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An Elvis impersonator with a wounded psyche, unflinching in his quest to keep the King's spirit alive bets it all on one night of glory, a headlining spot at dingy Tinseltown dive. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Duane Whitaker ... Eddie Presley
Robert Lowden ... Spray Painter

Rick Askew ... Homeless Man
Enrique Angel Torres ... Homeless Man in Stairway
Patric Zimmerman ... Cook (as Pat Zimmerman)

Clu Gulager ... Sid
Melissa Cooper ... Aspiring Actress #1
Stacie Randall ... Tyranny (as Stacie Bourgeois)
Julie Rohde-Brown ... Foxey (as Julie Rhode-Browne)
Lee Zimmerman ... Street Puppeteer
Will Huston ... Ace (as William Leon Edwards)

Ian Ogilvy ... Captain Starch

Rusty Cundieff ... Guard
Gilberto Rodriquez ... Guard (as Gilbert Rodriguez)

Joel Weiss ... Guard

Michael Tierney ... Guard

Don Dowe ... Guard
Jeff Burr ... Guard

Willard E. Pugh ... Nick (as Willard Pugh)
Harri James ... Becky

Ted Raimi ... Scooter
Brenda Leavitt ... Meter Maid
Larry Lyles ... Smokey

Daniel Roebuck ... Keystone the Magnificent

Roscoe Lee Browne ... Doc

Marsha Dietlein ... Aspiring Actress #2

Lawrence Tierney ... Joe West

Buddy Daniels ... Bum on Street

Patrick Thomas ... Ron the Ventriloquist / Budgie (as Puppy Thomas)

Tom Everett ... Mr. Spit

Tim Thomerson ... Shock Comic
Charles Bryant ... Eddie's Band
Clark Prince ... Eddie's Band
Blaise Delacroix ... Eddie's Band
Daniel Gross ... Eddie's Band
Tom Denolf ... Scientologist
Maryanne Hagan ... Aspiring Actress #3

Shelly Desai ... Walley

John Lazar ... Limousine Driver
Norm Wilson ... Doc's Regular
Betty Dunshee ... Doc's Regular
Shirlee Denolf ... Doc's Regular
Paul Ikenson ... Doc's Regular
Jacqueline Hutton ... Doc's Regular
Carol Clark ... Waitress at Doc's

Chuck Williams ... Kevin in the Booth

Joe Estevez ... Eddie's Father
Barbara Whitaker ... Eddie's Mother
Barbara Patrick ... Eddie's Wife
Gregory Packer ... Eddie's Son
Nicole Harrison ... Burger World Counter Girl
Dan Zukovic ... Manager (as Dan Zucovic)

Robert Knott ... Policeman
R.A. Mihailoff ... Psycho in Asylum
Joe Rubin ... Asylum Inmate

Michael Shamus Wiles ... Asylum Inmate
Scot Kuykundahl ... Asylum Inmate (as Scoti Kuykendall)

Darin Scott ... Asylum Inmate
Candace Reid ... Asylum Inmate
Jeanne Von Daacke-Burr ... Asylum Inmate
Anthony R. Lovett ... Asylum Inmate (as Tony Lovett)
Paul Rogus ... Asylum Inmate
Darlene Hartman ... Asylum Inmate
Frank DeAngelo ... Asylum Inmate (as Frankie D'Angelo)

Quentin Tarantino ... Asylum Attendant

Bruce Campbell ... Asylum Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kitten Natividad
Badja Djola ... Drycleaner (uncredited)
Annette Murphy ... Waitress (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeff Burr 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Duane Whitaker 

Produced by
Samuel Benedict .... executive producer
William Burr .... producer
Chuck Williams .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jim Manzie 
 
Cinematography by
Thomas L. Callaway 
 
Film Editing by
Jay Woelfel 
 
Production Design by
Robert Eberz 
 
Set Decoration by
Michael Stone 
 
Sound Department
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Waide R. Allen .... gaffer
James D. Wickman .... key grip
 
Other crew
Tammy Apana .... production coordinator
Justin Stanley .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Kitten Natividad .... special thanks
Randy West .... special thanks
 

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The movie Lawrence Tierney calls 'Eddie Depressly', 31 March 2005
Author: Super_Fu_Manchu from London, England

There are a number of reasons to see Eddie Presley; it strikes a realistic if depressing tone, and doesn't dive out of this realism for the sake of the third act. The film portrays the monotony of living life on the ropes, and the futility of seeking fame that eludes so many. Whitaker is convincing as the main character in the film based on the play which he wrote. His attachment to the writing is clear; he allows the audience to see all sides of his character, uncomfortable yet involving viewing.

Ultimately though, the film refuses to make judgments on its principal character; his narcissism and vanity go unchecked. We see him totally ignoring the advances of a woman who is meant to be his perfect match; the caring co-worker type who indulges his self centered fantasies. We see him use the services and faith of his friends without thanks. We see him expect fame rather than truly deserve it. The main character is so deeply flawed, yet the film only reflects on his depression and possible mental handicap (portrayed in incongruous flashbacks), without judging his motivations. Long shots of Eddie whimpering or sighing to himself, losing himself in the past, do little for the film. The audience of his show within the film are rightly falling asleep, but he continues his ramble about how sad it is for him, his past etc. This faces the film's actual audience with a difficult choice; do we too simply fall asleep while this man feels sorry for himself? The filmmakers are too in love with their central character to detach themselves from him enough to actually make a satisfying flick. I admit I became attached to the character, particularly in the first hour (significantly stronger than the second half, where Eddie plays his show to a bored audience). However, as the film progressed I found myself getting frustrated at Eddie's self delusion; one which the filmmakers become so involved with, its hard to see whether they themselves were even conscious that it's a delusion either. It's hard to even refer to this flick as a character-study, since it rarely actually studies the character - rather it gets swept along by his narcissism, before ultimately drowning in his own self-interest. This is reflected by the movie's initial running time of 3 hours, which was inevitably cut down to a more manageable 95 minutes.

Those seeking the tooted cameos will probably be disappointed by the blink-and-you-miss-it appearances of Bruce Campbell and Quentin Tarantino, which are literally glances. Neither has a line in the film either. More entertaining is Lawrence Tierney's cameo; a role he was made for. Also on show is Ted Raimi, brother of 'Evil Dead' director Sam Raimi, who is amusing as always but catastrophically miscast.

Overall this is a picture that wears its faults on its sleeve, much like Eddie himself. Whilst it never quite reaches the melancholy brilliance of a Jarmusch movie, it does have its moments, and is worth checking out. It's also of interest to the low budget filmmaker, given its shoe-string budget.

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