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Love Me Tender (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Western | 15 November 1956 (USA)
At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate team is ordered to rob a Union payroll train but the war ends leaving these men with their Union loot, until the Feds come looking for it.

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Elvis plays Clint Reno, one of the Reno brothers who stayed home while his brother went to fight in the Civil War for the Confederate army. When his brother Vance comes back from the war, he finds that his old girlfriend Cathy has married Clint. The family has to struggle to reach stability with this issue. Vance is involved in a train robbery, while a Confederate soldier, of Federal Government money. There is a conflict of interest, when Vance tries to return the money, against the wishes of some of his fellow Confederates. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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You'll Love Him Tender in the Story He Was Born to Play! See more »

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Drama | Romance | Western

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15 November 1956 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,500,000 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints)| (optical prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In its opening weekend film it shot to #2 in Variety's list. Only James Dean's film Giant (1956) had more viewers. See more »

Goofs

When the brothers try to coerce the other former soldiers into turning in the money, they disarm the three. As the camera angles switch, one guy has his jacket covering his holster, then it is exposed with the gun still in it, then switches back to being concealed. See more »

Quotes

Martha Reno: Clint thinks the sun rises and sets in you.
Vance Reno: I know, Ma. That's just why I'm going.
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Opening credits prologue: April 10, 1865 See more »

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Version of Rage at Dawn (1955) See more »

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Poor Boy
by Elvis Presley and Ken Darby (as Vera Matson)
Performed by Elvis Presley (uncredited)
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Love Me Tender (1956) ***
3 February 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Finally got around to seeing Elvis Presley's debut film in its entirety and in widescreen, and I think it's a good deal better than it's usually given credit for. Richard Egan plays Vance Reno, who is serving in the Civil War and returns home after the war ends to join his family and reunite with his lover (Debra Paget). But a tragedy ensues when it's learned that while he was away, his young brother Clint (Elvis) fell in love with and married his girl, after hearing that Vance had died. Also factoring into the trouble is that Vance has kept some Union cash which he never delivered to its destination when he found out the war had ended in the interim.

This turned out to be a good, solid story with fine performances, especially by Richard Egan. But again, Elvis is amazing as a completely first-time novice actor. He always wanted to be on the big screen from youth, after admiring James Dean, Marlon Brando and Tony Curtis. For a film fan who never had any professional acting training or experience, he's really quite good as Clint Reno. Though he didn't want to sing in this film, Presley was already a big recording star so of course there had to be songs in the movie. The title tune is a classic and it's very emotional as perfromed within the context of the film. I also like the singalong ditty "We're Gonna Move", which is performed by Elvis on the front porch "1950s-style" with his family, even though it's 1865. Other songs include the unremarkable "Let Me" and "Poor Boy". *** out of ****


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