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This Is Elvis (1981)

The life and career of Elvis Presley are chronicled in home movies, concert footage, and dramatizations. Subjects include early performances, army service, Ed Sullivan Show appearance, marriage, 1968 comeback, health decline and death.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Scott ...
Elvis - Age 18
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Elvis - Age 10
Johnny Harra ...
Lawrence Koller ...
Vernon Presley
Rhonda Lyn ...
Priscilla Presley
Debbie Edge ...
Gladys Presley
Larry Raspberry ...
Dewey Phillips
Furry Lewis ...
Bluesman
Liz Robinson ...
Minnie Mae Presley
Dana MacKay ...
Elvis - Age 35
Knox Phillips ...
Sam Phillips
Cheryl Needham ...
Linda Thompson
Andrea Cyrill ...
Ginger Alden
Jerry Phillips ...
Bill Black
Emory Smith ...
Scotty Moore
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Storyline

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 Gospel 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 nationwide concert tours, continued for the remainder of his career. A clip from his 1973 TV Special, "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii", ... Written by efffee@aol.com

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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 »

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Biography | Music

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Release Date:

10 April 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Life of Elvis Presley  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$429,146, 12 April 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,028,612
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In a scene, shown here, from Loving You, 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. "Trouble" was first performed by Elvis in King Creole, one year later. In the actual film "Loving You", the juke box was playing only "Mean Woman Blues". 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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Crazy Credits

Certain sequences in this film were recreated. See more »

Connections

Features Charro! (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want to Hold Your Hand
By John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Duchess Music Corporation
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The King Still Rules
17 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

On Elvis' birthday this past year, I watched his movies and documentaries on television all day long. By the end of the day, I was a hooked fan and understood why this man is worshipped around the globe. Since then I have seen many of his movies, concerts and read books.

This movie is separate from all of that, as it reveals the man inside the myth. Anyone with even a casual interest in Elvis would find this interesting, but to a fanatic like myself this is immeasurably important. I enjoyed seeing him in the later years practising karate, to the song "Kung Fu Fighting".


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