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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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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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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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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 »


Elvis Presley: Son, you're talking to Elvis Presley! Do I look like a dating service?
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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 »


Love Me
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by David Keith with the T. Graham Brown Band
Produced by Robert Kraft
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A NICE Movie . . .
20 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite "sweet" movies of all time. Enough conflict and tension to make you wonder what's going to happen and that fun "what if . . ." factor that ties the whole thing together, especially with Elvis being such an important pop culture icon. Keith has done Elvis before I believe, and turns in a great job again, realistically I think enjoying his respite from the demands of public life, and then heading back. Everyone seems to be having fun in this "fairy tale," and I wonder if Elvis ever really got a chance to kick back like this. I'm a "baby" Elvis fan and especially love the oddball stuff connected with him, and this movie fits the bill perfectly. It's just a nice little flick to cuddle up to, preferably with someone and enjoy.

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