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Almost Elvis (2001)

Video  -  Documentary | Comedy | Music  -  4 August 2001 (USA)
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Follow several would-be Kings as they compete for the title of "World's Best Elvis Impersonator."

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Johnny Thompson ...
Quentin Flagg ...
Steve Sogura ...
Robert Washington ...
Doug Church ...
Rich Andrews ...
Irv Cass ...
Gary Flagg ...
Himself - Quentin's father
Magie Flagg ...
Herself - Quentin's mother
Terrell Cass ...
Himself - Irv's father
Vernon Chadwick ...
Butch Polston ...
Himself - B&K Enterprises
Nancy Fox ...
Herself - Elvis Entertainment Network
John Stuart ...
Himself - Legends in Concert
Ronnie Craig ...
Himself - Images of Elvis emcee
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Elvis impersonators now number more than 35,000 worldwide. Almost Elvis investigates this cultural phenomenon with humor and insight. Filmed all over America, it traces the journeys of several hopefuls to the world's largest Elvis impersonator contest and documents their quest to create the perfect illusion of the King of Rock'n'Roll. Written by Blue Suede Films

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12 June 2003 | by (la) – See all my reviews

I love Elvis impersonators and documentaries about Elvis impersonators because these guys think if you're overweight, come your hair back, die it black and put on a jump suit, you look like Elvis. In reality, I've never seen an Elvis Impersonator that actually looked like Elvis close up. In a Vegas show where it's a big stage and you're sitting far away, sure, that's where an impersonator can shine. But this documentary, we follow a few impersonators on their way to a big contest and in reality, if you want an Elvis "clone," you're not going to see it here.

This is a funny film, and well done. My favorite line in the whole film, was one of the judges at the beginning, judging a local Elvis contest: "These guys aren't competing against each other. They're competing against the real Elvis." Then I guess they all lose, right?

The impersonators all think they look and sound like Elvis and it's kind of sad, but if it makes them happy, you can't knock it. In their world, where they're all friends, they're making a living and doing what they want. You can see the egos oozing, though, and that's what I love. The one older guy getting his black jump suit with his double chin a-flailing, you could see the guy's ego could barely fit in the room. The little kid who looks and sounds NOTHING like Elvis, yet his parents seemed to think he was going to be a big star: "Where ever he is, Los Angeles, New York, Vegas, he'll always have a home to come back to," his dad proudly says. From what? His job at the gas station?

It seems everyone who is a fan of these impersonators is older, probably a fan of Elvis when he was alive. And a lot of the impersonators are over 40, makes you wonder how much longer they'll be able to do this.

If you get a chance, see this film. It's funny and if anything, it will make you appreciate your life more.


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