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Elvis Presley 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 by his parents and by his girlfriend (Barbara Eden), Pacer is forced to work things out himself.
Flaming Star - Strong Dramatic Turn for Elvis
Strong performance by Elvis in a dramatic, not-so-musical film (a Western), whererin Elvis plays a half-white, half-Kiowa Indian man. The famous Andy Warhol print of Elvis holding a gun comes from this film. Directed by Don Siegel (Dirty Harry Series), this is a credible outing for Presley, proof that he could act, and worlds away from some of the lightsome dreck that oft-times stigmatized his film career. Recommended!
Great movie please comment it's Elvis Presley
Give Elvis a great director and you get a glimpse of Elvis's talent
I love (almost) all Elvis movies, but most really on Elvis's charisma and charm. This was a movie that Elvis wanted to make because he loved westerns, wanted to act, and wanted a great director. Don Siegel (Dirty Harry) did a great job in this western made towards the tail end of the Age of Westerns in Hollywood. It's a very enjoyable western, a great movie for Elvis fans, and a tantalizing glimpse of what Elvis could have left as a screen legacy if he had as much control over his movie career as he did his musical career (on recrords anyway). This is not a shot at the fun popcorn formula movies that were the safest bets in Hollywood for much of the sixties; I love them for what they are. I do regret that Elvis's movie career stopped when the culture of the 50s and early 60s gave way to the movies of the 60s and 70s. Like his music during the latter time, Elvis would not have had the self-appointed elite spokesmen on his side, but he would have turned out some great Elvis movies just as he turned out some singular Elvis songs.
I believe there would have been a few "Suspicious Minds" movies that no one else could have made.
But I'm still grateful for what Elvis left. This is a good one.
- Genre: Western
- Released: 1960
- © 1960 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Renewed 1988 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.