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Writers (WGA):
Joe R. Lansdale (short story)
Don Coscarelli (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 October 2003 (USA) See more »
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Elvis and JFK, both alive and in a nursing home, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (Cast overview, first billed only)

Bruce Campbell ... Elvis Presley / Sebastian Haff

Ossie Davis ... Jack

Ella Joyce ... The Nurse

Heidi Marnhout ... Callie
Bob Ivy ... Bubba Ho-tep
Edith Jefferson ... Elderly Woman

Larry Pennell ... Kemosabe

Reggie Bannister ... Rest Home Administrator

Daniel Roebuck ... Hearse Driver

Daniel Schweiger ... Hearse Driver
Harrison Young ... Elvis' Roommate
Linda Flammer ... Room Nurse

Cean Okada ... Attending Nurse
Solange Morand ... Iron Lung Lady
Karen Placencia ... Baby
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Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violent images
92 min
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Before Bruce Campbell accepted the role of "Elvis," he had only one question for director Don Coscarelli: "Are you going to show the penis?"See more »
Plot holes: Elvis is unable to prove his identity after being subjected for years, on a routine basis, to invasive medical examinations which would have revealed, even inadvertently, telltale identifying clues in blood, DNA, fingerprints, and other factors. (This assumes that he really is Elvis, which the film strongly implies is indeed the case.)See more »
[in the washroom stall, looking at hieroglyphics on the wall]
JFK:Now this top line translates into, "Pharoah gobbles donkey goobers," and the bottom line, "Cleopatra does the nasty."
Elvis:Say what?
JFK:Well pretty much, that's the best I can translate it.
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56 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
brilliant pop culture weirdness, 16 August 2004
Author: awalter1 from Seattle, WA ~ USA

"Bubba Ho-tep" is a low budget movie that went for the B-movie feel on purpose, accomplishing its goal of being a "fine" piece of pop culture weirdness. The story is set in a current-day East Texas rest home and focuses on two residents who believe they are Elvis and JFK--the JFK character just happens to be black, and the rest home also houses a few other crazies, including the Lone Ranger. Elvis and JFK soon learn that an Egyptian mummy--who was stolen from his traveling museum exhibition--has come to life in their neighborhood and is killing the rest home residents by sucking their life force out their backsides (you can harvest a soul through "any major orifice," you know). Eventually, our decrepit heroes realize that only they can meet the mummy in a showdown.

The film is really a clever piece of pop culture mythology, working up hilarious back stories for JFK (Ossie Davis who is recognizable from, at the very least, several Spike Lee films) and Elvis (Bruce Campbell of the "Evil Dead" movies). Campbell's performance is particularly excellent, Don Coscarelli's as director did a perfect job finding the right mood and balance of humor for the film, and the leisurely plot--from Joe Lansdale's original novella--is totally engaging and a cinephile's dream.

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