Flaming Star (1960)

Flaming Star (1960)




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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, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Western
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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
Tom Reese
as Jute
Marian Goldina
as Ph' Sha Knay
Monte Burkhart
as Ben Ford
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
Ray Beltram
as Indian
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 (11)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 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.

August 2, 2009

Audience Reviews for Flaming Star


I will be strong. Very strong. Sam's wife dies leaving him and his son, Clint, on their own. Sam remarries a Native American, Neddym and they have a "half-breed" son, Pacer. A war breaks out between the white settlers and the Native Americans and Sam and Neddy are killed in the process leaving Clint and Pacer to pick sides in the war. Clint picks the whites and Pacer picks the Native Americans and the brothers meet on the battlefield. "Are you my brother beyond the wall?" Don Siegel, director of Dirty Harry, Escape from Alcatraz, Shooter, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1959), The Verdict, No Time for Flowers, and Spanish Affair delivers Flaming Star. The storyline for this picture as well as the script and characters are very average. The acting is also mediocre and the cast includes Elvis Presley, Dolores del Rio, Steve Forrest, Barbara Eden, and Tom Reese. "I would know that you lie and I would have to kill you." This was recommend to me by Verizon Fios so I randomly DVR'd it. I have never watched too many Presley films and quickly discovered why...he isn't a very good actor. This was very mediocre and his character was a bit over the top at times. I would only recommend seeing this if nothing better is on. "White men shot her and white men let her die." Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

The central premise involving a half-white/half-American Indian torn between the two halves of his ancestry consistently fails to work due to the fact that the very white Elvis Presley was chosen to embody this paradox. The direction is average, simple pans and shot/reverse-shot norms adhered to throughout, but Presley does well in the lead role, his ethnicity aside. This was made with good intentions, the central narrative revolving around an indictment of racial bigotry, but the tone-deaf casting decisions effectively nullify this commentary (in another groan-worthy misstep, the Native American mother is played by a Mexican actress who attempts an awful accent to embarrassing results). It's passable as a piece of filmmaking, but as a commentary on race relations it fails before it even begins thanks to the aforementioned casting problems.

Reece Leonard
Reece Leonard

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+

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar

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