Kings of the Sun Reviews

  • Apr 25, 2021

    A very oily Yul Brynner in <em>The King(s of the Sun) and I</em>

    A very oily Yul Brynner in <em>The King(s of the Sun) and I</em>

  • Oct 05, 2018

    Worth it just to watch Yul Bryner walk around in his costume!

    Worth it just to watch Yul Bryner walk around in his costume!

  • Feb 16, 2018

    Lavish but predictable adventure gives the viewer ample opportunities to see both Yul Brynner and George Chakiris topless.

    Lavish but predictable adventure gives the viewer ample opportunities to see both Yul Brynner and George Chakiris topless.

  • Jun 28, 2017

    Kings of the Sun is a disappointing film. It is the Native American tribe of chief Black Eagle clashes with the Mayan tribe of king Balam on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Yul Brynner and George Chakiris give horrible performances. The screenplay is badly written. J. Lee Thompson did a terrible job directing this movie. I was not impressed with this motion picture.

    Kings of the Sun is a disappointing film. It is the Native American tribe of chief Black Eagle clashes with the Mayan tribe of king Balam on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Yul Brynner and George Chakiris give horrible performances. The screenplay is badly written. J. Lee Thompson did a terrible job directing this movie. I was not impressed with this motion picture.

  • Nov 29, 2014

    This would be just an average studio movie but for a clever premise (Mayans flee across the Gulf of Mexico to establish a community in North America) and Yul Brynner's stunning screen presence... Giants of a lost world--'Kings of the Sun' is the story of a civilization burst into full flower, filmed beautifully in Chichén Itzá, Yucatán - Mexico, J. Lee Thompson's motion picture is colorful and highly entertaining... Tacky but fun pre-Columbian Western!!

    This would be just an average studio movie but for a clever premise (Mayans flee across the Gulf of Mexico to establish a community in North America) and Yul Brynner's stunning screen presence... Giants of a lost world--'Kings of the Sun' is the story of a civilization burst into full flower, filmed beautifully in Chichén Itzá, Yucatán - Mexico, J. Lee Thompson's motion picture is colorful and highly entertaining... Tacky but fun pre-Columbian Western!!

  • May 13, 2012

    Great Yul Brynner original

    Great Yul Brynner original

  • Apr 26, 2012

    bring a fondue pot when watching this one its really cheezy

    bring a fondue pot when watching this one its really cheezy

  • Mar 05, 2012

    Great Yul Brynner original

    Great Yul Brynner original

  • Apr 09, 2011

    Hundreds of years ago when I was a kid, I saw this 1963 epic on TV as a midday movie and found it very exciting and exotic for two main reasons - (a) its premise of Mayans vs. Native Americans, and (b) the one and only Yul Brynner, a man who was born to be a movie star. Hundreds of years later, I've once again seen 'Kings Of The Sun' and it has dated in some regards. At its worst, the dialogue is clunky and stiff; some aspects of the story (especially the love triangle) are very clumsy; it's amusing and a little embarrassing seeing the lead roles played mostly by unconvincing-looking Anglos; and the action scenes are somewhat flat and surprisingly bloodless even for a 1963 epic (especially the big battle at the end). Despite those flaws of age, however, I still very much enjoyed 'Kings Of The Sun'. Visually, it's still very impressive as those old epics are - and even more so nowadays that when you see hundreds of strikingly-costumed people swarming over massive ancient structures, they actually were hundreds of strikingly-costumed people swarming over massive sets rather than CGI. As well, despite its faults and predictability, the story is still engaging and interesting (unlike more recent efforts like the great-looking but unexciting 'Apocalypto'). One factor that hasn't aged, though - and in fact has improved with age - is the late great Yul. In 'Kings Of The Sun', he radiates star-power - and despite not being the main role, and also spending about half of his screen-time as a prisoner, he dominates the film. Movies and movie-stars were different back then, and Yul was a good example. 'Kings Of The Sun' is not quite in the same league as all-time classics like 'Ben-Hur', but nonetheless it's still good fun.

    Hundreds of years ago when I was a kid, I saw this 1963 epic on TV as a midday movie and found it very exciting and exotic for two main reasons - (a) its premise of Mayans vs. Native Americans, and (b) the one and only Yul Brynner, a man who was born to be a movie star. Hundreds of years later, I've once again seen 'Kings Of The Sun' and it has dated in some regards. At its worst, the dialogue is clunky and stiff; some aspects of the story (especially the love triangle) are very clumsy; it's amusing and a little embarrassing seeing the lead roles played mostly by unconvincing-looking Anglos; and the action scenes are somewhat flat and surprisingly bloodless even for a 1963 epic (especially the big battle at the end). Despite those flaws of age, however, I still very much enjoyed 'Kings Of The Sun'. Visually, it's still very impressive as those old epics are - and even more so nowadays that when you see hundreds of strikingly-costumed people swarming over massive ancient structures, they actually were hundreds of strikingly-costumed people swarming over massive sets rather than CGI. As well, despite its faults and predictability, the story is still engaging and interesting (unlike more recent efforts like the great-looking but unexciting 'Apocalypto'). One factor that hasn't aged, though - and in fact has improved with age - is the late great Yul. In 'Kings Of The Sun', he radiates star-power - and despite not being the main role, and also spending about half of his screen-time as a prisoner, he dominates the film. Movies and movie-stars were different back then, and Yul was a good example. 'Kings Of The Sun' is not quite in the same league as all-time classics like 'Ben-Hur', but nonetheless it's still good fun.

  • Jul 13, 2010

    A unique movie in the fact that it is one of the few to recognise the various Native American people as individual nations. Of all the movies he starred in, Brynner is the best physical shape of his life. Sort of a lost gem in the Brynner collection, he works well with the character though the other actors suffer in their parts, clearly not being up to Brynner's level.

    A unique movie in the fact that it is one of the few to recognise the various Native American people as individual nations. Of all the movies he starred in, Brynner is the best physical shape of his life. Sort of a lost gem in the Brynner collection, he works well with the character though the other actors suffer in their parts, clearly not being up to Brynner's level.