Tintin and the Temple of the Sun (1969)
"Tintin et le temple du soleil" (original title)

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Tintin travels to Peru to rescue some archaeologists from an old inca curse.



(graphic novels "Les sept boules de cristal" and "Le temple du soleil"), (adaptation), 4 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Philippe Ogouz ...
Tintin (voice)
Claude Bertrand ...
Lucie Dolène ...
Zorrino (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Augier ...
Le moustachu costaud s'attaquant à Zorrino (voice)
Jacques Balutin ...
Le témoin bègue à st.nazaire (voice)
Geneviève Beau ...
Jean-Henri Chambois ...
Le commissaire péruvien (voice)
Henry Djanik ...
Un bandit sur le bateau (voice)
Gérard Hernandez ...
Le chef de gare de Santa Clara (voice)
Jean-Louis Jemma ...
Le policier dans la salle de contrôle radio (voice)
Jacques Jouanneau ...
Linette Lemercier ...
Serge Lhorca ...
Le chef de gare de Jauga (voice)
Jacques Marin ...
Un des 7 savants (voice)
Jean Michaud ...
Le grand Inca, père de la princesse Maïta (voice)


When seven archaeologists find an old Inca temple, they become the victims of an old Inca curse. Back in Europe, one by one they fall into a deep sleep and only once a day, all at the same time, they wake up for some minutes and have hallucinations of the Inca god. The story begins with the 6th archaeologist being put into sleep by the contents of a crystal ball that are thrown into his car by Indios. The last conscious archaeologist stays at Tintin and Haddock in Moulinsart. A thunderstorm approaches and the lights go out. This is used by the Indios to put the last one in sleep and to capture professor Tournesol, who has proved to be a desecrater of the sanctuary by putting on the bracelet of the Inca god. His friends Tintin and Haddock follow the track to Peru, up to the mountains through snow and jungle and finally discover the temple of the sun wheres they are captured, too. Their only choice is to chose the day on which they want to be burned to death by the sun. Tintin chooses ... Written by Michael Zink and Jens Müller

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Release Date:

13 December 1969 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Seven Crystal Balls and the Prisoners of the Sun  »

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SEK 1,116,597 (Sweden)

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1.33 : 1
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Version of The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun (2016) See more »


Ôde à la nuit
Words and Music by Jacques Brel
Performed by Lucie Dolène
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Compromised, but still watchable
31 December 2003 | by (Brittany, France) – See all my reviews

It has been some time since I read the fantastic Tintin books by Herge but I remember enough to know that there are a number of changes in this version from the book so do not expect to see an animated book in front of you. One example, look at the front cover of prisoners of the sun ( image is online at Amazon ), it does not appear in any of the frames - why? Maybe considered too "scarey" for animated visuals yet not for a book read by the very same audience. The music and songs are a pretty dire purile Disney-ish addition, and in the dubbed English version the voices grate. Some of the animation is a mite dodgy but generally good ( using the base artistic talent of Herge how could it not be ), but my fiance who did not know when the "filming" had taken place thought it was computerised it was so good enough and in her view more advanced than other cartoons of its day. As a Tintin fan I would love to see a series of feature length films bringing them to life in a more accurate and sympathetic manner that appealed as much to their adult as the child fanbase rather than the current choices we have - 20 minute or 5 minute truncated serialisations on television or the one or two full film length but compromised variants.

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