The Royal Hunt of the Sun (film)

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 Latin America and Spain. The film and play are based on the Spanish conquest of Peru by Pizarro in 1530.

The Royal Hunt of the Sun
Theatrical Release poster by Howard Rogers
Directed byIrving Lerner
Produced byRobert Sisk
Screenplay byPhilip Yordan
Based onThe Royal Hunt of the Sun
by Peter Shaffer
StarringRobert Shaw
Christopher Plummer
Music byMarc Wilkinson
Edited byBill Lewthwaite
Cinema Center Films
Security Pictures
Distributed byRank Organization (Great Britain)
National General Pictures (United States)
Release date
  • 6 October 1969 (1969-10-06) (United States)
Running time
121 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States


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 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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