Legacy of the Incas

Legacy of the Incas (German: Das Vermächtnis des Inka) is a 1965 adventure film directed by Georg Marischka and starring Guy Madison, Rik Battaglia and Heinz Erhardt.[1] It was made as a co-production between Bulgaria, Italy, Spain and West Germany. It is based on the 1892 novel of the same name by Karl May, and was part of a boom in adaptations of the writer's work.[2]

Legacy of the Incas
Directed byGeorg Marischka
Produced by
Written by
  • Karl May (novel)
  • Winfried Groth
  • Georg Marischka
  • Franz Marischka
Music byAngelo Francesco Lavagnino
Edited by
  • Anneliese Artelt
  • Enzo Alabiso
  • Boyana Film
  • Franz Marischka Film
  • Orbita Films
  • Produzioni Europee Associate
  • Studija Za Igralni Filmi
  • Tritone Cinematografica
  • Órbita Films
Distributed by
  • Universal Films Española
  • Nora-Filmverleih
Release date
  • 21 August 1965 (1965-08-21)
Running time
100 minutes
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Bulgaria
  • West Germany

Location shooting took place in Spain and Bulgaria. The film's sets were designed by the art director Saverio D'Eugenio.


In nineteenth century Peru, two envoys are sent by the government to negotiate with the Incas.



  1. Bock & Bergfelder p. 113
  2. Bergfelder p. 252


  • Bergfelder, Tim (2005). International Adventures: German Popular Cinema and European Co-productions in the 1960s. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-539-2.
  • Bock, Hans-Michael; Bergfelder, Tim, eds. (2009). The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-655-9.

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