A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley (Rhys Meyers), from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.
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Series cast summary:
 Priscilla Presley (2 episodes, 2005)
 Steve Binder (2 episodes, 2005)
 Vernon Presley (2 episodes, 2005)
 Gladys Presley (2 episodes, 2005)
 Bill Black (2 episodes, 2005)
 Scotty Moore (2 episodes, 2005)
 Larry Geller (2 episodes, 2005)
Jennifer Rae Westley ...
 Dixie Locke (2 episodes, 2005)
 Red West (2 episodes, 2005)
 Gene Smith (2 episodes, 2005)
Eric William Pierson ...
 D.J. Fontana (2 episodes, 2005)
 Marion Keisker (2 episodes, 2005)
Marion Zinser ...
 Grandma Minnie (2 episodes, 2005)
 George Klein (2 episodes, 2005)
 Junior Smith (2 episodes, 2005)
 Lamar Fike (2 episodes, 2005)
Bart Hansard ...
 Steve Sholes (2 episodes, 2005)
Michael P. Cahill ...
 Barry Shultz (2 episodes, 2005)
 Chet Atkins (2 episodes, 2005)
 Hal Wallis (2 episodes, 2005)
Hunt Scarritt ...
 Eddie Bond (2 episodes, 2005)
Carmen Amanda Mapes ...
 Gas Station Girl #1 (2 episodes, 2005)
Laura-Shay Griffin ...
 Gas Station Girl #2 (2 episodes, 2005)
 Edd Hopper (2 episodes, 2005)
Danny Nelson ...
 Judge Marion Gooding (2 episodes, 2005)
Bryan Lee McGlothin ...
 Judge Sam Friedman (2 episodes, 2005)
 Horace Logan (2 episodes, 2005)
Cassie Billedeau ...
 Cutest Girl (2 episodes, 2005)
 Mrs. Hughes (2 episodes, 2005)
Julian Kulick ...
 Overton Announcer (2 episodes, 2005)
Earl Maddox ...
 Preacher (2 episodes, 2005)
 Southern Politician (2 episodes, 2005)
 Tough Kid #1 (2 episodes, 2005)
Travis Resor ...
 Tough Kid #2 (2 episodes, 2005)
Lisette Vitter ...
 Teen Fan #1 (2 episodes, 2005)
Ashley Woody ...
 Teen Fan #2 (2 episodes, 2005)
 Wynonie Harris (2 episodes, 2005)
 Actress (2 episodes, 2005)
 Disc Jockey (2 episodes, 2005)
 Pvt. Joe Esposito (2 episodes, 2005)
Ryan Rilette ...
 Charlie Hodges (2 episodes, 2005)
Nicholas Paoletti ...
 Airman Currie Grant (2 episodes, 2005)
 Captain Beaulieu (2 episodes, 2005)
Caroline McKinley ...
 Mrs. Beaulieu (2 episodes, 2005)
 Newsreel Reporter (2 episodes, 2005)
Manny Chevrolet ...
 News Man #1 (2 episodes, 2005)
James Steven Sadwith ...
 News Man #2 (2 episodes, 2005)
 Assistant Director (2 episodes, 2005)
 Choreographer (2 episodes, 2005)
Peter Gabb ...
 Motorcycle Director (2 episodes, 2005)
 Pretty thing (2 episodes, 2005)
Lane Fournerat ...
 Elvis Fan (2 episodes, 2005)
 Sam Phillips (2 episodes, 2005)
Bria Hobgood ...
 Party Girl (2 episodes, 2005)
 Ann-Margret (2 episodes, 2005)
 'Colonel' Tom Parker (2 episodes, 2005)
 Elvis Presley (2 episodes, 2005)


A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley (Rhys Meyers), from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.

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Also Known As:

Elvis - A kezdet kezdete  »

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Did You Know?


More than 300 Elvis fans auditioned for the role of Elvis Presley, they were all turned away and Rhys Myers hired, even though he wasn't one of the 300 lining up for audition See more »


In the final scene, the ring on Jonathan's left hand is on the middle finger. In the actual video of that Elvis segment, Elvis was actually wearing the ring on his left hand on his ring finger. See more »


Elvis Presley: Listen to this. This is how God works.
Elvis Presley: I may be expressing myself through these beautiful symphonies of light, color, and language that manifests itself as music. But they will hail you as one of the great ones of the day, and think of you as a wonderful preacher, and teacher.
Red West: Huh?
Elvis Presley: Don't you get it? Ever since Mamma died I've been asking myself these questions. Why'd God take her away from me? Why am I not happy when he gave me all this success and fame? Why, out of all the millions, ...
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References Live a Little, Love a Little (1968) See more »


All Shook Up
Written by Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley
Performed by Elvis Presley
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One of the best biographies ever. Ellvis lives on!
11 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have seen every movie made about Elvis with the exception of a regional drive-in movie that was fictitious called "The Legend" I believe, and not since Kurt Russell's phenomenal impersonation in the 1970s TV Movie have I seen such an amazing job of acting as done by this young kid from Ireland. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers was so stunningly accurate even though the combed back hair made his forehead look a little too prominent. Still, I did not work against his extremely effective portrayal of the King of Rock and Roll. Okay, I know I'm being picky here, but having been a portrait artist for 48 years, it's hard not to notice such physical details.

What made this film all the more watchable were the acting of Camryn Manheim as Mama Presley and Randy Quaid as The Colonel. In both cases, the actors added so many shades to their characters and, despite the stories we Elvis die-hard fans know inside out, the script was put together in a way that made it all unfold as though we were there. And after not quite lookalike actors like Don Johnson with a voice that sounded more like one of David Seville's Chipmunks than Elvis, and Dale Midkiff who lacked the charisma with his slight resemblance to the man in the miniseries "Elvis And Me") this time, we had a guy we could believe was the real thing. And then there was the guy from the TV show who also played Elvis Michael St. Gerard who had such an uncanny resemblance to Elvis though with nothing close to the voice (except for the time he briefly played Elvis in "Great Balls Of Fire" and for one scene tells Dennis Quaid's Jerry Lee Lewis "Take it! Take it awwlll!") he was okay in the acting department but only okay. This guy Jonathon Rhys-Meyers has some serious acting chops. I loved his work in this one and will keep an eye out for him in the future. (And isn't it ironic how both Quaids have gotten to be connected somehow to the Elvis legend?)

So to all the Elvis haters and those who tore this film down, you don't have a clue. This was a great movie and for TV was a bloody masterpiece.

I can't wait until this sucker is on DVD or video and I can buy a copy for my personal collection. Thank you CBS for this great present.

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