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Kings of the Sun (1963)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 18 December 1963 (USA)
On the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the Native American tribe of chief Black Eagle clashes with the Mayan tribe of king Balam.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Elliott Arnold (story), Elliott Arnold (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Yul Brynner ... Chief Black Eagle
George Chakiris ... Balam
Shirley Anne Field ... Ixchel
Richard Basehart ... Ah Min
Brad Dexter ... Ah Haleb
Barry Morse ... Ah Zok
Armando Silvestre ... Isatai
Leo Gordon ... Hunac Ceel
Victoria Vetri ... Ixzubin (as Victoria Vettri)
Rudy Solari Rudy Solari ... Pitz
Ford Rainey ... The Chief
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angel Di Steffano Angel Di Steffano ... Balam
José Moreno ... The Youth
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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 Bruno Antony

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How a lost world became a new world of adventure!


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Trivia

The name for the style of pyramid the Mayans built is "ziggurat." See more »

Goofs

When Chief Black Eagle (Yul Brynner) and the enemy warrior fall off the pyramid together, they land in what is clearly a softened landing pad covered with sand, as at least 10 square feet of sand around them erupts into the air when they land in it. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1964) See more »

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A plea for help in locating a copy of this film!
16 March 2001 | by stevesegSee all my reviews

Hello out there!

I remember seeing this movie a few times back un the mid sixties and loving it. How bad I felt for the Mayans as they are defeated by the Toltecs (or whoever) and the royal family and troops retreat to the palace. But ahh the escape via tunnel and ultimately ship, to the Gulf coast of America. And yes, the final battle with the native indians coming to the aid of the Mayans (no place to run this time!)

I now realize this movie is not on video, but does anyone have a copy of their own somehow, that would be willing to make other copies? I would pay well for one!

What about German or other foreign versions?

Please contact me even if you have no news news and simply want to talk about the movie or book (which I have).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mound Builders See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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