Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)





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Historical accuracy is cast aside in the film version of Peter Shaffer's play. Fueled by promises of gold, Pizarro (Robert Shaw) and his explorers make a third trip across the treacherous Andes Mountains to Peru. There they meet King Atahuallpa (Christopher Plummer), considered to be a god by his faithful followers. The two leaders overcome their initial mistrust and suspicion, garnering admiration for each other. When the King is sentenced to die, Pizarro tries unsuccessfully to prevent the monarch's death at the hands of gold-hungry explorers.
G (nothing objectionable)
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Robert Shaw
as Francisco Pizarro
Leonard Whiting
as Young Martin
James Donald
as King Carlos V
Andrew Keir
as Valverde
Michael Craig
as Estete
Nigel Davenport
as Hernando de Soto
Alexander Davion
as De Nizza
David Bauer
as Villac Umu
Joaquin Parra
as Mendoza
Sam Krauss
as Felipillo
Jose Panzio
as Salinas
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Inaccurate but nevertheless visually enticing historical drama about the Spanish conquistadors in South America.

Full Review… | January 12, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Royal Hunt of the Sun

worst casting in history? maybe. robert shaw as pizarro and christopher plummer as the inca emporer atahualpa! am i the only one who saw this bizarre picture?

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