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The King (2005)

R  |   |  Drama  |  19 May 2006 (UK)
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A troubled man, recently discharged from the Navy, goes to Corpus Christi, Texas, in search of the father he's never met.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Elvis
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Scoot (as Derek Alvarado)
E. Matthew Buckley ...
Deck Officer (as Matthew Buckley)
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Brothel Manager (as Monica Pena)
Veronica Bernal ...
Elvis's Girl
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Mexican Salesman
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Mr. Chopra
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Malerie
Sally Allen ...
PA
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Paul Sandow
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Twyla
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David
Roger Kunshick ...
Young Man with Flower
Ike Reilly ...
Rum Jungle Singer
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Bruno
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Storyline

A motiveless malignancy? Elvis leaves the Navy and heads for Texas where he contacts his father, whom he's never met, the pastor at a Christian community church. Pastor Dave tells Elvis to stay away and, without telling his family that Elvis is his son from a pre-conversion liaison, tells them to have nothing to do with him. But Elvis has already connected with Malerie, the pastor's 16-year old daughter. Elvis embarks on the seduction of Malerie, while Dave examines his conscience and comes to a new conclusion. Can anyone get right with the Lord? Does the Lord hear? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The devil made me do it.

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Rated R for strong sexuality involving a teen, some violence and language | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

19 May 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£33,213 (UK) (19 May 2006)

Gross:

$281,326 (USA) (18 August 2006)
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Gael García Bernal is a year and a half younger than Pell James who plays a 16 year-old. See more »

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The movie takes place in Corpus Christi, Texas, but the pool that Elvis and Malerie visit is Barton Springs Pool, located in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. See more »

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Helplessly Hoping
(1969)
Written by Stephen Stills
Gold Hill Music / Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI)
Performed by Paul Dano
Produced by Max Avery Lichtenstein
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Greek/Shakespearean Tragedy
31 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just saw this film as part of the Seattle International Film Festival and I found it very well made. I go to plenty of festival films and most are truly dreck. This was a nice surprise. While the story goes a couple of steps too far in terms of reality, viewed as old fashioned Greek drama, it was quite exhilarating. The story hits many high points and keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering when characters will catch up with the audience. The acting among the principal players was highly consistent with the characters they set up and were actually believable when circumstances became overly dramatic -- even the daughter's actions made some sense when considering her "place" in the family and how much she was actually marginalized by her father. I would also say that Hurt deserves another nomination after the one he got last year for "The History of Violence" (another true gem). Plus, Bernal gives his most convincing performance yet -- very smart of him NOT to play this character in a very obvious way!


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