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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, 29 December 1961
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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

Elvis Presley had another song in the film, "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears", which was cut after preview audiences laughed at the staging (Elvis singing to the Indians around a campfire, accompanied by a chief on war drums). A studio version of the tune was recorded, but the original "Indian" version was only resurrected recently on the German "Elvis: Double Features" CD collection. See more »

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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

A Cane And A High Starched Collar
Written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett (as Roy Bennett)
Performed by Elvis Presley
Vocal Accompaniment by The Jordanaires
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Elvis's best film.
29 March 2003 | by Samoan BobSee all my reviews

Elvis stars as a half-Indian in this exciting Don Siegel-helmed Western with a ton of action and a meanstreak. Elvis's character is surprisingly tough and hard-assed, plus the songs are kept to a minimum (he sings the title song and does a little hoe-down at the beginning...that's it). Anyway, Indians are massacring farmers in an attempt to take back their land, and Elvis is torn between the Indians and the racist white folk. Elvis gives a great, understated performance...he seems aware that this is a Siegel film, not an Elvis film. All in all it's the King's best foray into filmland.


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