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Flaming Star (1960)

Flaming Star (1960)

Flaming Star




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Tensely directed by Don Siegel, Flaming Star is the grittiest of Elvis Presley's post-Army films. Elvis plays Pacer Burton, a half-breed youth in the old West, torn between loyalty to the whites, as represented by his father (John McIntyre), and the Indians, represented by his mother (Dolores Del Rio). A series of brutal Kiowa raids, and the subsequent reprisals by the white settlers, sorely test Pacer's fortitude. Though offered moral support from his loved ones, Pacer is forced to work things out himself. The film was based on a novel by Clair Huffaker. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Clair Huffaker, Nunnally Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 28, 2006
Twentieth Century Fox


Elvis Presley
as Pacer Burton
Dolores Del Rio
as Neddy Burton
Barbara Eden
as Roslyn Pierce
Steve Forrest
as Clint Burton
John McIntire
as Pa Burton
Rodolfo Acosta
as Buffalo Horn
Karl Swenson
as Dred Pierce
Ford Rainey
as Doc Phillips
Richard Jaeckel
as Angus Pierce
Anne Benton
as Dorothy Howard
L.Q. Jones
as Tom Howard
Douglas Dick
as Will Howard
Marian Goldina
as Ph' Sha Knay
Ted Jacques
as Hornsby
Rodd Redwing
as Indian Brave
Perry Lopez
as Two Moons
Sharon Bercutt
as Bird's Wing
The Jordanaires
as Vocal Accompaniment
Barbara Beaird
as Dottie Phillips
Virginia Christine
as Mrs. Phillips
Henry Amargo
as Brave (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Flaming Star

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A treasure trove of content for Presleyologists who interpret Elvis as a repository and reflector of America's conflicted and evolving attitudes toward youth, class, race and sex.

Full Review… | December 18, 2014
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The filmmaking may be a little ramshackle, but it's sensitive, and the performances are soulful.

Full Review… | August 5, 2010
Film Freak Central

...proves that Elvis didn't just get lucky with his first performance; the boy could actually act.

Full Review… | August 2, 2009

Audience Reviews for Flaming Star


Only okay as westerns go and actually very dark at the end but miles ahead of most of the tripe that Elvis was thrown into by the Colonel.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Not bad but not great. Elvis does a pretty good job, and the story isn't bad but it's also kinda pointless. Best opening scene ever in which you're about ready to kill yourself over the cheesy square dancing singing BS and then an indian just comes in and kills 'em all. A+

It?s an unusual western, and an unusual Elvis Presley film. More morose than I was expecting. The period detail is atrocious. The hairstyles are right out of 1960, not 1860. Still, it tackles some issues, and isn't a shallow film. Well produced

James Higgins

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