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Elvis & Nixon (2016)

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The untold true story behind the meeting between Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n Roll, and President Richard Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.



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John Finlator
Margaret (Ticket Agent)
Mary Anne Peterson
Grady (Airport Security)
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On a December morning in 1970, the King of Rock 'n Roll showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Nixon. Starring Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley and two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon, comes the untold true story behind this revealing, yet humorous moment in the Oval Office forever immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives. Written by Bleecker Street

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The true story you won't quite believe . . . See more »


Comedy | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 April 2016 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Elvis and Nixon  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$466,447 (USA) (22 April 2016)


$1,031,598 (USA) (6 May 2016)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The idea to make a feature film about the meeting between Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon was originally inspired by a portrait of an unsmiling Elvis, facing the camera and in profile, mugshot-style, that hangs in the home of producer Cassian Elwes. See more »


The Hotel Washington, where Elvis was staying, is across the street from the Treasury building. In the movie, the Presley limo is seen pulling up to the entrance, and there is a parking lot in the background. See more »


Elvis: That's how I learned to develop these knuckles of steel. Now, slap them. Come on, harder! Harder! Let it out! Let it out! Those are the steel claws of a tiger, Mr. President.
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Hold On I'm Coming
Written by Isaac Hayes & David Porter (as Dave Porter)
Performed by Sam & Dave
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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MIchael Shannon owns this movie
25 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kevin Spacey is good as Nixon.Don't get me wrong, he is one of my favorite actors. Michael Shannon though just kills it. I absolutely love everything Michael Shannon is in. I admit I would have loved to have seen Kevin Spacey as Nixon a bit more but this is mostly Shannons movie. There are two scenes, one where he's talking to his best friend and another where he's talking to himself in the mirror, these two scenes blew me away.So deep and moving.In a better movie I believe just these two scenes would have gained Shannon an Oscar nomination. Years from now when they are finding Shannons best scenes I hope they pick up the two in Elvis and Nixon. The supporting cast are fine here. The movie runs at 86 minutes which is really like 81 minutes without the credits at the end. It could have been an hour long movie though. At times it drags especially the scenes of Alex Pettyfer's character but other than that Elvis and Nixon is a delightful little movie with a great performance from Michael Shannon. You will have the giggles throughout and you will be entertained for sure by the ridiculousness of the whole movie. I really enjoyed it. ***1/2 out of stars.

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