Plunder of the Sun

Overview

Adapted from a novel by David Dodge, Plunder of the Sun is basically Treasure of the Sierra Madre in Aztec country. Several interested parties converge upon the Mexican Aztec ruins in search of a long-buried treasure. Insurance investigator Glenn Ford is ostensibly the hero, but he doesn't seem any more trustworthy than the rest of the petty crooks, fallen women and alcoholics who've gone along for the archeological ride. And as long as the producers were borrowing from John Huston's Sierra Madre, they decided to...
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Overview

Adapted from a novel by David Dodge, Plunder of the Sun is basically Treasure of the Sierra Madre in Aztec country. Several interested parties converge upon the Mexican Aztec ruins in search of a long-buried treasure. Insurance investigator Glenn Ford is ostensibly the hero, but he doesn't seem any more trustworthy than the rest of the petty crooks, fallen women and alcoholics who've gone along for the archeological ride. And as long as the producers were borrowing from John Huston's Sierra Madre, they decided to snatch a bit of Huston's Maltese Falcon by having a "fat man" villain played by Sidney Greenstreet clone Francis L. Sullivan. By the middle of the picture, the treasure hunters have fallen out and murder is committed. An expected ironic ending caps this workmanlike melodrama.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Plunder of the Sun is frequently criticized as ripping off both The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Maltese Falcon, and with more than a little justification. The influences are obvious, and it's a shame that Plunder doesn't reach the same level as its inspirations. Still, Plunder is an entertaining film. It's not because of its screenplay, which is messy and occasionally confusing and which features a cast of characters about whom it is hard to care. What makes Plunder work is its star and, even more importantly, its location shooting. The shots inside the actual ancient ruins (and elsewhere in Mexico, for that matter) are often stunning, and they do give Plunder a look and atmosphere that are hard to beat. In fact, the visuals often take the place of character in this film -- a good thing, considering how cardboard some of the people are. Leading man Glenn Ford hasn't been given any more real depth than the others, but his star quality manages to overcome that little detail, and he manages to find enough to "play" to make his scenes interesting. If director John Farrow can't make the screenplay move into high gear, he does move things along as best as he can, and he makes sure that Ford is kept busy and onscreen as much as possible. And when all else fails, he can always fall back on those exteriors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • UPC: 097368876644
  • Original Release: 1953
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Subtitled / B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,124

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Ford Al Colby
Diana Lynn Julie Barnes
Patricia Medina Anna Luz
Francis L. Sullivan Thomas Berrien
Sean McClory Jefferson
Eduardo Noriega Raul Cornejo
Julio Villareal Ubaldo Navarro
Charles Rooner Capt. Bergman
Douglas Dumbrille Consul
Mona Barrie Tourist
Juan Garcia Bartender
Margarito Luna Tacho
Patricia Median
Technical Credits
John Farrow Director
Antonio Díaz Conde Score Composer
Jack Draper Cinematographer
E. Fabregat Songwriter
Robert M. Fellows Producer
Jonathan Latimer Screenwriter
Harry Marker Editor
Andrew V. McLaglen Art Director
John Wayne Producer
Alfred Ybarra Art Director
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