Flaming Star [DVD]
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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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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)
Languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italien.
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italien, Norwegian, Swedish, Chinese.
Region: A, B, C ( worldwide free )
Running Time: 1:30:57
along with a song for the family ho-down.
'Pacer' (Elvis) lives with his Father 'Sam' (John McIntire) his 'Kiowa' Mother 'Neddy' (Dolores Del Rio) and Brother
by 'Sam's' first marriage 'Clint' (Steve Forrest)
When the 'Kiowa' attack and kill a local family hate reigns down on 'Pacer' and his mother with the local town folk
aside from 'Clint's' intended 'Roslyn' (Barbara Eden) ...the local community holding them in-part responsible for
the killing of the 'Howard' family.
The locals will want to know who's side 'Pacer's' family will fight on in the event of a showdown that seems inevitable,
trouble being the new 'Kiowa' Chief 'Buffalo Horn' (Rodolfo Acosta) who is set on a war with the 'whites' wants 'Pacer'
to ride with them.
When 'Neddy' is shot by the one survivor from the 'Howard' ranch, she needs a doctor, the town-folk try to dissuade
the Doc from helping the 'Kiowa' squaw.
Decision time will come sooner rather than later for 'Pacer' as the time for conflict draws closer...he'[[ feel the decision
has been made for him by events.
A decent Western with some good action sequences along the way that gave the young 'Elvis' the chance to perform as
an actor rather than a 'Rock-Star' in this 1960 movie.
Of course 'Elvis' signed up to do many films, some of the early one were pretty enjoyable, however for me it seemed
'Elvis' was on a treadmill he had little control over...?
This is an enjoyable (Elvis) western that if a fan is well worth a viewing.
(Blu-ray upgrade is very good)
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.
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.Read more ›
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