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Flaming Star

Elvis Presley , Barbara Eden , Don Siegel    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Definitely a contender for the underwhelming title of Best Elvis Movie, this handsomely shot Western actually makes Elvis act, rather than coast on his personality. (As though to underscore the point, the two obligatory songs are dispensed with under the opening credits and in the first scene.) Don Siegel was probably the best director the King ever worked with, and he draws a quietly smoldering performance from Elvis, who was still undeniably raw. Even better, Siegel captures an existential starkness to homestead and town, and calmly makes a pro-Native American case without preaching (Elvis plays a half-breed caught between sides in an Indian vs. settlers dustup). Yes, this was 30 years before Dances with Wolves--there were actually quite a few such movies during this era. All in all, a decent picture, and an indication of where Elvis's career might have gone if he hadn't given himself over to fluff. --Robert Horton

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Other than a pair of coming-attractions trailers (one in Portuguese), there's little in the way of goodies. The widescreen transfer looks all right, although the soundtrack sounds tinny at times. --Robert Horton

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Talent Aug. 15 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Presley's talent went far beyond his great vocal ability. His films were mostly fluff, but this one is evidence that his ability as an actor was so much more. Unfortunately, the public didn't see that, as a actor, he could have been as good as a Brando or Dean. He obviously had the depth to reach inside himself and bring much more to a role.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Feb. 14 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Another great movie with Elvis Presley. If you are a fan of Elvis you would love this movie also. Very entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie June 12 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Our favourite Elvis movie. Good acting by all especially Elvis.One drawback---wide-screen!! I don't like any "black lines" or a narrower picture. Dianne
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3.0 out of 5 stars Probably Elvis' best movie... April 4 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For the year of filming, this movie is well done and enjoyable.. I think the best movie that Elvis made..
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Movie May 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Barbara Eden is Great in the movie playing Steve Forrest's character's girlfriend.Elvis sings the theme song and in the square dance scene he sings a song though he doesn't sing any other songs after that.The movie is a western drama and a good movie.Dolores Del Rio is in the movie also.Directed by one of the best directors Don Seigel who directed Clint Eastwood.The DVD has the original movie commercial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A billion, trillion stars! April 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
For the star to end all stars, Elvis, this movie is greatness among a movie career that's, well, not so great. Finally on DVD, with beautiful picture quality, I adore this movie. There is no cheese here.
This is not chock full of songs, this is not a musical, and the few musical numbers here are well-done and in context. You don't get a cheesy 1960's sounding song in this 19th century western, the songs actually sound like they belong. Again I must stress, there are only a few songs and they don't take anything away from, rather they add TO the film. That man could sing, but surprise surprise, he could also act.
He is a halfbreed. Part white, part Native American. Constantly he is torn between loyalties, but moreso from this deep desire to remain fair to all in his life. The scenes of tenderness are of the utmost affection, and the scenes of violence express the real anguish of such a life. I'm not exaggerating when I say that sometimes when I watch this movie I feel as if I'm spying on a 19th century scene, it's that convincing, friends.
There is such a magical quality about this movie. It's so different from anything Elvis had done before or since that it almost seems like he would have done the film for free...he loves what he's doing and puts his soul into it.
Note that Col. Parker scoffed at the idea of "his boy" Elvis doing a "political" film like this. The Colonel was not one who liked to stir the pot too much when he felt the mixture was just right. This is one of few occasions where Elvis went ahead and did what he thought was the right project. If anyone is curious, check into the numerous films that were offered to Elvis and refused by the Colonel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis's best film, and a great Western all-around Jan. 20 2004
Format:DVD
This is definitely the best film Elvis Presley ever starred in; he shed his celebrity persona and delivered a great, dramatic performance in a superb action story with teriffic characterizations. No doubt about it, in "Flaming Star," Preseley is an ACTOR. And a damned good one too. (He only sings two songs, and they are presented right at the beginning so the film can then get down to the heavy business.)
Originally, the material was written to star Marlon Brando, but was re-written to accomodate Elvis. He plays a half Kiowa man named Pacer who finds himself jammed in the middle of growing war between the settlers and the Kiowa. In trying not to take sides, he finds his world swirls down into violence and chaos. It is refreshingly devoid of "can't we all get along" cliches and really digs deep into the near-impossibility of life when you are split in two, like Pacer. Elvis really nails the character down.
Director Siegel is at his usual great level of achievement: tight-lipped, boiling drama between the characters, and blasts of sometimes surprising violence. He doesn't let anybody off easily. This isn't a lightweight oater: Siegel took his craft seriously. Helping out are great performances from the superb cast, especially Delores Del Rio as Pacer's Kiowa mother.
If you're looking for an Elvis musical, with the rock star persona in full blast, go for "Jailhouse Rock," his second best film. If you want a fun and silly Elvis movie, go for the endearingly wacky "Via Las Vegas." If you want to see a plain great film with Elvis Preseley showing his potential as a serious actor -- go for FLAMING STAR. You won't regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Western Jan. 31 2003
Format:DVD
This movie offers a chance and shows Elvis is able to deliver a serious role. Heavy drama and making a statment. A good western and good for the family.
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