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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
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 ...
George Klein


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

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A rock and roll fantasy. See more »


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Release Date:

30 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eläköön Elvis  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the hotel is "Flaming Star," which is also the name of Elvis Presley's 6th movie. See more »


The jet in the movie ending is a Cessna Citation 500. Although commercially available since 1971, the airplane on the movie (registry N888GA - cn 500-0132) was built in 1973, one year after the movie events. See more »


Elvis Presley: Maybe I oughtta go back to the old way of doing things. Really rock 'em again!
Jerry Schilling: [Uneasy] Hell, you can't afford to take a chance like that, E. What about your image?
Elvis Presley: Can't afford it? Man, when I was broke I could afford to do anything I wanted!
[Bitterly, to himself]
Elvis Presley: Now I'm a millionaire. Can't afford to do a damned thing.
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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 »


Written and produced by Frank Fitzpatrick & Ken Navarron
Performed by Randy Crenshaw
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A nice interesting, entertaining film
9 September 2006 | by 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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