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The King (2005)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 19 May 2006 (UK)
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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Scoot
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Deck Officer (as Matthew Buckley)
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Brothel Manager (as Monica Pena)
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Elvis's Girl
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Mexican Salesman
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Mr. Chopra
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Malerie
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Paul Sandow
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Twyla
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Young Man with Flower
Ike Reilly ...
Rum Jungle Singer
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Bruno
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,927, 21 May 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$281,326, 20 August 2006
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James Marsh did not know the real age of the actress Pell James, who was playing 17-year-old Malerie Sandow, was until the end of the shoot, when she gave him a Thank You card revealing her true age. Marsh said that it was better that he didn't know as it would have proved a distraction. See more »

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On his first day as a delivery driver Elvis is shown by his manager the proper way to cut a pizza and put it in the bag. After the manager shows him how to do this he tells him to go deliver the pizza. Elvis walks out the door with just the pizza box. The bag has disappeared. See more »

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(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song
(1975)
Written by Chips Moman and Larry Butler
Sony/ATV Songs LLC d/b/a Tree Publishing Co.
Performed by B.J. Thomas (as BJ Thomas)
Courtesy of Geffen Records Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Very Powerful, A Quality Film for Grown-Ups
9 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Not for the first time, I thank the British Cable/Satellite channels for making available an excellent film that that I would not have noticed at the cinema over here, in fact I don't believe it gained any significant cinema distribution at all. This is another example of the 'small' US movie (modest budget, even more modest marketing, no A-list stars) that is as good as anything produced anywhere in the world. A young fellow leaves the US navy and seeks out his father, who he's never met. He tracks Dad down to find that he's become a pastor in a born-again Christian church and now has a family of his own. I'll not reveal anything of what follows but will say that what develops is unexpected, shocking and totally gripping. OK, you get a sense that it will all end in tears but this is genuinely powerful stuff. Gael García Bernal is excellent (another Martin Sheen?) as is the rest of the cast. William Hurt, his glamorous male lead days behind him, demonstrates once again that he is an actor of real quality and ability – long may he continue to play similar cameo roles. I mentioned Bernals similarity to the young Martin Sheen previously. The King has some comparisons to 'Badlands' which blew me away all those years ago and I believe that this is as good a film. You need a slightly strong stomach but this is a powerful film for adults and I recommend it highly.


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