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Flaming Star (1960)

Approved | | Western | 20 December 1960 (USA)
When fighting breaks out between two cultures in West Texas, the mixed-blood Pacer tries to act as a peacemaker, but the "flaming star of death" pulls him irrevocably into the deadly violence.

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Cast

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Roslyn Pierce
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Neddy Burton (as Dolores Del Rio)
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Sam 'Pa' Burton
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Buffalo Horn (as Rudolph Acosta)
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Dred Pierce
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Doc Phillips
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Angus Pierce
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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

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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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

Andy Warhol's famous diptych of Elvis Presley as a cowboy came from a shot in this movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Clint Burton: If anybody follows us, they'll be pure hell to pay!
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Soundtracks

Flaming Star
Written by Sherman Edwards and Sid Wayne
Performed by Elvis Presley
Vocal Accompaniment by The Jordanaires
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Even Presley had his day in the movies.
21 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

A lot of highbrows will dismiss that as another Elvis lousy movie.But just have a look at the name of the director:it's not Norman Taurog,it's Don "Body Snatchers" Siegel!And every Siegel movie is worth a watch at least or more with such gems as "invasion of the body snatchers" and "beguiled".

The screenplay is close to John Huston's "the unforgiven",Hepburn and here Presley are half-breed people and thus generate violence.But what seems fascinating here is Presley's part and his tragedy ,both in the movie,and in real life:the loss of his own mother.His performance is by far his most moving not only because he 's directed by a director with a genuine talent,but also because he probably searched his memories to give such a harrowing rendition.The old mom,an Indian herself ,who tries to go back to the mountain to die there is the moment which climaxes the movie.

This obsession with the mother's loss would continue in "wild in the country" ,Elvis's next movie,before he sank in an ocean of schmaltz.


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