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Writers:
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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Edward Hardwicke obituary
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Good Story Ruined by Poor Production Values See more (19 total) »

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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Runtime:
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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Good Story Ruined by Poor Production Values, 12 January 2001
Author: Bob-45 from Savannah, GA

Producer Phillip Yordan had some pretty tough days in the early 1970s. Yordan was charged with tax evasion, I believe as part of his relationship with Samuel Bronston and Pierre DuPont. Bronston had allegedly comingled Dupont's money on several of his productions (most notably EL CID and FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE). Bronston was finished by the late 1960s and Yordan would fall later, which may explain the erratic production values of BAD MAN'S RIVER and ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN.

SUN remains, a tattered quasi-masterpiece, despite Christopher Plummer's rather eccentric performance. One wonders what might have been. No matter, what is on display is good enough for the cheap price of the the DVD. Nevertheless, the quality of the DVD leaves much to be desired. The DVD uses a distracting "baby or royal blue" rather than black for its letterboxing. The interlacing is so bad in some sequences, the film is hardly viewable. The sound is uniformly underrecorded. Surely the masters weren't in THIS bad a shape.

Worth a look for students of history AND of good drama.

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