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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
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[Clint has just been shot after defending Vance... Cathy "Kit" Reno rushes to his side and takes him into her arms]
Just lie still.
[gasping for breath]
Kit... where's Vance? I gotta talk to him.
I'm here, Clint.
Vance, I didn't mean it! I swear I didn't mean it...
I know you didn't, Clint. You don't have to tell me. Everything's gonna be all right.
[looks at Kit, then at Vance]
Everything's gonna be all right
[last lines... gasps, then dies... Kit weeps]
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This was a critically acclaimed introductory role for Elvis. This was not one of the more cheesy moneymakers that Col. Tom Parker stuck him with for the remainder of his career (Girl Happy or Blue Hawaii for instance).
Elvis showed great depth as an actor in his role as Clint Reno and also showed the potential to broaden his career from the premier musical superstar of our time into one of the crossover megastars that we see commonly today.
His music is an integral part of the movie but it isn't put on display the way his future movies do. When you watch this film, try to remember he hadn't done any of those 90-minute rock-n-roll videos with the likes of Ann-Margaret and Nancy Sinatra.
LOVE ME TENDER is worth viewing if the viewer is willing to set aside their preconceived expectations of "just another Elvis movie."
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