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Heartbreak Hotel (1988)

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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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Marie Wolfe
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Rosie Pantangellio
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Steve Ayres
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Irene
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Paul Quinine
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Tony Vandelo
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Beth Devereux
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Jerry Schilling
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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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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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30 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eläköön Elvis  »

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$5,509,417 (USA)
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Tuesday Weld, who plays the mom whose a big fan of Elvis Presley in the movie, was in Wild in the Country (1961) which starred Elvis Presley. See more »

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The beginning of the film says it is a fable about Elvis Presley. A fable is a story that features animals or inanimate objects that behave like humans. See more »

Quotes

Elvis Presley: When I first met you, I didn't like you at all. I thought you were the most arrogant, selfish, ungrateful little bastard I'd ever met.
[pauses]
Elvis Presley: Then I started to remember how much I was like that at your age.
Johnny Wolfe: Elvis, man. What happened at the talent show - thanks. I know you did that for me.
Elvis Presley: [Frowns] Hell no, kid. I didn't do that for you. I did that for rock and roll.
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Features Loving You (1957) See more »

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Ready Teddy
Written by John Marascalco & Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (as Robert Blackwell)
Performed by David Keith
Produced by Bruce Botnick
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"Hell no, kid. I didn't do that for you. I did that for rock and roll."
21 June 2004 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

This movie is much better than people seem to think. It's not just fun family entertainment, it really shows Elvis trying to come to terms with what went right and wrong with his life. It goes from a spooky, spiritual opening, where Elvis acknowledges his own mortality in song ("So hush little baby, don't you cry/You know your daddy's bound to die")to a rousing "If I Can Dream" finale. The idea is that Elvis gets everything right here that he got so tragically wrong in real time. He is the perfect father, husband, and artist, and he stands up for what we believe in, instead of just wasting himself. Touching and inspiring film.

What keeps the movie from going soft is the fact that the young rock and roller played by Charlie Schlatter (whatever happened to him?) is initially quite contemptuous of Elvis and his Las Vegas style lounge act. The kid chews Elvis out in a very memorable scene that really represents the feelings of millions of young 70's teens about the way Elvis went soft. The fact that Elvis listens and learns is extremely inspiring, but again, the film stays honest. At the end he tells the family, "I've found something here, and I'm afraid if I leave it will slip away again."

Sadly, it did.


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