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Son of the Morning Star (1991)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | History | Western  -  3 February 1991 (USA)
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The story of George Custer, Crazy Horse and the events prior to the battle of the Little Bighorn, told from the different perspectives of two women.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Blatchford ...
Lt. Cooke (as Ed Blatchford)
George Dickerson ...
Charlie Reynolds
Gen. Alfred Terry
Nick Ramus ...
Tom Custer
Robert Schenkkan ...
Capt. Weir
Kate Bighead (voice)
Bryce Chamberlain ...


The life of George Armstrong Custer comes alive in this made for television movie. Written by K.L

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Two great warriors. One final confrontation. The last great battle for the American Frontier.


PG-13 | See all certifications »




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3 February 1991 (USA)  »

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Son of the Morning Star  »

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1.33 : 1
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Originally, Kevin Costner was to have played George Armstrong Custer, and NBC-TV had a "Costner is Custer" advertising campaign all set to go. When Costner was delayed on a film project, Gary Cole stepped into the part. See more »


While in a tent on the plains with his wife Libby, Custer complains to her that he is 'only a colonel'. In fact, Custer was a lieutenant colonel (LC) at the time, and should have used that complete rank title in this conversation. Although the one word 'colonel' may be used informally to denote an LC, in this case Custer's complaint was specifically directed at his actual rank, so he should have used its full title. (Incidentally, Custer had reached the temporary rank of major general during the Civil War. But like many general officers of that conflict, he reverted to a lower permanent rank after the war ended. It is out of respect for his former higher rank that several fellow 7th Cavalry troopers in the movie address him as 'general'). See more »


Kate Bighead: [Referring to little Big horn] Anger was our best weapon that day.
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Featured in Legends of the West (1992) See more »

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19 April 2004 | by (Tromsø, Norway) – See all my reviews

I actually just bought this movie(ebay) for a significant amount. Not because I really thought it was that good, but because I`m totally hung up on the history of native Americans, and especially obsessed with the battle of Little Big Horn. In that respect I was NOT disappointed by this movie.

The climactic battle scene was actually very satisfying to me, because i was afraid it would a long wait for nothing. I was eager to see if they had managed to bring the great battle to a realistic scale (3000 thousand warriors, enormous Sioux camp). I was almost completely convinced. Both the choreography and the attention to historical details was flawless! All in all a must for "indians`/western fans" but also watchable for people interested in historical/war dramas. When that is said, this is after all a TV-production, and my review must be seen in that context.


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