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Son of the Morning Star 

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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.




Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
Gary Cole ...  George Armstrong Custer 2 episodes, 1991
Rosanna Arquette ...  Libby Custer 2 episodes, 1991
Stanley Anderson ...  Ulysses S. Grant 2 episodes, 1991
Edward Blatchford Edward Blatchford ...  Lt. Cooke 2 episodes, 1991
George Dickerson George Dickerson ...  Gen. Sherman 2 episodes, 1991
Rodney A. Grant ...  Crazy Horse 2 episodes, 1991
Tom O'Brien ...  Charlie Reynolds 2 episodes, 1991
Terry O'Quinn ...  Gen. Alfred Terry 2 episodes, 1991
Nick Ramus ...  Red Cloud 2 episodes, 1991
Tim Ransom ...  Tom Custer 2 episodes, 1991
Robert Schenkkan ...  Capt. Weir 2 episodes, 1991
David Strathairn ...  Capt. William F. Benteen 2 episodes, 1991
Buffy Sainte-Marie ...  Kate Bighead 2 episodes, 1991
Dean Stockwell ...  Gen. Philip Sheridan 2 episodes, 1991
Bryce Chamberlain ...  Parsons 2 episodes, 1991
Peter Leitner Peter Leitner ...  Dr. Coates 2 episodes, 1991
George K. Sullivan ...  Gen. Hancock 2 episodes, 1991
Demina Becker Demina Becker ...  Young Kate Bighead 2 episodes, 1991
George American Horse George American Horse ...  Stone Forehead 2 episodes, 1991
Rion Hunter ...  Sioux Interpreter 2 episodes, 1991
Sheldon Peters Wolfchild ...  Bloody Knife 2 episodes, 1991
Michael Medeiros ...  Major Marcus Reno 2 episodes, 1991
Mike Casey Mike Casey ...  Lt. Varnum 2 episodes, 1991
Sav Farrow Sav Farrow ...  Pvt. Martini 2 episodes, 1991
Wendy Feder Wendy Feder ...  Maggie Calhoun 2 episodes, 1991
Patrick Johnston Patrick Johnston ...  Boston Custer 2 episodes, 1991
Eric Lawson Eric Lawson ...  Fred Gerard 2 episodes, 1991
Jay Bernard Jay Bernard ...  Congressman 2 episodes, 1991
Kimberly Guerrero ...  Kate Bighead 2 episodes, 1991
Russ Walks Russ Walks ...  Autie Reed 2 episodes, 1991
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman ...  Sitting Bull 2 episodes, 1991


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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Release Date:

1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of the Morning Star See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The screen caption shown at the beginning of the outdoor dance sequence at Fort Lincoln states that the time is the summer of 1876. That event would actually have taken place during the spring, weeks or months before the June 25th battle at the Little Bighhorn River. See more »


Kate Bighead: [Speaking the words of Crazy Horse] One does not sell the land upon which all living creatures walk.
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Featured in Legends of the West (1992) See more »

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19 April 2004 | by phj-2See 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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