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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.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Clair Huffaker (screenplay), Nunnally Johnson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Pacer Burton
Barbara Eden ... Roslyn Pierce
Steve Forrest ... Clint Burton
Dolores del Rio ... Neddy Burton (as Dolores Del Rio)
John McIntire ... Sam 'Pa' Burton
Rodolfo Acosta ... Buffalo Horn (as Rudolph Acosta)
Karl Swenson ... Dred Pierce
Ford Rainey ... Doc Phillips
Richard Jaeckel ... Angus Pierce
Anne Benton Anne Benton ... Dorothy Howard
L.Q. Jones ... Tom Howard
Douglas Dick ... Will Howard
Tom Reese ... Jute
Miriam Goldina Miriam Goldina ... Ph'sha Knay (as Marian Goldina)
Monte Burkhart 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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Taglines:

CHOOSE!... Between your white father and your Kiowa mother !

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Heart See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$900,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

An August 1960 The Hollywood Reporter news item noted that Diane Baker was originally to co-star with Elvis Presley. 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

Tom Howard: [as the Burtons and their guests finish dinner] Whole supper was just great, Mrs. Burton. Of course, like Will and me always say, when it comes to cookin', no one would ever guess you was any different from... well, our ma or anybody else.
Neddy Burton: I'm really proud you liked it Tom. Just a little more cake?
Tom Howard: [Tom chuckles] No, ma'am!
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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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Very good indeed
23 April 2004 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

One of Elvis's best films. Legendary film director Don Siegel (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dirty Harry) gets the most out of Elvis and the King proves here that when he had something of substance to work from, he was more than capable.

This film not only has a gripping and tragic storyline, it looks and feels authentic enough in dealing with an important chapter in American history. The film is packed with emotional moments and action and an all round good cast. If Elvis had gotten more film roles like this one, he could have become one of the great movie stars. 8 out of 10.


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