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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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Storyline

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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IT'S MR. ROCK N'ROLL...IN THE STORY HE WAS BORN TO PLAY! See more »

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Drama | Romance | Western

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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15 November 1956 (USA)  »

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The Reno Brothers  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

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Trivia

The title song "Love Me Tender" was taken from the Civil War ballad "Aure Lea", written by W.W. Fosdick (words) and George R. Poulton (music). That song first appeared on the screen in the 1936 film Come and Get It (1936), sung by Francis Farmer. It was adopted, almost from its beginning, as the "school song" of the US Army Military Academy at West Point (NY) and was part of the soundtrack for the West Point-themed films The West Point Story (1950) and The Long Gray Line (1955). See more »

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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

Clint Reno: [In a rage] Go on, say it Cathy! Say you don't love him. You can't, can you? You think I couldn't feel it? With you lying awake beside me every night? Wishing I was Vance! Wishing you'd waited for him and never married me!
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Opening credits prologue: April 10, 1865 See more »

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Referenced in Dancing with the Stars: Episode #12.3 (2012) See more »

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Let Me
by Elvis Presley and Ken Darby (as Vera Matson)
Performed by Elvis Presley (uncredited)
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Solid movie with excellent introspective performances.
21 February 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The fanfare of a young Elvis Presley and his first movie certainly was blinding when it came to this movie. It was hard for people to see past it, however, upon viewing the picture, Presley's star dims as he takes his seat at the table among some of the acting greats of cinema. The viewer relinquishes the idea that it's Elvis and accepts him as the doting youngest son of the Reno family.

Dramatic without being maudlin, the picture chronicles the lives of one family post-Civil War, and how each member dealt with the harsh realities of war. Hearing that the eldest son Vance (Egan) has died, Clint (Presley) and Vance's former love (Paget) marry in the aftermath of the murder of her parents and the Reno boys father. As is in wartime, things become increasingly more difficult when he and his two other brothers Brett (Campbell) and Ray (Drury) to find this, as well the spoils of war haunting them shortly upon their return.

It's an honest look at a difficult time in this country, with great performances all around -- from the handsome, impressive lead Richard Egan on down the cast. Egan's portrayal of Vance Reno is an amazing performance -- restrained without being stolid, much as men were during the time. Egan gives glimpses into the inner turmoil that sits just below the characters surface, making the character heartbreakingly sympathetic and admirable.

It's Elvis Presley's best performance and (dare I say only worthwhile) role and film. Upon reflection, his co-stars helped to elevate him into something more than what followed (with films) and Presley really seems to have taken this one seriously. Regardless of whether you're a Presley fan or not, the understated performances, simple but effective storyline and message, and moving conclusion make this a must see.


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