Son of the Morning Star (1991)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  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 ...
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.


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3 February 1991 (USA)  »

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In the film, Custer is correctly portrayed as carrying some sort of early double-action revolver rather than the normal Single Action Army that was issued to the rest of the 7th Cav. While Custer's armament at the Battle of Little Bighorn is not completely known, the general consensus is that he was armed with a .50-70 Rolling Block Remington rifle, as well as his pair of Webley Royal Irish Constabulary pistols chambered in either .422 or .450 that had been presented to him, as well as a matching pair to his brother Tom, by the British some years before. See more »


In private conversations with President Grant, Phil Sheridan calls him by his first name Ulysses. In fact, Grant disliked this name and his close associates usually addressed him by the nickname of Sam. See more »


Kate Bighead: We Cheyenne called him, Hi-Es-Tsie, Long Hair. The Arikara called him, Creeping Panther, who comes in the night. The Crow called him, Son of the Morning Star, who attacks at dawn. I remember him. I saw him die.
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somewhat long, but worth every minute!
13 February 1999 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

If somewhat long, this epic "western" tells the story of Custer´s last defeat and tries to show what kind of man he was. Cole gives a stunning performance and the film is made interesting when seen thru "2 pairs of eyes", the wife of Custer seeing it from a white point of view and the Indian girl telling the truth about a black chapter of America´s history

Definitely worth watching!

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