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G.I. Blues (1960)

Tulsa, a soldier with dreams of running his own nightclub, places a bet with his friend Dynamite that he can win the heart of an untouchable dancer...but when Dynamite is transferred, Tulsa must replace him in the bet.

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Cast

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Cookie
James Douglas ...
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Tina (as Leticia Roman)
Sigrid Maier ...
Marla
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Sgt. McGraw
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Jeeter
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Capt. Hobart
Kenneth Becker ...
Mac (as Ken Becker)
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Turk
Beach Dickerson ...
Warren
Trent Dolan ...
Mickey
Carl Crow ...
Walt
Fred Essler ...
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Storyline

Tulsa is a specialist in the US Army stationed in Germany. He loves to sing and has dreams to run his own nightclub when he leaves the army....but dreams don't come cheap. Tulsa places a bet with his friend Dynamite that he can spend the night with a club dancer named Lili, who is rumored to be hard to get. When Dynamite gets transferred, Tulsa is brought in to take his place. He is not looking forward to it, but in order to keep his money, he must go through with it. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Swing Out and Sound off with Elvis See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

23 November 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Café Europa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,300,000
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Wooden Heart" is a cover version of the famous German folk song "Muss i denn zum Städtele hinaus" (Must I then go away to the town), of which Elvis Presley also sang a few lines in his version. The song was first released in the 1830s. Elvis Presley's version was a big hit in Germany and about 400 000 records were sold within a few weeks. However The Bavarian Radio broadcast and the Westberlin-radio broadcast were boycotting this version due to "deliberated Schmultzyness of German folk songs" and because the stations wanted to broadcast serious folk music. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene when Elvis and another soldier are loading ammunition into the tank, the shells being loaded are much to large for the main tank gun, which was 90mm on the M48 tank. See more »

Quotes

Lili: For those who do not know 'Liebe' translated, means love.
Tulsa McLean: Oh, you don't have to explain that you a G.I. That's one of the first words he learns when he gets over here.
Lili: Ah, you too, Tulsa?
Tulsa McLean: Oh absolutely. Like 'Liebe dat Sauerkraut'.
Lili: I was not thinking of sauerkraut.
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Connections

Referenced in Elvis Presley: The Back Story, Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Pocketful Of Rainbows
Written by Fred Wise & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley
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An energetic musical you can't help but like.
20 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

Elvis' first post army movie is about what? A G.I. in West Germany wants to buy a nightclub in Oklahoma. Tulsa McLain (Elvis) takes on a wager that he hopes will solve his money problems. He is to stay the night with ice cold, leggy dancer, Lili(Juliet Prowes). Girl dances for boy; boy sings for girl. But baby sitting becomes the problematic solution to the plot. A more grown up look for Elvis and a great soundtrack that is more pop than rock.


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