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 »
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
This is the sound he created and performed. The rare personal films never before seen by the public. The private moments. The public triumphs. Intimate memories and reflections in his own words. See more »
In a scene, shown here, from Loving You (1957), when Deke Rivers (Elvis) fights with a heckler in front of a juke box, we hear Elvis singing "Mean Woman Blues, written by Roy Orbison and later singing "Trouble", in the background. "Troubl3" was first performed by Elvis in King Creole (1958), one year later. In the actual film "Loving You", the juke box was playing only "Mean Woman Blues". See more »
[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:
That'd be fine, Pauline.
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Certain sequences in this film were recreated. See more »
This is a wonderful documentary about the rise and villification of rock 'n' roll (with people's attitudes very similar to those toward rap music today), our country in the '50s and '60s and most especially about Elvis Presley. Any retrospective of his career will always leave the viewer sad - he starts out totally natural and instinctive and ends up doing a Liberace-type act. The clips of the concert six weeks before his death are downright chilling and leave one wondering how he lived another six weeks.
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