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Elvis Presley's father Vernon was played by Kurt Russell's father, Bing Russell.
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Kurt Russell's then wife Season Hubley plays Elvis's wife Priscilla Presley.
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Although this film was shown on TV in America, it was released in theaters overseas, which was a common practice for TV movies at the time.
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All the songs were performed by Ronnie McDowell.
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John Carpenter directed this movie about Elvis Presley who, in Change of Habit (1969), played a character named John Carpenter.
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Kurt Russell made his film debut in It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) which starred Elvis Presley. According to Russell, Presley was 27 years old when he did "...World's Fair" and Russell was 27 years old when he did this film.
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In an interview director John Carpenter said that they had to glue Kurt Russell's ears back because they stuck too far out making him look less like Elvis.
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One of three films that Elvis Presley and Kurt Russell have in common. Russell appeared in the Elvis movie It Happened at the World's Fair (1963), he portrayed Presley in the TV movie "Elvis" (1979), and he played an Elvis impersonator in 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001). In "It Happened at the World's Fair," Russell (who was a young boy at the time), ran on screen and kicked Elvis in the shin. In "3000 Miles to Graceland," this scene is parodied when a young boy runs on screen and kicks Russell (in full Elvis attire) in the shin.
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According to John Carpenter during his DVD Commentary on Big Trouble in Little China (1986) with Kurt Russell, the reason he got the job directing this film was because the producers found out he did the music for Halloween (1978) and figured he could handle a biopic of Elvis.
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The first time that John Carpenter and Kurt Russell worked together which would start both a great partnership and friendship between the two which would lead them to work together on Escape from New York (1981) and so on.
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Reportedly, Priscilla Presley was paid $50,000. to check the script for accuracy.
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Kurt Russell was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance.
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Elvis was on production from August 4th to December 14, 1978. The total budget was $2.1 million.
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The Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles was used to represent the International Hotel in Las Vegas.
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Even though Ronnie McDowell recorded 36 songs for this movie, only 25 were used. The remaining 11 songs do not even appear on the soundtrack.
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John Carpenter:  Near the beginning of the film, when Elvis's entourage is walking through the casino, the camera pans across to the right to a long-haired man with a mustache smoking and standing behind someone at the blackjack table.
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