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Flaming Star (1960)

 -  Western  -  20 December 1960 (USA)
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Sam Burton's second wife Neddy is Indian, their son Pacer a half-breed. As struggle starts between the whites and the Kiowas, the Burton family is split between loyalties. Neddy and Sam are... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pacer Burton
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Roslyn Pierce
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Neddy Burton (as Dolores Del Rio)
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Sam 'Pa' Burton
Rodolfo Acosta ...
Buffalo Horn (as Rudolph Acosta)
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Dred Pierce
Ford Rainey ...
Doc Phillips
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Angus Pierce
Anne Benton ...
Dorothy Howard
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Tom Howard
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Will Howard
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Jute
Miriam Goldina ...
Ph'sha Knay (as Marian Goldina)
Monte Burkhart ...
Ben Ford
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Sam Burton's second wife Neddy is Indian, their son Pacer a half-breed. As struggle starts between the whites and the Kiowas, the Burton family is split between loyalties. Neddy and Sam are killed; Pacer sides with the Indians, his half-brother Clint with the whites. Written by Otto Oberhauser <Oberhauser@cc.univie.ac.at>

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CHOOSE!... Between your white father and your Kiowa mother !

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Western

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20 December 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Heart  »

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| (FMC Library Print)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elvis Presley had another song in the film, "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears", which was cut after preview audiences laughed at the staging (Elvis singing to the Indians around a campfire, accompanied by a chief on war drums). A studio version of the tune was recorded, but the original "Indian" version was only resurrected recently on the German "Elvis: Double Features" CD collection. See more »

Quotes

Pacer Burton: All Ma and me ever got from Whites is mean looks and don't get uppish with us.
Roslyn Pierce: Oh, that's not true.
Pacer Burton: You were the worst. You made me feel it the worst. When I was little I liked you a lot. You were the only girl I ever liked a whole lot. But ever since you've been old enough to know, you never looked at me once without saying something in the back of your head. "He's Kiowa. Clint's all right, but watch out for Pacer."
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Elvis the Actor
14 May 2005 | by (LA) – See all my reviews

Basically, Elvis does not sing much in this one. It is a dramatic role in which he plays a half-breed youth, raised in his father's white world, but now caught in the midst of an Indian war.

This film is a sad statement of what might have been. Here we glimpse the natural dramatic talent that was never allowed to blossom. There would be no "From Here to Eternity" for Elvis as there was for Sinatra. Contracts later forced him in to the musical-comedy roles that he grew to hate. He was told you will do these movies with this starlet or that starlet, sing this bad music with ducks or cows in the background, play the race car driver, the speed boat driver, the motorcycle racer, or you won't work at all.

The truly sad thing is that if this part of Elvis' talent had been cultivated, if his musical career had been kept separate from a dramatic acting career, perhaps his life would have traveled a very different road. It is a horrible thing to know that you have talent & to want to be able to use that talent, but be forced to waste it. IMHO, it was something that gnawed at him and played no small part in his own self-destruction.


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