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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 »


Dred Pierce: If you hurt that child, I'll get you, you godless savage!
Pacer Burton: Stay where you are, Pierce!
Ben Ford: You heard Dred, Indian! Any harm comes to that girl and you're dead in a minute!
Pacer Burton: Just keep talkin', Ford and you'll be dead now!
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Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: Archaeology Today (1970) See more »


A Cane And A High Starched Collar
Written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett (as Roy Bennett)
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"Every man/Has a flaming star/A flaming star/Over his shoulder"
3 April 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Half-breed Elvis Presley is caught between warring sides in the Old West circa 1870. Clair Huffaker's book, adapted by Huffaker and the esteemed Nunnally Johnson, has now become a vehicle for the leading man, and Presley the Actor never really did carve out his niche on the movie screen. He's a quiet, some may say stolid, presence, acting a great deal just with his eyes--though one aches for him to loosen up. The hot "Elvis Sings Songs From Flaming Star" album is much preferable to the movie, which cuts the musical performances down to a minimal two. The film has some action, a fine supporting cast, lots of melodrama; the critics liked it and certainly Charles G. Clarke's beautiful cinematography is worth seeing in widescreen. ** from ****

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