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Flaming Star [Import]

4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest, Dolores del Rio, John McIntire
  • Directors: Don Siegel
  • Writers: Clair Huffaker, Nunnally Johnson
  • Producers: David Weisbart
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: Aug. 13 2002
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000068TTT
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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.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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I have always had a fondness for "Flaming Star" since I was a kid. It is a film that gave Elvis some meat to chew into and I feel he shows his acting ability very well. Elvis actually had some indian blood in his veins,Blackfoot on his mother's side. I no doubt feel that Elvis looked deep within himslef and his role with dignity and passion to give us a very memorable performance. Elvis' favorite film as well as the critics is 1958's "King Creole" - however Elvis does a fine job in this adventure that has some great actors/actresses that are on this production. Dolores Del Rio and John McIntire are believable are Pacer's (Elvis) parents and Barbara Eden in a early role is The King's love interest. If I were to own only 5 film performances of Elvis' "Flaming Star" would be one. I am so glad that the film has made it to DVD and I know you will enjoy Elvis in the fine Western.
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By A Customer on Aug. 15 2002
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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What a first class film. After the worrying opening sequence with Elvis singing " A Cane & A High Starched Collar" with one chaps dancing partner being a chair, we open up to a classic Western. With excellent picture quality, Elvis' performance is totally believable as a man torn between two sides. Only criticism is the huge amount of wasted space on the DVD which could have a least have had a documentary perhaps showing deleted scences, I would have loved to see Elvis singing "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears" or "Britches". Ho-Hum! Perhaps there will be a special collectors edition one day.
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By A Customer on April 6 2004
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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