The New Gladiators a film financed by the late Elvis Presley and featuring some of the 1970's greatest karate champions, has been found, restored, and is now made available for release by Rising Sun Productions.
Though several actors portray Elvis Presley at different stages of his life, this documentary is comprised mostly of actual performance footage and interviews with Elvis, his fans and those... See full summary »
Paul Boensch III
The true story of Elvis' first fiancee, June Juanico. This documentary featuries the oldest home movie of Elvis in a private setting...on vacation in Biloxi, Mississippi with June in the summer of 1956.
Stuart A. Goldman
Edward J. Bellman
The story about Jimmy the Dingy, a young vagabond who works as a seasonal worker. Having been sacked from the job, his dreams are to become a singer. As most of the things in the Balkans happen, he is destined to failure.
Only a few songs as Elvis plays it straight as Dr John Carpenter. Mary Tyler Moore stars opposite as an incognito nun with a mission to help Dr Elvis clean up the ghetto he lives in. Can the King compete against God for Mary's heart? He can if anyone can. Written by
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Not known at the time, with the exception of concert features, this was Elvis' last screen appearance. Though many of his previous films were classified as "formula" pics, here he played a character other than a stock car racer, a farm boy or just another Pop Rock singer. Unlike most of his previous films, This film dealt with sensitive issues of the day such as ghetto life, mob intimidation, conflicts within the clergy and "an autistic child" a diagnosis unknown to most in 1969. See more »
Noteworthy because it was Elvis' last film, Change of Habit is a Sister Act for the sixties, as issues of the day are portrayed in this story about three nuns who move to the inner city.
Elvis Presley plays a hip and happening doctor. His New York City practise is over run with sex starved teen agers, abused children and stubborn parents, all seeking help from this hunk o' burning love. Mary Tyler Moore leads a trio of nuns who forsake their habits when they set up shop with the doctor to help out these people.
From the outset Mary suggests that they not wear their traditional garb, so instead we see three bodacious babes donning mini skirts and funky handbags, walking down Fifth Avenue.
The ladies have a difficult time coping with the myriad of problems that face them in their new digs. Their apartment is a wreck and the neighbors aren't taking to them very well. Even the Cardinal that they report to is disgusted with them.
Change of Habit makes a Disney-like attempt at tackling the issues of the day. Racism is a hot topic as one of the nuns comes under pressure for being black. The film takes place in a hispanic community and there is some discussion about literacy, teenage pregnancy and even drugs, but nothing that the kids couldn't watch.
Change of Habit is not a bad film; certainly its heart is in the right place. The problem is that it's dated. The subject matter is handled with care, (a bit patronizing to be honest) however the issues, while still relevant, look different today. The music was fun. At the time this film was made Elvis was just about to reach his fat stage and his music was becoming silly. 'Rubbernecking' kicks off the film and it's just fabulous!
The cast is good enough to make the trite story line work. This is Elvis eight years before the end, and Mary only a couple of years away from starring in one of the best television sitcoms ever made. Even though Moore makes it clear that she didn't sleep with Elvis, their is no denying that the chemistry between them is ... interesting.
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