Flaming Star
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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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The filmmaking may be a little ramshackle, but it's sensitive, and the performances are soulful."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Less an "Elvis film" than a western starring young Presley in a surprisingly well cast role, this lean frontier drama... offers one of his most impressive performances."
‑ Sean Axmaker, MSN.com
"Among the best Presley features; directed by Don Siegel."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"...proves that Elvis didn't just get lucky with his first performance; the boy could actually act."
‑ Blake French, Filmcritic.com
"Elvis' best performance, in a solid Don Siegel Western"
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Although the sight of a shirtless Elvis wrestling a native warrior is fascinating enough, there are few surprises in the sequence of events."
‑ Rachel Sanders, Apollo Guide
"Famed action director Don Siegel saw an element of raw danger in Elvis and gave him his very best role in this excellent quasi-Western."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An emotionally charged liberal themed Western that keeps things rocking."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Pretty good Elvis vehicle; the young man could act."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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