The Royal Hunt of the Sun (movie)

The Royal Hunt of the Sun is anAmerican-British filmdirected byIrving Lernerand released in1969.

The film is freely inspired by Peter Shaffer’s play of the same name , which recounts part of the life of conqueror Francisco Pizarro and his meeting with the Inca emperor Atahualpa .


The film takes place during the conquest of Peru by the Spanish conquistadors led by Francisco Pizarro from 1532 .

Pizarro enters the Inca empire with a small troop of soldiers and manages to capture his emperor, Atahualpa . Pizarro promises to release him in exchange for a ransom of gold, but later he is torn between his appetite for conquest and his friendship for his prisoner.

Technical sheet

  • Title: The Royal Hunt of the Sun
  • Director: Irving Lerner
  • Scenario: Philip Yordan , after Peter Shaffer’s eponym
  • Photography: Roger Barlow
  • Editing: Bill Lewthwaite and Peter Parasheles
  • Music: Marc Wilkinson
  • Artistic direction: Eugène Loubié
  • Costumes: Anthony Powell
  • Country of origin: United States / United Kingdom
  • English language
  • Release date: 1969


  • Robert Shaw : Francisco Pizarro
  • Christopher Plummer : Atahualpa
  • Nigel Davenport : Hernando de Soto
  • Leonard Whiting : The young Martin
  • Michael Craig : Estete
  • Andrew Keir : Valverde
  • James Donald : King Carlos
  • William Marlowe : Candia
  • Percy Herbert : Diego

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