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Son of the Morning Star 

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

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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
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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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1991 (USA) See more »

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Aamutähden poika See more »

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The low ratings this mini-series garnered during its initial 1991 broadcast had ABC executives re-think and eventually pull the plug on the Civil War epic "The Killer Angels", which they planned to produce and air. This decision led to Ted Turner picking up the project, renaming it Gettysburg (1993), and releasing it in theaters. See more »

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Some 7th Cavalry troopers are shown with hairstyles from the late 1980s or early 1990s. See more »

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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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Featured in Legends of the West (1992) See more »

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A Sprawling Epic
22 September 1998 | by Quinn-5See all my reviews

"Son Of The Morning Star" is by all accounts and definitions an epic. With a period backdrop, compelling characters, a cast of thousands and a span of ten years, "Morning Star" fits the mold of almost every made-for-tv-mini series. Yet you can't help but feel it's being confined on the small screen like a belt that's too tight on you. It has the look and feel of a theatrical feature, and would seem so much bigger on the big screen. But Mike Robe's gigantic effort is no movie of the week basic network fodder. It's the post-Civil War story of General George Armstrong Custer, his lovely and loyal wife Libbie, and Custer's Indian equivalent Crazy Horse, and the interesting chain of events that lead the two warriors to the gentle slopes of the Little Big Horn, or, more popularly, Custer's Last Stand. But, as the Indian female narrator Kate Bighead tells us, "it was not [Custer's] last stand...it was ours". The first half of the film seems somewhat confused of its real direction, and it's pretty much the movies only flaw. We meet the characters, soak in the rich setting of the western plains of our country, and are led through such happenings as Custer's court martialing for his harsh treatment on deserters, the training of his 7th cavalry, the somewhat flawed presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, who, apparently, is quite the anti-Custer, and to a lesser extent to all of this, the early days of the Cheyenne warrior Crazy Horse, played by underrated Native American actor Rodney A. Grant (Wind In His Hair from "Dances With Wolves", which is what I believe ultimatly helped greenlight this production). But besides that jumbled storyline, which really isn't all that jumbled, there are first rate acting scenes displayed by Gary Cole as our arrogant blond hero, who seems to really know his stuff when it comes to first person impressions. Rosanna Arquette is just going through the motions, and so is Dean Stockwell as Custer's superior in Washington, General Sheridan. But the real reward for sticking through this movie is the heart-wrenching climax of all movie climaxes, the Battle of Little Big Horn. Custer's actual Last Stand isn't until the final half hour, but boy is it worth the wait. Mike Robe really deserves some, heck, A LOT of credit for this logistical nightmare of a production. He takes us through Custer's final moments with true skill and utter authority. Combined with the poetic and professional lens job done by director of photography Kees Van Oostrum, and a lush orchestral score by Craig Safan, "Son Of The Morning Star" is a real piece of work, and should be considered a genuine cinematic triumph in the annals of western and dramatic film. Kudos, guys.


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