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Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)

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Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

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Glen D. Hardin ...
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Charlie Hodge ...
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Jerry Scheff ...
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John Wilkinson ...
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Millie Kirkham ...
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Estell Brown ...
Herself - Background Vocalist (as The Sweet Inspirations)
Sylvia Shemmell ...
Herself - Background Vocalist (as The Sweet Inspirations)
Ann Williams ...
Herself - Background Vocalist (as The Sweet Inspirations)
Roger Wiles ...
Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
Jim Murray ...
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Joe Moscheo ...
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Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

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Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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11 November 1970 (USA)  »

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The following celebrities were greeted as they walked into the International Hotel in the film: Juliet Prowse, Charo, Xavier Cugat, Rona Barrett, Norm Crosby, & Dale Robertson. Seen at the showroom tables were Sammy Davis, Jr. & Cary Grant. See more »

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Elvis Presley: [Backstage before his show] I just hope I don't forget the words to, eh, "I Just Can't Help Believin'", man. I hope I don't forget the words. "I just can't help believin', when she's lying close beside me, and my heart beats with the rhythm of her sighs." If I get through the first one, I've got it, I've got it made, man.
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I Just Can't Help Believing
Written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
Performed by Elvis Presley
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ELVIS: THAT'S THE WAY IT IS {2001 Re-Edited Version} (Denis Sanders, 1970) ***
6 September 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

The original theatrical version was drastically re-edited in 2001 to make Elvis' stage performance the core of the show, thus removing all interview footage of the crowd before the concert, etc. Also given its due importance is the various rehearsal sessions which show Elvis goofing off on occasion but clearly knowing what he wants and in complete control of the proceedings. Indeed, Elvis is in great shape – both vocally and physically – and in great spirits, too and the fact that he had been missing live performances during a self-imposed hiatus (a direct result of his lengthy Hollywood sojourn) is palpable. Rather ironically perhaps, among the crowd of admirers one can glimpse such Hollywood celebrities as the already retired Cary Gramt, Sammy Davis. Jr., George Hamilton and ex-Elvis co-star Juliet Prowse!

Presley clearly wanted this film to be done right because he engaged the services of a respectable director (Denis Sanders) and a great director of photography (Lucien Ballard). Personally, I found "Suspicious Minds" to be the standout performance in the concert but all the songs he performed were good ones – including some pretty obscure current titles like "Patch It Up" – and it was refreshing to see the old "rock'n'roll" era standards being "thrown away" in a tongue-in-cheek manner by The King one right after another. His handling of the occasional cover – "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" and "Words" – was also quite impeccable.

After a three-week long Elvis marathon, this is undoubtedly the best way to remember him because, watching him here, one really appreciates why the man was so loved when he was alive and why he is still so revered, missed and imitated 30 years after his death...


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