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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Hitting Western
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...
Published on 21 Feb 2002

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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.
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...
Published on 24 Jun 2003 by Jerry Dowlen


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Hitting Western, 21 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Flaming Star [VHS] (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
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Flaming Star [DVD] (DVD)
"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. He also did a fine job of directing John Wayne in his last film "The Shootist". The script was written by Clair Huffaker and the celebrated Nunnaly Johnson, with Marlon Brando in mind for the Presley role. The script was based on Huffaker's own book "Flaming Lance"(58). The support cast also included such stalwarts as Richard Jaekel and LQ Jones. So the film possesses much quality. On the down side the acting could be a little melodramatic at times. Perhaps Brando would have been stronger in the role, but Presley certainly gave it his all and should be applauded for that.

This is a very competent Western that contains many good scenes and provides food for thought. Elvis proves that not only was he a wonderful singer but he could also act a bit. Four stars is perhaps a little generous but the film deserves this for its honest endeavours.
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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
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This review is from: Flaming Star [VHS] (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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ' .... AND THE BEST ACTOR AWARD GOES TO - EL .... ', 28 Jun 2011
This review is from: Flaming Star [DVD] (DVD)
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flaming Star - Elvis Presley, what a star!, 15 July 2006
This review is from: Flaming Star [DVD] (DVD)
This film must be one of Elvis's best performance. The film does not include Jailhouse Rock which is a major disappointment, but Elvis's performance is superb. However, there are only two songs that Elvis has sung, the title song, and one within the first five minutes.

This is a thriller/ family drama, with Elvis portraying the anguish and heartache of being half Native American, and half White. With his natural tan, and coloured black hair, he certainly looks the part.

Elvis distrought when his Mother a Native American is killed, joins his Mother's clan to seek revenge, leaving behind his White father, and half brother. However, his White father is killed by the Native Americans, unknown to Elvis, who plays the character Pacer. His screen brother, Cliff takes revenge and gets wounded himself. Elvis helps his brother but in the process gets wounded and dies.

This is certainly a tear jerker, especially when Elvis buries his screen Mother, you just cant help thinking what Elvis is going through at that time, as he must be remembering his own Mother's funeral which had taken place not even five years ago in his own life.

I certainly would recommend this film, as one of Elvis's more serious films, and shows what a fine actor he was. Its a great shame that he was not able to make more films like this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, 28 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Flaming Star [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Flaming Star is a magnificent film. Directed by Don Siegal, of 'Dirty Harry' fame; you'll know that this is violent, edgy and tense.
Elvis best acting job; probably, though 'King Creole' and 'Wild in The Country' are close........if you like westerns, this is seriously one of the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's Kiowa. Clint's all right, but watch out for Pacer., 15 Dec 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Flaming Star [DVD] (DVD)
Flaming Star is directed by Don Siegel and adapted by Nunally Johnson and Clair Huffaker from Huffaker's own novel Flaming Lance. It stars Elvis Presley, Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest, John McIntire, Dolores del Rio and Rodolfo Acosta. Music is scored by Cyril J. Mockridge and cinematography by Charles G. Clarke.

Plot has Presley as Pacer Burton, the son of a Kiowa mother and a white father. The Burton's family contentment out on the Texas frontier is torn apart when a nearby Kiowa tribe begin raiding local homesteads. Pacer soon finds himself caught between two worlds as the neighbourhood white folk he has grown up with turn against him, while the new leader of the Kiowa's, Buffalo Horn (Acosta), courts Pacer for fighting the Kiowa cause.

A glorious CinemaScope production in De Luxe color, filmed on location in the San Fernando Valley, Presley's sixth film is one of his best. With the canny Siegel in the directing chair, a very good racism tinged screenplay on the page and Presley playing it straight, Flaming Star has good quality about it. Originally intended as a vehicle for Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra to play the Burton brothers, Huffaker's story would eventually change titles and put the character focus on the one mixed race brother. Enter Presley, who eager to tackle more serious acting roles than the comedic musicals favoured by his manager Tom Parker, grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

With Siegel stripping two songs from the piece, Flaming Star only has one actual musical number in the story (he also sings the title song over the opening credits), and that song, A Cane and A High Starched Collar, comes very early on and well before the narrative turns darker in tone. This opens the film up to the film lover not exactly enamoured with Presley's usual filmic fun and frothery. File it alongside King Creole and Jailhouse Rock as Presley movies with much more to offer from the star for the audience.

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What unfolds is a tightly constructed Oater that tackles racial themes that were a welcome part of the Westerns scene in the 1950s. It's hardly ground breaking stuff, and the topic had certainly been produced better previously, yet Presley makes the picture bristle with a moving performance that is tinged with a raw, volatile and sexy magnetism. Siegel and the writers insert some complex morality into the story, even an ideological struggle, and Presley rises to the challenge and carries the film with skill. Around him are a few very good performances, notably McIntire (Sam "Pa" Burton), del Rio (Neddy Burton) and Acosta, while Forrest (Clint Burton) improves later in the picture.

Inevitably budget restraints affect the production at times, some scenes aren't convincing (a great leap of faith is needed to accept one character's week long crawl through the desert) and the day for night filming is annoying. Arguably more irritating is the fact that some of the characters look like 1960s characters! But the exteriors are gorgeous and Siegel is a dab hand at action scenes, giving us here fist fights, chases, flaming arrow assaults and a good old battle. And with a bitter mood pervading the plot, coupled with an ending that's thankfully bold, there's just too many good things in the picture to let the flaws prevent this being a two thumbs up recommendation. 8/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis on top!, 18 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Flaming Star [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Best Elvis movie ever! Good storyline and fine director Don Siegel together with great co-stars - most of them western veterans - make this a good western besides from being an Elvis film. Elvis is fine as half-breed in straight movie about Texas in the 1870's.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis at his best, 20 May 2003
This review is from: Flaming Star [VHS] (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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5.0 out of 5 stars as very happy with the DVD, 4 July 2014
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Thank you very much, as very happy with the DVD
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