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In order to flee from powerful enemies, young Mayan king Balam leads his people north across the Gulf of Mexico to the coast of what will become the United States. They build a home in the new land but come into conflict with a tribe of Native Americans led by their chief, Black Eagle, while both Balam and Black Eagle fall in love the beautiful Mayan princess Ixchel.Written by
The Mayan Tribe has relocated to the Mississippi delta area yet the tribal dress of the local Indians is of the upper plains (Cheyenne and Sioux) or lower Mohawk Valley (Algonquin) tribes. The locals also use teepees rather than the log huts traditional to the lower delta area. See more »
Chief Black Eagle:
Being rooted like trees never was meant for us. I take my people to where we belong. For there is no roof but the sky. For there are no walls to the edges of the earth. I take them to where birds sing for us. And where we live free like the deer.
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This would be just an average studio movie but for a clever premise (Mayans flee across the Gulf of Mexico to establish a community in North America) and Yul Brynner's stunning screen presence. Brynner portrays a noble Indian chief as only he could do with tremendous screen presence and boundless charisma. When I first saw the movie, I loved the climactic battle scene but now I relish the human drama in Yul Brynner's character most. One of his best performances!
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