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« on: April 09, 2010, 06:24:02 PM »


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102962/


Yeah this is a very well made historical Western made for TV (mini series, actually). I didn't feel it was dragging too much; it is both rich in story and at the same time entertaining. And emotional. I'm not saying this for nothing: keep in mind this runs for 3 hours! Gary Cole (wow, haven't heard his name for quite some time) carries the role more or less constantly. Epic (television-type) it is, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly it is not.


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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2010, 05:32:08 AM »

Too bad it wasn't made in widescreen.

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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2010, 08:51:06 AM »

You can watch it in WS on your computer.

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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2010, 12:13:08 PM »

Huh? IMDb says its AR is 1.33:1.

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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2010, 09:46:43 AM »

I meant that with a little work you can make yourself believe you're watching it in real WS.

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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2017, 10:12:27 PM »

It deserves to be better known, so it's nice to find it has a spot here and is liked as well.

The Crow called him Son Of The Morning Star.

Son Of The Morning Star is a made for TV movie that's directed by Mike Robe, with the teleplay adapted by Melissa Mathison from the novel of the same name written by Evan S. Connell. It stars Gary Cole (George Armstrong Custer), Rosanna Arquette (Libby Custer), Stanley Anderson (Ulysses S. Grant), George Dickerson (Gen. Sherman), Rodney A. Grant (Crazy Horse), Terry O'Quinn (Gen. Alfred Terry), David Strathairn (Capt. William F. Benteen), Dean Stockwell (Gen. Philip Sheridan) & Sheldon Peters Wolfchild (Bloody Knife).

Buffy Sainte-Marie narrates as Kate Bighead and location work is at Badlands National Park, South Dakota, Billings, Montana & Buffalo Gap, South Dakota (Kees Van Oostrum the cinematographer) and the music is by Craig Safan. The story tells of George Custer & Crazy Horse and the events prior to, and encompassing, the battle of the Little Bighorn. It's told from the different perspectives of two women, Libby Custer & Kate Bighead.

The name Custer and The Battle Of Little Big Horn has become one of the most famous stories of American/Indian history. Numerous books, films and TV shows have taken it as a source for entertainment or historical teachings. Of the many screen adaptations, Son Of The Morning Star is arguably the most fascinating due to its two pronged approach and willingness to explore all the principal characters from both sides of the War. At only three hours in length it's inevitable that not everything is covered, but when judged as a whole the makers here have evidently achieved remarkable results and kept it well balanced. It covers a ten year period that starts in 1866 when Custer was commander at Fort Riley in Kansas; and culminates with the famous battle that occurred in June of 1876.

There's some sloppy editing and not all the cast deliver convincingly in their respective portrayals. But everyone and everything about the piece is professional. Be it with the dissection of Custer the man (brave, arrogant, foolish & driven), or showing the Indian's as a complex race-to intelligently letting us into the government and political aspects of the period; Robe's movie is always narratively strong. The action is very well staged and the scenery (in spite of not yet having the DVD remastering it deserves) is very pleasing on the eye. We may never get the complete story in film form, or even one that will be budgeted to the extent of shaking Hollywood to its foundations. But this will do nicely and it's hoped that more people will not only get to see it, but also to hopefully appreciate its attention to detail. 8/10

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