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Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)

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Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

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Denis Sanders
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Himself
James Burton ... Himself - Musician
Glen D. Hardin Glen D. Hardin ... Himself - Musician (as Glen Hardin)
Charlie Hodge Charlie Hodge ... Himself - Musician (as Charley Hodge)
Jerry Scheff Jerry Scheff ... Himself - Musician
Ronnie Tutt Ronnie Tutt ... Himself - Musician
John Wilkinson John Wilkinson ... Himself - Musician
Millie Kirkham Millie Kirkham ... Herself - Background Vocalist
Estell Brown Estell Brown ... Herself - Background Vocalist (as The Sweet Inspirations)
Sylvia Shemmell Sylvia Shemmell ... Herself - Background Vocalist (as The Sweet Inspirations)
Ann Williams Ann Williams ... Herself - Background Vocalist (as The Sweet Inspirations)
Roger Wiles Roger Wiles ... Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
Jim Murray Jim Murray ... Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
Joe Moscheo Joe Moscheo ... Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
Armando Morales Armando Morales ... Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
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Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

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Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvis: Thats the Way It Is - Special Edition See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (special edition)

Sound Mix:

SDDS (special edition)| DTS (special edition)| Dolby Digital (special edition)| 4-Track Stereo (original version)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Principal photography began the 2nd week of July 1970, during rehearsals at MGM. Shows at the International Hotel were filmed in August. Photography was completed on September 9th with the concert in Phoenix, Az at the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum. See more »

Quotes

Elvis Presley: [During rehearsal of "Bridge Over Troubled Waters"] "Sail on silver girl, sail on by; your time has come to shine, all dreams are on there way." Hold it. Hold it. Right, right. I don't like the harmony part when it, when it switches there. That just sounds - eh - yeah - when it switches it sounds like some guy that's just lost right here. Which, you know, is the way it is. But, we don't have to emphasize it.
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Alternate Versions

An alternate version, with about 40% of the footage replaced, without the fan interviews or convention, and with more concert and rehearsal footage, was produced in 2000. See more »

Connections

Featured in Aloha from Sweden (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Heartbreak Hotel
Written by Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden & Elvis Presley
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Acclaimed documentary of Elvis in Vegas.
4 April 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Denis Sanders garnered high honors for directing this somewhat candid view of Elvis Presley at work and play, preparing for his summer 1970 stint in Las Vegas. Elvis at this time was still in his return to splendor. Looking fit and a fine specimen of singing, sex machine. Not yet feeling the passion for the real gaudy, sparkling costumes. Relaxed, but nervous; Presley plays and clowns for the camera. A lot of hard work and rehearsing culminates into a high energy performance on stage. Captured on film is just a portion of what made Elvis one of the world's most admired and beloved entertainers.


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