The King (2005)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  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:
Scoot (as Derek Alvarado)
E. Matthew Buckley ...
Deck Officer (as Matthew Buckley)
Brothel Manager (as Monica Pena)
Veronica Bernal ...
Elvis's Girl
Mexican Salesman
Mr. Chopra
Sally Allen ...
Paul Sandow
Roger Kunshick ...
Young Man with Flower
Ike Reilly ...
Rum Jungle Singer


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 <>

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The devil made me do it.


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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





Release Date:

19 May 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A király  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£33,213 (UK) (19 May 2006)


$281,326 (USA) (18 August 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


According to the digital clock in the SUV, it takes Elvis and David 21 minutes to change radio stations twice. See more »


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Written by Ike Reilly
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A valuable little number
31 October 2005 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This film has gained a bit of stick from advance audiences, and the writers faced some hostile questioning following the screening I attended at the London Film Festival. I am frankly bemused as to why. I feel that, at worst, this is a solid and compelling indie flick and, at best, it has some important and lasting points to make about American identity, the nature of sin and the power of faith. My personal opinion is that many of those who see it are offended by either the film's refusal to judge the evil of it's main protagonist (played ever-perfectly by Gael Garcia Bernal), the portrayal of Latino as killer, the perceived failure to criticise the tee-total, creationist excesses of the Bible Belt, or a combination of the above. After all, southern-style Christianity is about as popular as Nazism right now among the arty set. I would prefer to view the film as what it is - an open-ended tragedy refusing to answer its own questions for the audience. I have thought of it frequently in the days since.

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