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The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)

In 1532, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro leads an expedition into the heart of the Inca Empire and captures the Incan Emperor Atahualpa and claims Peru for Spain.


Irving Lerner


Peter Shaffer (play), Philip Yordan




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Shaw ... Francisco Pizarro
Christopher Plummer ... Atahuallpa
Nigel Davenport ... Hernando de Soto
Leonard Whiting ... Young Martin
Michael Craig ... Estete
Andrew Keir ... Valverde
William Marlowe ... Candia
James Donald ... King Carlos
Alexander Davion ... De Nizza
Shmulik Kraus ... Felipillo (as Sam Krauss)
Percy Herbert ... Diego
David Bauer ... Villac Umu
Danny Yordan Danny Yordan ... Vasca
Alfredo Porras Alfredo Porras ... Manco
Joaquín Parra Joaquín Parra ... Mendoza (as Joaquin Parra)


The Spanish explorer Pizarro captures the Inca god-chief Atahualpa and promises to free him upon the delivery of a hoard of gold. But Pizarro finds himself torn between his desire for conquest and his sense of honor after friendship and respect develops between captive and captor. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The birth of a hero. The death of an empire. The adventure of a lifetime.


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Christopher Plummer swung a spear about for fifteen minutes a day in physical preparation for his role as Atahualpa. See more »


King Carlos: Your capacity for survival is not in question. But you are a dreamer. If you would accomplish something, my loyal subject, you must be something.
Francisco Pizarro: Your Majesty, your court is filled with cold, precise, perfect men. They're all something. But they dare not dream for fear of making a mistake, so they do nothing! What I ask you, Your Majesty, is how long can Spain endure doing nothing?
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Riveting film with great acting
4 October 2000 | by Orca-20See all my reviews

Royal Hunt of the Sun has been called a cult classic. Maybe so, but for me it was an incredible movie with top notch actors. The film takes a different approach to Pizarro in Peru than one would expect. The mental conflict makes for a fascinating story line as well as a riveting performance by Robert Shaw and a jaw-dropping characterization of a Sun god by Christopher Plummer. It is truly a unique movie.

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English | Quechua

Release Date:

October 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Royal Hunt of the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Sevilla, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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