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This Is Elvis -- A first fully authorized look at the man behind the myth combines documentary footage with sequences of actors playing Presley at various stages of his life.


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Malcolm Leo (written by) &
Andrew Solt (written by)
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Release Date:
4 April 1981 (USA) See more »
The rare personal films never before seen by the public. See more »
Though several actors portray Elvis Presley at different stages of his life, this documentary is comprised... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
David Scott ... Elvis - Age 18

Paul Boensch III ... Elvis - Age 10
Johnny Harra ... Elvis - Age 42
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
Ral Donner ... Voice of retrospective Elvis (voice)
Joe Esposito ... Joe Esposito - Narration (voice) (also archive footage)

Linda Thompson ... Linda Thompson - Narration (voice) (also archive footage)
Lisha Sweetnam ... Priscilla Presley - Narration (voice)
Virginia Kiser ... Gladys Presley - Narration (voice)
Michael Tomack ... Vernon Presley - Narration (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ronnie McDowell ... Singing voice of Elvis in High School
Ginger Alden ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Steve Allen ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Milton Berle ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Joey Bishop ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bill Black ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sammy Davis Jr. ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jimmy Dorsey ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tommy Dorsey ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
D.J. Fontana ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alan Fortas ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hy Gardner ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Cary Grant ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

George Hamilton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dolores Hart ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dave Hebler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charlie Hodge ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bob Hope ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Hedda Hopper ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bones Howe ... Himself - from the 1968 'Elvis' TV Special (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mary Jenkins ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Groucho Marx ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Scotty Moore ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pauline Nicholson ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Debra Paget ... Cathy Reno (segment "Love Me Tender") (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ed Parker ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tom Parker ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gladys Presley ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lisa Marie Presley ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Priscilla Presley ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Vernon Presley ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Vester Presley ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bill Randle ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nancy Rooks ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Phil Silvers ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Frank Sinatra ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Nancy Sinatra ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ed Sullivan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Norman Taurog ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Vicky Tiu ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Aaron Webster ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Aaron Webster ... In attendance at Elvis' funeral procession (uncredited)
Del 'Sonny' West ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Malcolm Leo 
Andrew Solt 
Writing credits
Malcolm Leo (written by) &
Andrew Solt (written by)

Produced by
Michael A. Bloom .... co-producer
Malcolm Leo .... producer
Bonnie Peterson .... associate producer
Phil Savenick .... producer: videotape sequences (as Phillip Savenick)
Andrew Solt .... producer
David L. Wolper .... executive producer
Original Music by
Walter Scharf 
Film Editing by
Glenn Farr (co-editor)
Bud Friedgen 
Set Decoration by
Charles L. Hughes  (as Charles Hughes)
Makeup Department
Bette Iverson .... hair stylist (as Betty Iverson)
Rod Wilson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bea Dennis .... post-production supervisor
Lorin Bennett Salob .... unit production manager (as Lorin Salob)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Stein .... assistant director
John N. Whittle .... second assistant director (as John Whittle)
Art Department
Don Hulett .... property master
Sound Department
Jerry Benson .... boom man
James Beshears .... supervising sound effects editor (as Jim Breshears)
Michael Denecke .... sound mixer (as Mike Denecke)
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
John W. Brumshagen .... gaffer (as John Brumshagen)
John J. Connor .... camera operator (as John Connor)
Patricia Hill .... second assistant cameraperson
Bud Howell .... key grip
Gil Hubbs .... director of photography: additional filming
John Nettles .... dolly grip
Ernest Paul Roebuck .... best boy (as Ernie Roebuck)
Dean Williams .... still photographer
Jeff Wolf .... assistant cameraperson
Casting Department
Patsy Bruce .... location casting
Joann Schermerhorn .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Tauss .... costumer: men
Judy Truchan .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Paul Anderson .... assistant editor
Randy Jon Morgan .... first assistant editor
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Nelson)
Martin November .... assistant editor
William J. O'Sullivan .... assistant editor
George Taylor .... post-production liaison
Donald Wylie .... assistant editor
Music Department
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Rocky Blodgett .... transportation captain
David Shaffer .... transportation coordinator (as David Shafer)
Other crew
Robert Allen .... production associate
Jessica Berman Bogdan .... researcher (as Jessica Berman)
Stanley Brossette .... unit publicist (as Stan Brossette)
Donna Daves .... production associate
Joe Esposito .... consultant
Carol Fleischer .... researcher
Bud Friedgen .... video sequences
Ron Furmanek .... research coordinator
Jill Hawkins .... researcher
Janet Hayman .... researcher (as Janet Haymen)
Margaret Henry .... researcher
Irving Katoni .... production associate
Michael Ochs .... researcher
Tom Parker .... technical advisor (as Colonel Tom Parker)
Sandra Perlstein .... assistant to producers
Janice Peters .... production secretary
Hal Potter .... researcher
Auriel Sanderson .... production coordinator
Jerry Schilling .... consultant
Wesley Van Eaton .... production associate
Cheryl Wilkinson .... contract administrator (as Cheryl L. Wilkinson)
Mark Wolper .... production associate
Steve Allen .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Ian Bailye .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Paul Bateman .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Michelle Beaulieu Hovey .... the producers gratefully acknowledge (as Michelle Beaulieu)
Milton Berle .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Delta Mae Biggs .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Dick Bogert .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Joan Deary .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Tom Diskin .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Maurice Elliott .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Ward Emling .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Bob Furmanek .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Hy Gardner .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Marilyn Gardner .... the producers gratefully acknowledge (as Marilyn)
Sherman Grinberg .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
John Guedel .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Bob Hope .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Jerry Hopkins .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
The Jordanaires .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Grelun Landon .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Janelle McComb .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Dean Nichopolous .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Jim O'Brien .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
George Parkhill .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Sam Phillips .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Robert Precht .... the producers gratefully acknowledge (as Robert H. Precht)
Vester Presley .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Bill Shapard .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Todd Slaughter .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Chuck Staley .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Gordon Stoker .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Susan Winslow .... the producers gratefully acknowledge
Gloria Wolper .... the producers gratefully acknowledge

