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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gael García Bernal is a year and a half younger than Pell James who plays a 16 year-old. See more »


When Twla Sandow gets up to leave during David's sermon on Paul, she is carrying her purse in her left hand. When she exits the auditorium she is not carrying a purse at all, but whenever she leaves the building and walks into traffic she is carrying the purse again. See more »


Sad and Beautiful World
Written by Mark Linkous
WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
On behalf of Itself and Spirit Ditch Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Paul Dano
Produced by David Baerwald
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Please go see it!!!
15 March 2006 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

Thank you Director and Producer (specifically you guys because I saw your Q&A after the movie in Austin)! Thank you for not saturating this with the standard dark moody music to match every scene's tempo! The music in this movie kept me tense and glued to the screen because it gave nothing away about what was coming next. Perfect! Thank you for keeping us wondering what drives Elvis and not making him behave like so many before him that do similar things. Because we couldn't be sure what he was capable of next, we felt a certain tension with every new scene. Thank you for not having a hidden 'twist'! Seriously. Thank you for the cinematography! I could describe why every shot was great, but a 360 circuit from the house through the garden and back through the house was my favorite! We were literally craning our necks with every twist and turn.

I loved everything about this movie. If you are a film student, take every preconceived idea about interpretation out of your head and just feel how your eyes are wide open at every next scene. Feel the tension. Just appreciate how they put something together and don't try think they came up with a message to get across and wrote a movie around it.

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