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Action | Adventure
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
100 min
IMDB Rating:
6.1 / 10 
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Directors: Jerry Hopper [Director] ,

Movie Description:
An Inca legend says the Inca Empire was destroyed by the gods when a gold and jeweled star burst was stolen from the Temple of the Sun centuries ago, and the ancient civilization will spring anew when the treasure is returned. The natives want it but so does Harry Steele, an American adventurer of slightly-shady ways who wants it for personal gain, as does his adversary, a grizzled old man even more into skulduggery than Steele. The latter teams up with Elena Antonescu, an Iron Curtain refugee fleeing from the MKVD. She can help him get a plane and he can help her escape Peru for the relative safety of Mexico.Is there a chance they will end up in a bickering love-hate relationship?... Is there a chance an American archaeologist, Dr. Stanley Moorehead, will come along as one corner of a romantic triangle?... Is there a chance that Yma Sumac (billed third on the posters and ads and special billed in the film), who can't act but can sing, will sing a few songs?... Is there a chance that these trite-sounding questions will develop into a film that is far from trite and vastly entertaining? Dang right, there is. Check it out. —Les Adams


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Suspenseful archaeological adventure

An unscrupulous American adventurer searches for a fabulous Inca treasure buried in a secret tomb high in the mountains of the Andes. However, he discovers he is not the only person after the priceless artefact.

Just one look at Charlton Heston dressed in khaki, fedora and brandishing a whip, and you know that this film influenced Spielberg in the Indiana Jones film, but just don't expect OTT, cliffhanging action, but a suspenseful archaeological drama thriller with some excitement and backed with interesting characters and eerie Peruvian singing ( though it can be too much singing and focus can be deterred from the story.) It does rely on its technicolour and location, but it's interesting enough to maintain your interest. There's some good acting, especially from Heston. Archaeological scenes are done really well,too.

Indiana Jones's Anti-Adventure Granddad

Jerry Hopper's cult film's cult film SECRET OF THE INCAS is already known to have inspired not only the Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones get-up including leather jacket and fedora...

But both need reminding how attractive they are... girl student eyelids there and smitten lady tourists Marion Ross and Glenda Farrell here...

But more importantly, each piece together an incomplete curio to find out exactly where the archeological treasure is, and that's the secret...

Sadly, by the time we reach the mountaintop Inca village where local crooner Yma Sumac chants songs from mystic opera to what sounds like Indian scat blues, Charlton Heston's fitfully named Harry Steele sits and waits for that gold while scheming double-crosser Thomas Mitchell waits to steal it...

However the real scene STEALER is THE WEAPON French beauty Nicole Maurey, banded with Heston for a dream ride to America before winding up on his fortune-hunting trip...

But their scenes back in a small airstrip town that includes an attempted assassination, pulpy tavern dialogue and stealing a plane puts some terrific action into an otherwise bland adventure...

If only they stayed where they started, and not reached the destination so soon, and for so long...

Unlike the inspired RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, there are not enough layers/levels here.

Secret of the Incas

Heston plays a tough, cynical treasure hunter filling in as a tourist guide. He is though keen to find a legendary Incan treasure and when an opportunity for a private plane to take him and his latest girl to Machu Picchu to seek this out he is not going to miss the opportunity.

You only have to look at Heston to see how this influenced Indiana Jones and there are also quite a few incidents picked up by Spielberg later. This is where the similarities end as the action relating to treasure hunting is pretty thin and for most of the film, it's just about the planning, travelling and avoiding the baddies. Heston is a real star though and carries this fun but unremarkable adventure with ease - frankly everyone else is neither here or there.

Nice to see singing legend Imma Sumac doing her amazing thing.

Point of interest - what exactly is Thomas Mitchell doing at the snooker table near the start of the film?
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