The Royal Hunt of the Sun (film)

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The Royal Hunt of the Sun
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Irving Lerner
Screenplay by Philip Yordan
Based on The Royal Hunt of the Sun
by Peter Shaffer
Produced byRobert Sisk
Edited by Bill Lewthwaite
Music by Marc Wilkinson
Cinema Center Films
Security Pictures
Distributed by Rank Organization (Great Britain)
National General Pictures (United States)
Release date
  • 6 October 1969 (1969-10-06)(United States)
Running time
121 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom
United States

The Royal Hunt of the Sun is a 1969 British-American epic historical drama film based on the play of the same name by Peter Shaffer. It stars Robert Shaw as Francisco Pizarro and Christopher Plummer as the Inca leader Atahualpa. Plummer appeared in stage versions of the play before appearing in the film, which was shot in South America and Spain. The film and play are based on the Spanish conquest of Peru by Pizarro in 1530.



With a small rag-tag band of soldiers, Francisco Pizarro enters the Inca Empire and captures its leader, Atahualpa. Pizarro promises to free him in return for a golden ransom, but later finds himself conflicted between his desire to conquer and his friendship for his captive.



The film has a rating of 56% on Rotten Tomatoes. [1]

Home media

The Royal Hunt of the Sun was released to DVD by CBS Home Entertainment on November 25, 2014, via its CBS MOD DVD-on-demand service.

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