This movie was part of a deal that 'Colonel Tom Parker' signed for Elvis Presley with NBC and National General. Elvis was paid a large sum for doing both the well-known NBC TV Special (now called The '68 Comeback special) and this picture for National General Pictures. The TV special was shot at the end of June 1968 (and aired in December) and the film was shot in July and August 1968 (and was released early 1969). The TV show was supposed to be a Christmas Special with Xmas songs only but turned to be a rock 'n' roll revival show while the movie, on the contrary, was supposed to be much more violent. See more »
Billy Roy Hackett:
If a woman's eyes are blue, she'll be sweet and true to you. But if a woman's eyes are green, she'll turn hot, or cold, or mean!
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Been viewing a lot of Elvis' movies of late, and I must say this is one of his best. Certainly heads over most of his "dumbell" musicals he made in the mid 60's. Somehow his first few films are much better than his later ones. CHARRO has in interesting story line and is done in a professional fashion. By that I mean real locations for the exteriors, which is a switch from the cardboard and rear projection effects of his earlier films. Elvis looks very good here, better than some of his previous efforts. He seemed a bid pudgy in a lot of his musicals, but in this one he's trim and looks great in a beard. He does seem to "sleep walk" thru some of his scenes, and there could have been more action, but it's certainly a better film than some of the video guide books make it. Compare this film with FRANKIE AND JOHNNY; KISSIN' COUSINS; PARADISE, HAWAIIAN STYLE; and especially horrible films like HARUM, SACARUM, and CHARRO looks pretty damn good. If you like Elivs, and why would you be reading this if you weren't then CHARRO is a must see. Too bad he didn't make more like this. His next two were pretty bad. Oh, and the actor who played Billy Roy was a "tad" over-the-top.
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