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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.

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J. Lee Thompson

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Elliott Arnold (story), Elliott Arnold (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Its working title during filming was "The Mound Builders". 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 biblical epic without the Bible
20 April 2008 | by vic-232See all my reviews

I haven't seen the trailer for this movie, but I'm sure the words "Cast of Thousands" must have splashed across the screen in giant red letters.

"Kings of the Sun" is a costume melodrama with all the declaiming, strutting around, and general overacting characteristic of all the other costume melodramas produced in the late fifties and early sixties. The setting in pre-Columbian America doesn't really do all that much to distinguish it from the biblical epics filmed in the same period, and Yul Brynner's portrayal of an Indian chief is pretty much the same as his portrayal of an Egyptian pharaoh.

Neither George Chakiris as the Maya king nor love interest Shirley Ann Field bear any resemblance at all to Mayans, of course, but nobody in 1963 would have expected they would. As a matter of fact, Chakiris's hairdo was sufficiently reminiscent of Frankie Avalon's to distract me the whole way through. Still, there's a nice score by the great Elmer Bernstein.

Those who enjoy the genre will probably find some satisfaction in "Kings of the Sun," but certainly would be much happier with "The Ten Commandments" or "Spartacus."


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