West Texas in the years after the Civil War is an uneasy meeting ground of two cultures, one white. The other native American. Elvis portrays Pacer Burton. The son of a white rancher (John McIntire) and his beatiful Kiowa Indian wife (Dolores DelRio). When fighting breaks out between the settlers and natives, Pacer tries to act as a peace maker, but the "flaming star of death" pulls him irrevocably into the deadly violence.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
While his acting has always been criticized, I think this work shows he had some very unrecognized and thus poorly acknowledged talent. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kelly D. Bryson
A gift for a friend who had been looking for this movie for a long time ,he was so pleased when it arrived.Published 5 months ago by Wendy
Another great movie with Elvis Presley. If you are a fan of Elvis you would love this movie also. Very entertaining.Published 20 months ago by Huguette Cox
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. DiannePublished on June 12 2013 by Dianne Regier
For the year of filming, this movie is well done and enjoyable.. I think the best movie that Elvis made..Published on April 4 2012 by Delores Dennis
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... Read morePublished on May 1 2004