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This Is Elvis (1981)

 -  Biography | Music  -  4 April 1981 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Scott ...
Elvis - Age 18
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Elvis - Age 10
Johnny Harra ...
Elvis - Age 42
Lawrence Koller ...
Rhonda Lyn ...
Debbie Edge ...
Larry Raspberry ...
Furry Lewis ...
Bluesman
Liz Robinson ...
Dana MacKay ...
Elvis - Age 35
Knox Phillips ...
Cheryl Needham ...
Linda Thompson
Andrea Cyrill ...
Ginger Alden
Jerry Phillips ...
Emory Smith ...
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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 close to him. His arrival on the national scene ,in 1956, is highlighted by clips from "Stage Show", "The Milton Berle Show" and "The Ed Sullivan Show". Scenes from several of his 33 films are highlighted including his screen debut in "Love Me Tender" (1956) and the critically acclaimed "King "Creole"(1958), his last film prior to a 2 year hitch in the military. From 1960-68 he kept busy by making films and soundtrack albums, as well as some Gospal albums. After an absence of almost 9 years from live performing, Elvis returned in 1968 to do a TV Special titled "Elvis" and in 1969 performed in Las Vegas for the first time since 1956. His Vegas appearances, along with his nation wide concert tours, continued for the remainder of his career. A clip from his 1973 TV Special,"Elvis Aloa", is featured. ... Written by efffee@aol.com

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The rare personal films never before seen by the public. See more »

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4 April 1981 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Rockabilly singer Ronnie McDowell is the singing voice of Elvis Presley (David Scott) in high school. He was also previously Kurt Russell's singing voice in Elvis (1979). See more »

Goofs

When Elvis pulls up to the house in the beginning his girlfriend gets out of the car wearing a maroon pantsuit; when he opens the door and they enter the house she is wearing blue shorts and a blue workout suit jacket See more »

Quotes

Pauline Nicholson: [Elvis and Ginger prepare to go upstairs to his bedroom, passing the kitchen doorway, where Pauline is seated at the table] Mr. P, can I get you some sandwiches?
Elvis at 42: [waves] That'd be fine, Pauline.
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Certain sequences in this film were recreated. See more »

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Features Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970) See more »

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Blue Suede Shoes
By Carl Perkins (as Carl Lee Perkins)
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(Rightsong Music Admin.)
Performed by Elvis Presley (uncredited)
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Odd Docu-Something Hybrid
25 August 2001 | by (Mebane, NC) – See all my reviews

"This is Elvis" is one of the oddest "documentaries" I've ever seen. Using extensive archival footage, mixed with recreations shot to look like archival footage, the film looks at the rise of fall of Elvis.

The problem is that the recreation footage comes off as bad TV movie of the week, standing in stark contrast to the original, compelling material presented in the piece.

The success of "This is Elvis" was the impetus behind the current style of historical documentaries that attempt to recreate drama where no original footage exists to illustrate it. In that sense, "This is Elvis" looks a bit embarrassing at times, since it doesn't have the slickness of more contemporary "docu-drama-documentaries" in the genre.

What I'm waiting for is an Elvis documentary done with the taste and skillfullness of the "Beatles: Anthology" mini-series aired on ABC.


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