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Seven Crystal Balls and the Prisoners of the Sun (1969)

Tintin et le temple du soleil (original title)
Tintin travels to Peru to rescue some archaeologists from an old inca curse.


Eddie Lateste


Hergé (graphic novels "Les sept boules de cristal" and "Le temple du soleil"), Eddie Lateste (adaptation) | 4 more credits »




Credited cast:
Philippe Ogouz Philippe Ogouz ... Tintin (voice)
Claude Bertrand Claude Bertrand ... Le capitaine Haddock (voice)
Lucie Dolène Lucie Dolène ... Zorrino (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Augier Albert Augier ... Le moustachu costaud s'attaquant à Zorrino (voice)
Jacques Balutin Jacques Balutin ... Le témoin bègue à st.nazaire (voice)
Geneviève Beau Geneviève Beau ... (voice)
Jean-Henri Chambois Jean-Henri Chambois ... Le commissaire péruvien (voice)
Henry Djanik Henry Djanik ... Un bandit sur le bateau (voice)
Gérard Hernandez Gérard Hernandez ... Le chef de gare de Santa Clara (voice)
Jean-Louis Jemma Jean-Louis Jemma ... Le policier dans la salle de contrôle radio (voice)
Jacques Jouanneau Jacques Jouanneau ... (voice)
Linette Lemercier Linette Lemercier ... Maita (voice)
Serge Lhorca Serge Lhorca ... Le chef de gare de Jauga (voice)
Jacques Marin ... Un des 7 savants (voice)
Jean Michaud Jean Michaud ... Le grand Inca, père de la princesse Maïta (voice)


When seven archaeologists find an old Inca temple, they become the victims of an old Inca curse. Back in Europe, one by one they fall into a deep sleep and only once a day, all at the same time, they wake up for some minutes and have hallucinations of the Inca god. The story begins with the 6th archaeologist being put into sleep by the contents of a crystal ball that are thrown into his car by Indios. The last conscious archaeologist stays at Tintin and Haddock in Moulinsart. A thunderstorm approaches and the lights go out. This is used by the Indios to put the last one in sleep and to capture professor Tournesol, who has proved to be a desecrater of the sanctuary by putting on the bracelet of the Inca god. His friends Tintin and Haddock follow the track to Peru, up to the mountains through snow and jungle and finally discover the temple of the sun wheres they are captured, too. Their only choice is to chose the day on which they want to be burned to death by the sun. Tintin chooses ... Written by Michael Zink and Jens Müller

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As the albums almost figures no women in their then-format, a young girl in the Inca settlement was added as a possible love-interest to Zorrino. See more »

Alternate Versions

The two song sequences present in the original French version were cut from the British VHS release. The opening credits were almost entirely removed as well. However, one of the songs was restored for the DVD release, along with the full opening credit sequence. See more »


La chanson de Zorrino
Words and Music by Jacques Brel
Performed by Lucie Dolène & Linette Lemercier
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if you're fond of Tintin...
18 September 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

A quite successful adaptation of one Tintin's adventure. The animation is nice and some of the elements that made the success of the famous reporter are here to keep the fans happy: exotic sceneries, a mysterious curse and a touch of humor ( of course a bit conventional) brought by the eccentric detectives: the Thompsons. This touch of humor was brought perhaps to lighten the story and to avoid that it's too seriously told. But the result works. You aren't bored at all and Tintin's fans should find something in it.

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Release Date:

13 December 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Seven Crystal Balls and the Prisoners of the Sun See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.33 : 1
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