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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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Elvis
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Scoot
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 ...
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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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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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Drama | Thriller

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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:

£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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There will be Peace in the Valley for Me
(1939)
Written by Thomas A. Dorsey (as Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey)
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Performed by Dolly Parton
Licensed from and used by permission of Blue Eye Records and Welk Music Group
(p) 2003 Blue Eye Records
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Bernal does it again
18 March 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Gael Garcia Bernal has a knack of choosing roles that really challenge the viewer (Bad Education, And your mother too come to mind) and his role in The King is no exception. Superb performances from all the leads that left me with a chill down my spine as I left the cinema. It's impossible to comment too much on the plot of the movie without giving too much away but I was totally engrossed with this tale of Elvis seeking out his father who just happens to be a Pastor in the bible belt of Texas and what ensues. The camera work as it spans through the house of the Pastor in some of the final reels of the film serves to build up to a chilling finale to a story that goes places quite unexpected and deals with issues that are not usually addressed in today's cinema. Certainly not in such an effective way as is in evidence here. Bernal's quite detached way in which he plays this role leaves you with some unanswered questions about his initial motives but in my opinion does not detract from the performance or the film itself. Well worth the price of admission.


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