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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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The project was developed at NBC in the mid-1980s. Kevin Costner was considered to play George Armstrong Custer, but the network thought he was not well-known enough to carry the show. Ultimately, the network thought it would be too expensive to make, leading to ABC picking up the project. Costner would eventually become a movie star, and had enough clout to get the thematically-similar Dances with Wolves (1990) made; that film was released a few months before "Son of the Morning Star" debuted. See more »


When Custer's skirmish lines collapse during his last stand, one soldier behind him is shown rapidly firing a Winchester rifle. Not only were there no Winchesters being documented as used within the 7th Cavalry (including private purchase weapons), it appears that the soldier isn't shooting at anything in particular, as he simply cycles the rifle as fast as possible without adjusting his aim. See more »


Capt. Weir: [Indignantly to Benteen] Captain! Permission to ride to the sound of the firing, SIR!
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pretty good
30 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

A very good bio-pic as it closely follows the facts. Based upon the Book "Son of the Morningstar" by Evan S. Connell (1984). Gary Cole does a good job in a drama role as opposed to the many comedy roles he's done more recently. The bleakness of the plains and the futility of the events leading up to the Little Bighorn drag the movie down in its tone at times, but then this is a Last Stand saga. It presents the Native American Point of View and presents Custer's demise as a combination of his own folly and bad decisions by the US government.

More time could have been spent on Custer's life up to and during the Civil War, he was at Appomattox, received Lee's flag of surrender and was present at the signing of the surrender (and rode away with the table General Lee signed the surrender on!). He remains the US Army's youngest general to date. The movie rather focuses on Custer's life as an Indian fighter.

Noted historian Stephen Ambrose (who wrote "Crazy Horse and Custer") supported the possibility that Custer may have fathered a child out of wedlock with an Indian woman, a point covered in the movie and a major plot element. Robert Utley, former superintendent of the Little Bighorn Battlefield, noted a letter in his book "Cavalier in Buckskin" by one of Custer's own officers that asserted such a relationship existed (Capt. Benteen, one of Custer's officers at the Little Bighorn). This is still a debatable point and Custer may have been sterile as a result of acquiring a STD during his West Point Days, according to some historians.

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