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.
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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