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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

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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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Miriam Goldina ...
Ph'sha Knay (as Marian Goldina)
Monte Burkhart ...
Ben Ford
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Storyline

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original title for this movie was "Black Star". Elvis Presley even recorded a song by that name. When the title was changed he re-recorded the song, using the same words and melody but changing the word "black" to "flaming". The song "Black Star" was unreleased for years, until it appeared on the Elvis boxed set "Collectors Gold" in 1991. See more »

Quotes

One Indian: Kiowa Pacer. Is it true, earth, round like ball, white man live on all sides?
Pacer Burton: That is true.
Another Indian: Tell me, why men on bottom not fall off?
Pacer Burton: I've never been there. Maybe they do.
[they all laugh]
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Flaming Star
Written by Sherman Edwards and Sid Wayne
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Vocal Accompaniment by The Jordanaires
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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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