Son of the Morning Star

Son of the Morning Star is a 1991 American two-part Western television miniseries released by Chrysalis based on Evan S. Connell‘s best-selling book of the same name.[1] It starred Gary Cole (George Armstrong Custer) and featured Dean Stockwell (General Philip Sheridan), Rosanna Arquette (Elizabeth Custer), Rodney A. Grant (Crazy Horse), Nick Ramus (Red Cloud), Buffy Sainte-Marie (voice of Kate Bighead), and Floyd Red Crow Westerman (Sitting Bull).


The film, in two parts, begins in 1876 when the TerryGibbon column relieves the remnants of the 7th Cavalry that had survived the Battle of the Little Bighorn. They discover Custer’s Squadron has been annihilated, and the film ‘flashes back’ and tells Custer’s story from the point of view/narrative of his wife, Elizabeth, beginning with the Kansas campaign of the mid-1860s.[2]

Concurrently, the Indian perspective is told through the narrative of Kate Bighead, a young Cheyenne woman, who encountered Custer on several occasions. Kate Bighead’s narrative is also used to describe events like the Fetterman Massacre and the Battle of Washita River, as is Elizabeth Custer’s, to provide a balanced point of view.[2]


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