Kings of the sun

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German title Kings of the sun
Original title Kings of the Sun
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1963
length 107 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director J. Lee Thompson
script Elliott Arnold
James R. Webb
production Lewis J. Rachmil
music Elmer Bernstein
camera Joseph MacDonald
cut William H. Reynolds

Kings of the Sun is an American adventure film by J. Lee Thompson, directed in 1963. The film premiered on December 18, 1963. In Germany, the film was released two days later, on December 20, 1963.


The feared warriors under the leadership of Hunac Ceel advance into the territories of the Mayas . During the fighting, the Mayan king is killed. His son Balam succeeds him and leads his people to the coast against the objection of the high priest Ah Min. The enemy warriors push in and force the Mayans to flee across the sea.

They reach North America, where they want to settle in peace. But they are soon attacked by a neighboring Indian tribe led by Black Eagle. In the fight with Balam, the Indian is wounded and taken prisoner. Balam's fiancée Ixchel nurses Black Eagle back to health. Balam can prevent the Black Eagles from being sacrificed. The two become friends, they decide that their tribes should live side by side in peace.

Meanwhile, the warriors of Hunac Ceels who want to destroy the Maya civilization have come to North America. They attack the Mayans, but this time, with the help of Black Eagle's tribe, the invaders are defeated. During the fight, Black Eagle saves his friend Balam's life and is killed in the process.


The lexicon of international film describes the film as “pseudo-historical entertainment, staged with great material expenditure, but without any claim”. The magazine "Variety" highlighted the "powerful authority" of the main actor Brynner. The direction is described as “erratic and lagging behind”, but the fight scenes are designed with great “vigor and imagination”. The New York Times had a negative view of the whole film: " J. Lee Thompson , the director who put ' Taras Bulba ' on unsuspecting moviegoers at Christmas time last year , struck again."


The Mirisch Corporation film was shot entirely in Mexico . The filming locations were the Chichén Itzá temple complex on the Yucatán peninsula , the city of Mazatlán on the Pacific , and the Churubusu studios in Mexico City .

In the original version, James Coburn can be heard as the narrator.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Kings of the Sun. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed October 3, 2016 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  3. Kings of the Sun at Turner Classic Movies (English)