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Kings of the Sun (1963)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 18 December 1963 (USA)
On the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the Native American tribe of chief Black Eagle clashes with the Mayan tribe of king Balam.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Elliott Arnold (story), Elliott Arnold (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yul Brynner ... Chief Black Eagle
George Chakiris ... Balam
Shirley Anne Field ... Ixchel
Richard Basehart ... Ah Min
Brad Dexter ... Ah Haleb
Barry Morse ... Ah Zok
Armando Silvestre ... Isatai
Leo Gordon ... Hunac Ceel
Victoria Vetri ... Ixzubin (as Victoria Vettri)
Rudy Solari Rudy Solari ... Pitz
Ford Rainey ... The Chief
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angel Di Steffano Angel Di Steffano ... Balam
José Moreno ... The Youth
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Storyline

In order to flee from powerful enemies, young Mayan king Balam leads his people north across the Gulf of Mexico to the coast of what will become the United States. They build a home in the new land but come into conflict with a tribe of Native Americans led by their chief, Black Eagle, while both Balam and Black Eagle fall in love the beautiful Mayan princess Ixchel. Written by Bruno Antony

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How a lost world became a new world of adventure!


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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mound Builders See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some key scenes were actually filmed at the pyramid at Chichen Itza. See more »

Goofs

The Mayan Tribe has relocated to the Mississippi delta area yet the tribal dress of the local Indians is of the upper plains (Cheyenne and Sioux) or lower Mohawk Valley (Algonquin) tribes. The locals also use teepees rather than the log huts traditional to the lower delta area. See more »

Quotes

Chief Black Eagle: Being rooted like trees never was meant for us. I take my people to where we belong. For there is no roof but the sky. For there are no walls to the edges of the earth. I take them to where birds sing for us. And where we live free like the deer.
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Connections

Referenced in The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1964) See more »

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I liked its clever premise
8 September 1999 | by EntwyfSee all my reviews

This movie is terrific!. I liked its clever premise of the Mayan culture contacting the Plains Indian culture. The Kon Tiki and Ra voyages of Thor Heyerdahl proved that "primitive" peoples sailed amazingly far distances, so the Mayans reaching North America and meeting a North American tribe is quite feasible. The two cultures' contact was fascinating and involving. I saw this movie years ago, and then once or twice on broadcast television channels. I wish I could see it again! With all the wide variety of cable and satellite channels now available, I wish one of them would show The Kings Of The Sun....... Or that it would become available on video or DVD.......


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