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Writers:
Peter Shaffer (play)
Philip Yordan (writer)
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Release Date:
6 March 1970 (Ireland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The birth of a hero. The death of an empire. The adventure of a lifetime.
Plot:
The Spanish explorer Pizarro captures the Inca god-chief Atahualpa and promises to free him upon the delivery of a hoard of gold... See more » | Add synopsis »
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(2 articles)
Kings of the Sun
 (From Trailers from Hell. 8 September 2015, 9:55 AM, PDT)

Edward Hardwicke obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 18 May 2011, 4:06 PM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Shaw ... Francisco Pizarro

Christopher Plummer ... Atahuallpa

Nigel Davenport ... Hernando de Soto

Leonard Whiting ... Young Martin
Michael Craig ... Estete

Andrew Keir ... Valverde
William Marlowe ... Candia

James Donald ... King Carlos
Alexander Davion ... De Nizza
Sam Krauss ... Felipillo

Percy Herbert ... Diego
David Bauer ... Villac Umu
Danny Yordan ... Vasca
Alfredo Porras ... Manco
Joaquín Parra ... Mendoza
José Panizo ... Salinas
Óscar Álvarez ... Rodas
Lisardo De La Inglesia ... Domingo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Rietty ... Atahuallpa (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Lerner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Shaffer  play
Philip Yordan  writer

Produced by
Eugene Frenke .... producer
Philip Yordan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marc Wilkinson 
 
Cinematography by
Roger Barlow 
 
Film Editing by
Bill Lewthwaite 
Peter Parasheles 
 
Art Direction by
Eugène Lourié 
 
Costume Design by
Anthony Powell 
 
Makeup Department
Antonia López .... hair stylist
Julián Ruiz .... makeup artist
María Nieves Ruiz .... hair stylist (as Mª Nieves Ruiz)
 
Production Management
Alejandro Perla .... production manager
Gregorio Sacristán .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
José María Ochoa .... first assistant director
Martín Sacristán .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Rafael Ablanque .... assistant art director
José María Alarcón .... assistant art director
Julián Mateos .... props
Julián Mateos .... set dresser
Julio Molina .... associate art director
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roy Baker .... sound editor
Ken Barker .... sound mixer
Wally Milner .... sound recordist
Anne Parsons .... sound editor
Mike Tucker .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Manuel Baquero .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Day .... camera operator
Antonio Luengo .... still photographer
Luis Peña .... camera operator (as Luis Pena)
Francisco Sempere .... photography: second unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Simminger .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Marc Wilkinson .... conductor
 
Other crew
Eva Del Castillo .... script supervisor
Norma Gorcey .... production secretary
John Kirby .... dialogue continuity
 

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Runtime:
USA:118 min | UK:121 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Christopher Plummer swung a spear about for fifteen minutes a day in physical preparation for his role as Atahualpa.See more »
Quotes:
Atahualpa:I am Atahualpa Capac. Son of the Sun. Son of the Moon. Lord of the Four Quarters. Why you not kneel?See more »

2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Colourful Stage Play, 25 January 2010
Author: Chris. from Australia

The first time I saw this flick, I was disappointed; disappointed because I'd expected an adventure tale of King Soloman proportions, an Aladdin's cave full of gold, and bloody Inca battles in a Peruvian jungle setting. In hindsight, I should've read the reviews, because my frame of mind would've been in the right place to enjoy this intense character study. Suffice to say on second viewing, I was able to appreciate the quality of the stage-born dialogue, and the precision with which its delivered by both Shaw and Plummer in their unique portrayals of demi-gods by any other name.

Narratively, it's a detailed snapshot of Pizarro's ill-fated conquest of the Incas, not for the glory of gold, but for the almost sanctimonious obsession with divinity and unparalleled colonialism. In essence, he signed his ticket before he departed Spain, promising the world he could never deliver, pursuing a pathological indulgence to satisfy his superior ego. There's an element of pity in Shaw's depiction of Pizarro, that of a mercenary without a war, unable to adjust to a civilian life. Shaw is magnificent as the deeply righteous conquistador whose eloquence in arguing secular sovereignty, fails to dominate the simple native lexicon of King Atahualpa (Plummer), communicating in a basically nonsensical series of clicks and chirps. If Atahualpa can prove he is a God, Pizarro will recognise his sovereignty, but if not, both his life and his land of rich antiquities will belong to the kingdom of Spain.

With Michael Craig, Leonard Whiting and Nigel Davenport in the wings, it's an ensemble British cast of true quality, and the performances are first rate. Set design, costumes, score and script deliver, and while momentum is at times a distinct challenge, if you're not fully engaged in the dialogue, the result is likely to be languid in pace and voluble in speak. My initial viewing was such; fortunately, I watched it a second time.

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