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Legacy of the Incas (1965)

Das Vermächtnis des Inka (original title)
During the 1800s, Peru's government sends 2 envoys to negotiate peace with the rebellious Incas but a treasure-hunter bandit shoots the Inca ruler and his son, leaving the 2 envoys to take the blame for it.


Georg Marischka


Karl May (novel), Georg Marischka (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Madison ... Jaguar / Karl Hansen
Rik Battaglia ... Antonio Perillo
Heinz Erhardt ... Professor Morgenstern
Chris Howland ... Don Parmesan
Geula Nuni ... Graziella
William Rothlein William Rothlein ... Haukaropora
Fernando Rey ... President Castillo
Carlo Tamberlani ... Anciano
Raf Baldassarre ... Geronimo
Geza De Rosner Geza De Rosner ... Jan Hansen (as Geza v. Rosner)
Winfried Groth Winfried Groth ... Sergeant
Santiago Rivero ... Minister Ruiz
Lyubomir Dimitrov Lyubomir Dimitrov ... El Brazo Valiente (as L. Dimitroff)
Bogomil Simeonov Bogomil Simeonov ... Grosso (as L. Simeonoff)
Antonio Almorós Antonio Almorós ... Escobedo (as A. Almoros)


In Peru, the land of the Incas, the Indian pin their hopes on Jaucarapora. They want to him as their king who could drive back the white conquistador. A stranger appears in Lima who risks his life to rescue the president from a charging wildcat. This Jaguar is accused of the two Incas' murder. The president gives him four weeks to prove his innocence. No matter where the Jaguar goes, the craftily circulated news that he is wanted killer is always there ahead of him. Graciela, his dead brother's daughter, sets out alone to forewarn him. The Jaguar finds out that Gambusino has killed his brother and Jinaucarapora's father. Jaucarapora meets Graciela and saves her life. They fall in love each other. Gambusino tries to kill the Jaguar but perishes himself. Graciela persuades Jaucarapora that an uprising against the incomparably stronger whites will ruin his people for good. He rejects the sacred crown. The last Inca suffers death at the hands of his own mentor. Written by Georgi Djulgerov <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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Adventure | Western


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Release Date:

8 September 1965 (Spain) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Cierna minúta (1970) See more »

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Karl May with a difference
16 February 2020 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

Karl Hansen (Guy Madison) is framed for a murder he didn't commit, while the actual murderer got away. Years later, he returns under the name Vater Jaguar to finally catch the bad guy and avoid a new war between the South American natives and the government troops. The great cast includes Karl May regular Rik Battaglia, Fernando Rey and no less than 3 comedians: Walter Giller, Heinz Erhardt and (in a rather limited role that doesn't allow him to show his qualities) Chris Howland.

Although the movie had a lot of effort put into it, including filming in the real Machu Picchu (Peru), its success never got near the previous Karl May movies of the 1960s which were placed in North America. The audience missed stars like Lex Barker and Pierre Brice, and the Italian western style soundtrack by A F Lavagnino sounds titally different from Martin Böttcher's music for the other Karl May movies, so the whole feeling was wrong. It didn't help that the story was a bit lame, while the comedians didn't have a real connection to it - it feels like they were cut in from a different movie. Although the movie was quite a disaster in commercial terms, it is interesting to see a different approach to the famous Karl May novels.

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