The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)

G  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  6 March 1970 (Ireland)
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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 ... 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 <>

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


Adventure | Drama


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6 March 1970 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Az aranybirodalom bukása  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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2.35 : 1
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Robert Shaw did extensive literary and experiential research before filming began, reading books about Pizarro's career, retracing the conquistador's steps through Perú and Spain, and visiting Pizarro's tomb. See more »


Francisco Pizarro: You'll have to furnish me with better argument before I give up Atahualpa!
Estete: Perverse man, what is Atahualpa to you?
Francisco Pizarro: Someone I promised life.
Estete: Promised life. How quaint. The sort of chivalrous idea that you pretend to despise. If you want to be an absolute king, my man, you have to learn how to act out of self-will! Break your word, just because you made it! 'Til then, you're nothing but a... a pig-man trying to copy his betters.
Valverde: My son, listen to me. No promise to a Pagan need bind a Christian. ...
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Christopher Plummer and Robert Shaw: the perfect combination for a wonderful movie!
30 July 2003 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is really one of the best movies I´ve ever watched in my life! Christopher Plummer is absolutely wonderful as Atahualpa (nice accent, convincing acting) and Robert Shaw is a great Francisco Pizarro (lots of emotion and passion). This movie is about a beautiful culture and empire being ruined within a very short time: the Spanish conquistadors come to Peru in search of gold and to convert the natives. They find an extremely well-organised empire with their own God: Atahualpa. It´s fascinating to watch Pizarro becoming more and more fond of Atahualpa and at the same time it becomes more and more difficult for Pizarro to decide about the Inca´s fate. This is, of course, not a very modern movie: there are no visual or audio effects and at certain points the camera work isn´t perfect (a bit shaky, for instance). However, the story is great, the dialogue is interesting and sometimes thoroughly moving and the actors are doing a terrific job! Full marks for The Royal Hunt Of The Sun and...sorry, but I have to mention it...Plummer doesn´t look bad in this movie...

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