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Heartbreak Hotel (1988)

When a teen tries to set up a band at his school, his mother who was a big fan of Elvis Presley gets in a wreck he and his band members decides to kidnap Elvis and have him hooked up with his mother.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Wolfe
Johnny Wolfe
Pam Wolfe
Jacque Lynn Colton ...
Rosie Pantangellio
Steve Ayres
Tudor Sherrard ...
Paul Quinine
Paul J. Harkins ...
Brian Gasternick (as Paul Harkins)
Noel Derecki ...
Tony Vandelo
Beth Devereux
T. Graham Brown ...
Dennis Letts ...
Alan Fortas
Stephen Lee Davis ...


Johnny, a 17 year old boy, succeeds in kidnapping Elvis Presley and thus convinces him to meet her mother who is a fan of his and has to stand difficult times at that moment. Written by Volker Boehm

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


1972. My family needed some help, my town needed a hero, and my band needed a break. So I borrowed Mom's pink Cadillac and I kidnapped Elvis Presley, and our lives were never the same again. See more »


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Release Date:

30 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eläköön Elvis  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


$5,509,417 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tuesday Weld, who plays the mom who's a big fan of Elvis Presley in the movie, was in Wild in the Country (1961) which starred Elvis Presley. See more »


When Elvis and Marie go to escape the crowd, Marie asks Elvis, "Can you row a boat?" Elvis replies "Can I row? Didn't you ever see 'King Creole?'" - Elvis did have a scene on a boat in "King Creole," but it was a steamboat... no rowing required. See more »


Johnny Wolfe: You're kissing the same ass you used to kick.
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer at the end of the movie that "This was a work of fiction and not a depiction of events that occurred during Elvis Presley's lifetime. " See more »


Referenced in Making of 'Bubba Ho-tep' (2004) See more »


Hound Dog
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
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A nice interesting, entertaining film
9 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have seen this film a few times, and I really do like it. Its a nice fictional story, set in the 80's. By this time Elvis obviously didn't die young, and is in his 60's, or at least getting old. Johnny helps his mum who owns a hotel. When he see's his mother in distress, he and a friend kidnaps Elvis in a bid to gain her happiness again. At first Elvis is furious, but he soon begins to live and let live, and a friendship and bond ensues between them all.

It is a pleasant film, and enjoyable. May not be to everyones taste, but I liked it.

With a good soundtrack, and good acting, it really isn't a bad film.

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