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Flaming Star (1960)

Approved | | Western | 20 December 1960 (USA)
West Texas in the years after the Civil War is an uneasy meeting ground of two cultures, one white. The other native American. Elvis portrays Pacer Burton. The son of a white rancher (John ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roslyn Pierce
Neddy Burton (as Dolores Del Rio)
Sam 'Pa' Burton
Buffalo Horn (as Rudolph Acosta)
Dred Pierce
Doc Phillips
Angus Pierce
Anne Benton ...
Dorothy Howard
Tom Howard
Will Howard
Miriam Goldina ...
Ph'sha Knay (as Marian Goldina)
Monte Burkhart ...
Ben Ford


West Texas in the years after the Civil War is an uneasy meeting ground of two cultures, one white. The other native American. Elvis portrays Pacer Burton. The son of a white rancher (John McIntire) and his beautiful Kiowa Indian wife (Dolores DelRio). When fighting breaks out between the settlers and natives, Pacer tries to act as a peace maker, but the "flaming star of death" pulls him irrevocably into the deadly violence.

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




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Release Date:

20 December 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Heart  »

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Technical Specs


| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In May 1958 The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Nunnally Johnson had been slated to write, direct and produce the film. During the same month, Daily Variety wrote that Johnson wanted Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra to play the brothers. Eventually Johnson only worked as a writer on the film. See more »


When Sam Burton is hit deadly by three Indian arrows in his back, the Indian Warrior who shot the last arrow into his victim approaches the dying man in order to take his scalp. Sam lies with the front of his body to the ground the three arrows protruding out of his back. The Indian reaches Sam, turns him around and is shot by Sam who uses his last vitality strength to kill his murderer: to achieve this goal he has to lift his right arm to fire his colt on the Indian Brave thereby revealing that the three arrows that had been sticking in his back one second before are gone! They are not broken but still sticking in his body as would be the case in real life, no, they have dissolved into nothingness. See more »


Pacer Burton: [as Pacer and Clint ride into town] You heard what pa said. No horsing around with Ros.
Clint Burton: Now, just a minute. What do you mean "horsing around"?
Pacer Burton: Well, ain't that what you're doing with her?
Clint Burton: No, it ain't.
Pacer Burton: You mean, you mean it?
Clint Burton: And what if I do?
Pacer Burton: With a gal that wears britches?
Clint Burton: What's wrong with a gal that wears britches?
Pacer Burton: Well, ain't nothing wrong, but, uh, on second thought, you might look pretty good with skirts on.
[Clint laughs]
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Referenced in Offspring (2009) See more »


Flaming Star
Written by Sherman Edwards and Sid Wayne
Performed by Elvis Presley
Vocal Accompaniment by The Jordanaires
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Elvis's best film.
29 March 2003 | by (Menifee, California) – See all my reviews

Elvis stars as a half-Indian in this exciting Don Siegel-helmed Western with a ton of action and a meanstreak. Elvis's character is surprisingly tough and hard-assed, plus the songs are kept to a minimum (he sings the title song and does a little hoe-down at the beginning...that's it). Anyway, Indians are massacring farmers in an attempt to take back their land, and Elvis is torn between the Indians and the racist white folk. Elvis gives a great, understated performance...he seems aware that this is a Siegel film, not an Elvis film. All in all it's the King's best foray into filmland.

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