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101 min | USA:144 min (video version) | USA:110 min
Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | UK:PG | USA:PG (Approved No. 26283)

Did You Know?

Joe Esposito, a friend of Elvis Presley, was cast to play himself.See more »
Factual errors: In this film, teaming up with Frank Sinatra, Elvis sings the Sinatra hit, "Withcraft", Written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. However in the closing credits,another "Witchcraft" mistakenly credited in its' place, is the B side of Elvis' 1963 hit , "Bosa Nova Baby" , also titled "Withcraft", a different song that does not appear in this film.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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Well intentioned but flawed, 15 March 2005
Author: robin-290 from Australia

A reasonably accurate and sympathetic portrayal, sadly undermined by a few glaring clangers..

At one point, the film attempts to use the Aloha From Hawaii concert to emphasise the widening gulf between the triumph of Elvis' professional life and his increasingly sad and lonely existence off stage.

A camera in the limo supposedly shows Elvis and a members of the inner Memphis Mafia departing the Honolulu International Centre following the show, as the narrating actor (as Elvis) laments, "If only I could have seen what was happening to me..".. Unfortunately, a clumsily overdubbed comment ("Man can Hawaii get sticky") didn't hide the fact that Elvis had already commented that it was a "hot time in Florida", another occupant pointed out the Gator Bowl in the distance, bright sunshine was evident (Aloha was filmed after midnight) and Joe Esposito (long serving Road manager) said with a sense of relief "The last matinée of the tour". This footage had been taken from a Florida concert filmed for "Elvis On Tour" a year previously, which also explains the fact that Presley was actually wearing a different stage costume in the Limo to the famous "American Eagle" suit worn for the Aloha show, and that the boys were discussing Florida landmarks and previous tour experiences at the Gator Bowl as they left the stadium.

Later, during a press conference in which ex bodyguards Sonny West and Dave Hebler attempt to justify writing the tell-all, "Elvis What Happened?" there is an enormous double take by a reporter, supposedly, over Presley's use of Demerol. "You actually saw him take (The name of the drug is edited) .?" "Yes".. Sonny goes on to explain that his cousin (and co author) Red West had threatened to "break up" the supplier but had relented when Elvis assured him, "I need it, man"..Demerol, a prescription painkiller, had already been alluded to as one of Presley's drugs of choice earlier in the interview. No one would have been surprised to hear that Sonny had witnessed Elvis taking Demerol, which was being prescribed (rightly or wrongly) by his doctor. The real question actually referred to cocaine, which explains the press reaction when Sonny said, "yes" as this allegation (true or false) was far more explosive.

Despite some ill-used dramatic licence, "This Is Elvis" is an interesting introduction to the Presley phenomenon, but a long way from the definitive account.

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