Tintin and the Temple of the Sun

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Tintin and the Temple of the Sun
Directed byEddie Lateste
Written byHergé
Eddie Lateste
Jos Marissen
László Molnár
Michel Régnier
Produced byRaymond Leblanc
CinematographyFrançois Léonard
Edited byLászló Molnár
Music byFrançois Rauber
Release date
  • 13 December 1969 (1969-12-13) (France)
Running time
77 minutes

Tintin and the Temple of the Sun (original title Tintin et le temple du soleil) is a 1969 animated film produced by Belvision Studios.[1] A co-production between Belgium, France and Switzerland, it is an adaptation of Hergé's two-part Tintin adventure The Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun.


Coming after the success of the Belvision cartoon series, Hergé's Adventures of Tintin, there was a lot of publicity for the movie (which was the first of two animated films, the second being 1972's Tintin and the Lake of Sharks). Jacques Brel, a fan of the series, contributed two songs to the soundtrack, entitled Chanson de Zorrino and Ode a la Nuit.


When seven archaeologists find an old Inca mummy, they become the victims of an Inca curse. Back in Europe, they fall into a deep sleep one by one and only once a day, at the same time, do they wake up for a few minutes and have hallucinations of the Inca god. The story begins with the sixth archaeologist falling asleep by the contents of a crystal ball thrown into his car by Incas.

Professor Tarragon stays with Tintin, Snowy and Captain Haddock in Marlinspike Hall, when the Thompsons arrive, Tarragon learns from them that he is the last Councious Professor. A thunderstorm approaches and the lights go out. This is used by the Incas to put the last one in sleep and to capture Professor Calculus, who has proved to be a desecrater of the sanctuary by putting on the bracelet of the Inca sun god.

His friends Tintin and Haddock follow the track to Peru, up to the mountains through snow and jungle and finally discover the Temple of the Sun, where they are caught. Their only choice is to choose the day on which they want to be burned to death by the sun. Tintin chooses wisely and is able use an eclipse. At the end he achieves forgiveness, the archaeologists are cured from their curse and Calculus is released.


Character Original English
Tintin Philippe Ogouz Michael Williams
Captain Haddock Claude Bertrand Peter Hawkins
Zorrino Lucie Dolène Unknown
Chiquito Georges Atlas
The beefy mustache attacking Zorrino Albert Augier
The witness stammers at St. Nazaire Jacques Balutin
Peruvian commissioner Jean-Henri Chambois
A bandit on the boat Henry Djanik
The Santa Clara station master Gérard Hernandez
The policeman in the radio control room Jean-Louis Jemma
Maita Linette Lemercier
Jauga station master Serge Lhorca
One of the 7 scholars Jacques Marin
The great Inca, father of Princess Maïta Jean Michaud
Nestor Bernard Musson
The speaker, presenter of the expedition of the 7 scientists Roland Ménard
The doctor of the 7 scientists Serge Nadaud
A bandit with a knife in the mountain
An Inca guard
Professor Calculus Fred Pasquali Geoffrey Bayldon
Thompson Guy Piérauld Ronald Lacey
Thomson Paul Rieger John Clive
Professor Tarragon André Valmy Robert Brown
One of the 7 scholars Henri Virlojeux Unknown

Additional Voices[edit]

  • Geneviève Beau
  • Jacques Jouanneau
  • Jacques Ruisseau
  • Jacques Sablon
  • Bachir Touré

Changes from the books[edit]

Many scenes from the source books are deleted; in fact the whole of The Seven Crystal Balls is condensed into twenty minutes of film. Events were changed and some are added. For example, the Prince of the Sun's daughter is introduced, who tries to beg her father to spare the prisoners (and likes Zorrino). Also, Thomson and Thompson accompany Tintin and Captain Haddock on their quest to rescue Professor Calculus, whereas in the books their only role is attempting to use dowsing in order to find Tintin and his friends (and their arrival in the Incan village delays the planned execution).


  1. ^ "10 Best Movie References in the French Dispatch". Screen Rant. 28 November 2021.

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