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Peter Shaffer (play)
Philip Yordan (writer)
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Release Date:
15 July 1970 (West Germany) See more »
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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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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Shaw ... Francisco Pizarro

Christopher Plummer ... Atahualpa

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 ... Atahualpa (voice) (uncredited)
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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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USA:118 min | UK:121 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Atahualpa:Gold is the sweat of the Sun. It's mine.See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Belief System Put To The Test, 28 February 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In the tradition of Becket comes The Royal Hunt Of The Sun, a piece of important history reduced to a personal struggle between two men. Only these two, Conquistador Francisco Pizarro and Emperor Atahualpa of the Incas have far more in common than they think.

The Royal Hunt Of The Sun was a successful play on Broadway running for 261 performances, written by Peter Shaffer. It won a Tony Award for young David Carradine playing Atahualpa. But in the film version Robert Shaw plays Pizarro and Christopher Plummer who was Pizarro on stage plays Atahualpa. I'm guessing that Plummer's Pizarro was a bit less rough around the edges than Shaw is in the film.

He's certainly a fascinating Atahualpa who like the early emperors of the Roman Empire took divinity unto himself. The problem is that when you're supposed to be a god, you have to occasionally do something really spectacular to prove your claim. That's what kind of undoes Plummer in the end.

As for Pizarro, he never claimed he was anything, not even a gentleman. He was a soldier by profession, an illegitimate kid who raised pigs as a young man and left to join the Spanish army of Emperor Charles V. Atahualpa was also born on the wrong side of the blanket and defeated his brother in a civil war for the Inca Empire. That's a most human act and Pizarro is quick to notice.

He also is a shrewd judge of the Inca psychology. When in that famous event he tricks Atahualpa into captivity, Pizarro realizes the empire built on a godhead emperor can't function without him. The Incas are paralyzed with the fact they're whole belief system is being put to the test and failing badly. Of course in theological discussions with Father Andrew Keir of the expedition, Atahualpa's not doing too bad himself. But these are only academic exercises.

This is not a faithful adaption. The whole scene at Charles V's court with James Donald as the Emperor is written for the screen. A whole lot of peripheral characters have been changed as well. Still the spirit of what author Shaffer was trying to say is realized.

The Royal Hunt Of The Sun is both entertaining and intellectually stimulating.

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