Nice surprise


After watching Deadwood the inaccuracy of the costumes and style in Flaming Star was quite amusing. But after the opening sequence (which made me expect the movie to be another vehicle for Elvis' singing) I was happily surprised that the movie was so good.

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yes it was and it's sad elvis didn't get to make more like this and love me tender. Col. Tom only saw $$$$ and used elvis when all elvis wanted was to be a respected actor and perhaps could have been if he'd stuck to flicks with roles like this and not movies where he breaks into a dumb song every 15 minutes.

Love & Peace T'

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yes it was and it's sad elvis didn't get to make more like this and love me tender. Col. Tom only saw $$$$ and used elvis when all elvis wanted was to be a respected actor and perhaps could have been if he'd stuck to flicks with roles like this and not movies where he breaks into a dumb song every 15 minutes.
I totally agree, this was Elvis at his best. He could have been a really good actor given half a chance. Sadly most of his films were a waste of his talent.

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His performance in "Flaming Star" is probably his best. It's a shame more people aren't aware of the film, or how good in it he is.

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Agreed.

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...Hear, hear!

I've heard that Parker was, pretty much, Elvis' downfall. I don't have all the facts on that, but how else to explain Presley's failure to land meatier roles more often than he did?

FS remains, IMHO, his top effort as an actor; but "Jailhouse Rock," "King Creole," and "Loving You" were also good items to include in his acting resume`...

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It is reported that the Col. Parker turned down Barbara Streisand's request for Elvis in A Star is Born after Elvis had told her he was interested. Perhaps the movies was too close to reality for Parker.

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For a nice Elvis western you can also check out Charro!. It's pretty decent, spagheeti western style, well worth seeing.

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Charro shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath as Flaming Star -- it's the polar opposite of a much stronger, more exciting, better directed and better acted film that Elvis genuinely done a good job in.

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Charro and flaming star. Mentioned in the same breath. Ooh now what?

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Surprise indeed,I think this is one of the best Westerns I have ever seen,High Noon and Unforgiven being my co-favourites.

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Those are my faves too! I can take of leave the others, but Flaming Star and King Creole are my absolute favorites, and opened my eyes to what a great actor he could have been.


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If I remember correctly, this is the only Elvis movie released in which he didn't break into song even once. (The songs that were planned were not included in the final editing of the film.) I love Elvis' voice and I enjoyed most all of his movies, but this was definitely, in my opinion, his best.

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I watched it today for the first time. When I realized that I was thinking "Pacer" and not "Elvis" I knew he had done a great job! I liked it quite a bit. Nice surprise for me today!

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but he does break into song right in the first scene.

wasn't charro the only movie where he didn't sing? i mean, he does the title song, but he doesn't sing *during* the movie, right?

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You're right, no songs at all except for the main title theme in "Charro!".

Tabby S.

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Yes, Elvis sang onscreen in one scene of FS (but JUST ONE!); but it was nothing like breaking into song as in a musical. It was more like his character was simply entertaining the company at his home, and that's pretty much it.

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Ialso was pleasantly surprised at Elvis' acting and agree this was one of his best. He was such an attractive man and had the abilities to become a good actor.

Regarding, "A Star Is Born"...I believe the Colonel wanted Elvis to have top billing in the movie. When Ms. Streisand said no, he said no. I wonder if Elvis even knew about this?

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It is a nice surprise to watch Elvis act & I only wish he could've surprised us more often in quality acting roles like this. He could've been a good actor !

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Elvis also missed out on playing the Ricky Nelson role in Rio Bravo for the same reason. Can you believe that a singer (even if it is Elvis) would think they deserve top billing over John Wayne in a western?

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That's right & he also could've been in Thunder Road, Elvis was the first choice for the role of the mechanic brother. It was a supporting role but it would've been great to see Elvis & Robert Mitchum in a movie. I don't know why Elvis had to have top billing his first movie he was 3rd billed under Richard Egan.

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Elvis wasn't considered for a role in Rio Bravo, but Robert Mitchum asked him to be in Thunder Role. Tom Parker didn't like the material and outpriced Elvis into the bargain. Elvis accepted this kind of management, and often to his detriment. What happens with A Star is Born is a different matter, given that Elvis is said to have been initially keen, but then resigned himself from the challenge of acting again. Thus, he had Parker concoct terms that wouldn't be met.

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