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Flaming Star

  • Drama
  • Western
  • 1960
  • Don Siegel
  • 88 mins
  • PG

Summary

Western starring Elvis Presley and Steve Forrest. The Burtons, a family of mixed blood, have long been accepted in their local community. But when the Kiowa tribe rises up and a neighbouring settler family is massacred, Pacer - the offspring of a white father and a native American mother - is hopelessly trapped by his divided loyalties.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Originally intended as a vehicle for Marlon Brando, this astoundingly violent (for its time) western offered a strong showcase for the acting talents of Elvis Presley. He plays an unhappy misfit of Native American decent who is forced to take sides when his mother's people decide to go on the warpath. The glamorous Dolores Del Rio makes a Hollywood comeback as his ma and his pa is John McIntire. The tension, under the brilliant direction of Don Siegel, is beautifully sustained, and the outdoor colour and CinemaScope photography is outstanding. This was to be the last shot Presley would get at a decent acting role with a major director; after this his film career took a major turn for the worse. The box-office receipts were reasonable, but not startling, partly because the film totally lacked songs apart from the title number and a folksy dance tune, both in the opening minutes. Incidentally, this western has much in common with the classic The Searchers.

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Credits

Cast

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Pacer BurtonElvis Presley
Clint BurtonSteve Forrest
Roslyn PierceBarbara Eden
Neddy BurtonDolores Del Rio
Sam BurtonJohn McIntire
Buffalo HornRodolfo Acosta
Dred PierceKarl Swenson
Doc PhillipsFord Rainey
Angus PierceRichard Jaeckel
Dorothy HowardAnne Benton
Tom HowardL Q Jones

Crew

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DirectorDon Siegel

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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