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Son of the Morning Star (3-Feb-1991)

Director: Mike Robe

Writer: Melissa Mathison (screenplay)

Based on a book by: Evan S. Connell

Keywords: Western, Biography

The life of George Armstrong Custer.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Rosanna Arquette
10-Aug-1959   Desperately Seeking Susan
Gary Cole
20-Sep-1956   Bill in Office Space
Terry O'Quinn
15-Jul-1952   Locke on Lost
Buffy Sainte-Marie
20-Feb-1941   Universal Soldier
Dean Stockwell
5-Mar-1936   Blue Velvet
David Strathairn
26-Jan-1949   Passion Fish


Review by anonymous (posted on 22-Jun-2005)

Didn't think this would be happening. Loved this movie. Saw it at home 6/20/05. Gary Cole as Custer is effective choice, and he did his work well in the part. I have not seen his work in films. He looks like my impression of Custer. If Costner had played the part, all I would have seen would have been Costner. Cole's face carried the vacant immaturity and "gaga" feelings of a posturing, strutting dark warriior shadow. (Cole seemed to be saying gee wiz, look at me the youngest general --- I'm going to be famous). God almighty, war is horrible. That scene when Custer orders passing deserted to be shot is chilling. It felt to me that his orders were half-hearted noted by his men, and even Custer appeared to not want or mean to have those men shot. What a horrible indictment of the genocide practiced by the USA government and individual soldiers. At the end of the film, as Custer's wife leaves her living room to go to the other army wives now widowed, the camera pans to the wall with a photograph of Custer (Cole) in a kind of golden glow looking off into space, and Cole IS Custer. The camera did not even linger on the photograph, but the whole tragic mess of Custer's life dawned on me in a flash as I absorbed Custer's pondering glance toward some distant far off point. A Native American youth told me of the film, and the morning after I viewed the video, I told a Hopi man of the film. Buffy Saint Marie blesses the work with her voice.

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