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Flaming Star [DVD]

Elvis Presley , Don Siegel    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elvis Presley
  • Directors: Don Siegel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LPLO2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,906 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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In the years after the Civil War, western Texas is an uneasy meeting ground of two cultures: one white, the other Native-American. Elvis stars as Pacer Burton, the son of a white rancher (John McIntire) and his beautiful Kiowa wife (Dolores Del Rio). When fighting breaks out between the settlers and natives, Pacer is pulled into the deadly violence despite his peace-making efforts.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Hitting Western 21 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Flaming Star is excellent, Elvis gives his best acting performance as Pacer, a half-breed Native American, torn between his mother's and father's people.
Elvis is tremendous in the role, originally intended for Brando, but eventually considered as being too old to play the young, violent and hot-tempered Pacer.
Still, I seriously doubt that anyone could have given a better performance than Elvis. This film is gripping, as Pacer slowly reaches boling point as the tension gradually builds between the settlers and uprising Kiowa Indians.
Elvis was an excelent actor and its a pity that his mid-sixties, flimsy pop films over-shadow the excellent films that he made.
A quick recommendation on the King's 10 best films are:
1 Flaming Star(1960)
2 Wild In The Country(1961)
3 King Creole(1958)
4 Jailhouse Rock(1957)
5 Follow That Dream(1962)
6 The Trouble With Girls(1969)
7 Change of Habit(1969)
8 Blue Hawaii(1961)
9 It Happened at The World's Fair(1962)
10 Stay Away Joe(1968)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Proves he can Act. 6 May 2009
"Flaming Star"(60) is a very unusual Elvis Presley film. It also happens to be one of his best. His acting surpasses anything else in his film career. The film contains few of the usual Presley stock ingredients. There are no musical interludes, although he does sing the title song and a brief ditty soon after the start. There is no comic relief, no easy roomance and no easy solution to the problems raised. The film is a surprisingly dark and sombre affair. For once Preley relies more on his acting ability than his musical talents, and to be fair he doesn't do a bad job.

The story is set in Texas during the early pioneering days. Sam Burton played very well by John McIntyre, is married to a Kiowa Indian woman played by Dolores Del Rio. Clint Burton the eldest son is white from a previous marriage and Pacer played by a dark complexioned Presley is the mixed race son from Sams later union. Soon into the film the Kiowa hit the warpath and local people turn against Pacer and his mother because of their Indian blood. Pacer's loyalties become divided and he faces agonising decisions. Soon the hatred caused by this senseless prejudice leads to conflict and tragedy.

The film is ambitious in its serious look at the conflict between the white man and the native American through the eyes of one who has the blood of both running through his veins. The film bears similarities to an earlier Western "Broken Lance" starring Spencer Tracy as the ranch patriarch with his Indian Wife Katy Jurado. Their mixed race son in that film was Robert Wagner. At times especially in an attempted rape scene the action is quite visceral for the time.

The film was directed by Don Siegal who famously collaborated with Clint Eastwood in some good films a few years later.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis at his best 20 May 2003
By sp
Format:VHS Tape
This is my favourite Elvis movie - no stupid songs (well, the one about the starched collar is naff), no daft romances - just Elvis and a superb cast acting their socks off.
Elvis not only looks great but is actually making an effort in this one. Makes you wonder what things would have been like if he continued like this. Beautifully filmed, great cast and is very good even if Elvis doesn't actually steal the show - he's not in every frame unlike some of his other efforts and this lets the story grow.
Even better than King Creole - if you are buying one Elvis movie then this is the one to get.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What? No girls? No beautiful girls in an Elvis Presley movie?? How can that be? So what is an Elvis movie without the girls?

These are the questions you will ask yourself when you are watching this film. The fact is that this is just a great movie, with Elvis being called upon to act. And he really throws himself into his role as a half breed. Set in the late 1800s, this is a genuine old style western movie that everyone will enjoy.

Don't expect much singing though, 'cos Elvis only sings a couple of minor songs made to fit the story.

If you want to see a really good serious Elvis movie, then don't miss this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Elvis COULD act! This film proves it. 24 Jun 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I saw "Flaming Star" for the first time ever in June 2003! I can now agree with the other reviewers who have said that Elvis's films "Flaming Star", "King Creole" and "Wild in the Country" demonstrate that he truly had what it takes to be a really good actor in movies. I think that his efforts in "Follow That Dream" and "Kid Galahad" were quite respectable too. All of these movies had their flaws, but they had redeeming features too. In "Flaming Star" all the best moments, I reckon, come in the first half of the movie when the plot is taut, the acting and the dialogue is convincing, and the tension builds. Somehow though it seems to sag and then to peter out as though the author (who co-wrote the screenplay) didn't really know what to do with and how to end the story that had built up so promisingly at the halfway point. There are two songs in the film but in all my years of listening to pop music (since 1961) I don't think I've ever heard either of them played on the radio or anywhere! "Flaming Star" (sung by Elvis over the opening credits) is OK - a bit of a formula Elvis song - and "A Cane and a Starched White Collar" is a relaxed and colourful whoop-it-up piece of country dancing that is squeezed into the first five minutes of the film - get the music out of the way and then on with the serious stuff! When it was released, "Flaming Star" apparently received quite a lukewarm reception from most of the the critics and it seems to have gone down in history as a mediocre and rather muddled effort. I doubt that anyone would remember it or give it a second thought nowadays, if Elvis hadn't been in it. But on the whole I found it to be a better film than I was expecting to see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars as very happy with the DVD
Thank you very much, as very happy with the DVD
Published 27 days ago by Kerry Randell
5.0 out of 5 stars elvis
this has to be one of elvis's best movies right up there along such greats as jailhouse rock and king creole elvis only sings one song
in it along the title song , i like to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by christine dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars The high point of Presley's acting resume
Hollywood’s model of taking pop music phenomenons and placing them in film productions began with Bing Crosby and accelerated with Frank Sinatra. Read more
Published 4 months ago by THE BLUEMAHLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Here we go again
Another wanted present. Loved the film and was the one wanted the most. Really enjoyed the film and contents. Pleasureable
Published 6 months ago by sweetjoy
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Flaming star got a five rating from me because I love the film,I enjoyed watching it very much, and would recommend it to all who is an Elvis fan and even if you are not one,it is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ELVIS MOVIE!!!!!
great ELVIS movie...good script...he looks great as a half-blood indian...if you are an ELVIS fan you must have this dvd...TCB
Published 8 months ago by ALEX NEGREANU
5.0 out of 5 stars He's Kiowa. Clint's all right, but watch out for Pacer.
Flaming Star is directed by Don Siegel and adapted by Nunally Johnson and Clair Huffaker from Huffaker's own novel Flaming Lance. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Star
I wasn't quite sure that Elvis would work well in a Western as opposed to a musical, but my doubts soon vanished as I watched this film. Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by P. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Flaming Star
Amazon expedited delivery, packaged against damage, Priced to beat competitors, reproduced better than VHS. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by L J ARTHURS
2.0 out of 5 stars Flaming Star
This Presley film is not a musical, Elvis sings the title song, the rest is a basic drama set in early American. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by Brian Murphy
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