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The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)

The Spanish explorer Pizarro captures the Inca god-chief Atahualpa and promises to free him upon the delivery of a hoard of gold. But Pizarro finds himself torn between his desire for ... See full summary »

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The Spanish explorer Pizarro captures the Inca god-chief Atahualpa and promises to free him upon the delivery of a hoard of gold. But Pizarro finds himself torn between his desire for conquest and his sense of honor after friendship and respect develops between captive and captor. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The birth of a hero. The death of an empire. The adventure of a lifetime.

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6 March 1970 (Ireland)  »

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Az aranybirodalom bukása  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Christopher Plummer had played Pizarro in the 1965 Broadway run of the play; he was asked by Robert Shaw to sign on to the film as Atahualpa. Plummer drew inspiration for his own performance from David Carradine's stage depiction of the Inca. See more »

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Atahualpa: They cannot kill me.
Francisco Pizarro: Cannot?
Atahualpa: Only my Father can take me from here. And he not accept me killed by men like you. Men with no word. You may be King in this land. But never God. And if you kill me tonight, I will rise at dawn, when my Father first touch my body with light.
Francisco Pizarro: That's not possible.
Atahualpa: All my people know it. Is why they let me stay with you.
Francisco Pizarro: Your people let you stay with me because they knew I could not kill you?
Atahualpa: So.
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Underrated classic
7 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Yes, Christopher Plummer's accent and antics are, to the the least of it, peculiar, but trying to see this as a historically accurate epic seems to be missing the point. The original play was by Peter Shaffer - he of Amadeus and Equus, and this film follows the same themes - the conflict and tension between between (according to interpretation) real and apparent power, or between ability and genius. The tension between Atahualpa and Pisarro is along the same lines as between Mozart and Salieri, or the Boy and the Psychiatrist. One has the trappings of power and success, but who really has the raw power? Seeing it as a historical epic is a mistake - just as "Becket" is a very modern take on a different battle of wills.


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