This Is Elvis (1981)

PG  |   |  Biography, Music  |  4 April 1981 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Scott ...
Johnny Harra ...
Lawrence Koller ...
Rhonda Lyn ...
Debbie Edge ...
Larry Raspberry ...
Furry Lewis ...
Liz Robinson ...
Dana MacKay ...
Knox Phillips ...
Cheryl Needham ...
Andrea Cyrill ...
Ginger Alden
Jerry Phillips ...
Emory Smith ...


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

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Release Date:

4 April 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Life of Elvis Presley  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the time of its release the film included lots of very rare and never-before-seen footage of Elvis Presley. See more »


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 - this will be due to scenes that were not used in the film as in this scene it also shows Elvis going in the front door then the next scene it shows him coming through Graceland from the back entrance, passing the front door from the inside before heading upstairs. This can be explained by taking note of Elvis' last hours. He came home, played racket ball in the racket ball building before entering Graceland from the rear entrance and then retreating to his room. This will explain the different clothes that the Ginger Alden character wears. See more »


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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Great new DVD set
6 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently purchased the new DVD of this film from Amazon, and it's great.

I'm so glad they included both the theatrical version and the extended version. I'd never seen the latter, and It's by far the better of the two. It includes more footage of the upstairs. You get to see Elvis' bedroom and even get a look at the bathroom, though from a distance. But the best part of all is the footage from the June, '77 tour. It's about ten minutes and has "Love Me", which isn't in the theatrical version. The video quality is perfect, much better than the original release. Seeing it makes me long for the day when EPE will release all the footage shot by CBS during the tour.

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