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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Himself
... Himself - Musician
Glen D. Hardin ... Himself - Musician (as Glen Hardin)
Charlie Hodge ... Himself - Musician (as Charley Hodge)
Jerry Scheff ... Himself - Musician
Ronnie Tutt ... Himself - Musician
John Wilkinson ... Himself - Musician
Millie Kirkham ... Herself - Background Vocalist
Estell Brown ... Herself - Background Vocalist (as The Sweet Inspirations)
Sylvia Shemmell ... Herself - Background Vocalist (as The Sweet Inspirations)
Ann Williams ... Herself - Background Vocalist (as The Sweet Inspirations)
Roger Wiles ... Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
Jim Murray ... Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
Joe Moscheo ... Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
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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Documentary | Music

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Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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11 November 1970 (USA)  »

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The following celebrities were greeted as they walked into the International Hotel in the film: Juliet Prowse, Charo, Xavier Cugat, Rona Barrett, Norm Crosby, & Dale Robertson. Seen at the showroom tables were Sammy Davis, Jr. & Cary Grant. See more »

Quotes

Elvis Presley: [Improvised singing during rehearsal of "Love Me"] Darling I'll be, oh, so horny; begging on my knees, all I ask is please, please love me; oh, yeah...
[falls off his chair in laughter]
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Connections

Referenced in Blade Runner 2049 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Polk Salad Annie
Written by Tony Joe White
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Re-vamped 2001 edition is good...
3 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

They cleaned up the print and soundtrack, got ridda interviews with the Velvet Elvis fan-clubs(the types who claim their Cats listen to the King), the array of Sammy Davis Jr. types in attendence, and put in more lost footage of Elvis jamming/rehearsing in LA with the band. There is a version of 'Get Back' that has to be heard-it medleys into 'Little Sister' and works great.

As for the Hotel Casino concert that follows-it's great, of course. He trots out the expected hits-'Heartbreak Hotel', 'Can't Help Falling in Love', 'Suspicious Minds', etc. the last a highlight along with 'In the Ghetto' and 'Polk Salad Annie'.

He is great form, both vocally, in front of the audience and with the band. Enjoyable also is the interplay between Elvis and Hardin, Scheff and Burton, a primo guitarist if there ever was one. You can also see Cissy Houston(Whitney's mom) as one of the Sweet Inspirations backing him up.

Too often Elvis the musician, singer and regular guy-as reg as he could ever be-gets shoved aside by the nightmarish late period stereotype we all know and dread. This goes a good deal towards correcting that.

*** outta ****-good show.


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