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Elvis on Tour (1972)

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Concert footage and offstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.
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Credited cast:
... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Baize ... Himself - The Stamps
Estell Brown ... Herself (as Estelle Brown)
... Himself
Ed Enoch ... Himself - The Stamps
Joe Esposito ... Himself
Lamar Fike ... Himself
Joe Guercio ... Himself
Glen D. Hardin ... Himself
Charlie Hodge ... Himself
Jackie Kahane ... Himself
Jerry Osborne ... Himself
Randall Peede ... Himself
Vernon Presley ... Himself
Christopher Riordan ... Himself (archive footage)
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Concert footage and offstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

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1 November 1972 (USA)  »

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$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$494,270, 5 November 1972, Limited Release
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Three weeks after Elvis' death, NBC aired a sixty-minute version of Elvis On Tour on September 7, 1977. See more »

Quotes

Elvis Presley: My Daddy had seen a lot of people play guitar and stuff who didn't work. So, he said, "You should make up your mind," he said, "about either being an electrician or playing a guitar." He said, "I never saw a guitar player that was worth a damn."
[laughs]
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Connections

Edited from Live a Little, Love a Little (1968) See more »

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You Gave Me A Mountain
Written by Marty Robbins
Performed by Elvis Presley
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ELVIS ON TOUR (Pierre Adidge and Robert Abel, 1972) **1/2
31 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

As indicated by the title, the film is a documentary – edited by Martin Scorsese! – showing highlights of Elvis Presley touring the USA (with much use of the then-trendy split-screen technique); interesting in itself, this also served as the iconic singer’s cinematic swan-song. Of course, his inflated appearance by this time – a far cry from his lean early years, seen intermittently throughout via stock footage – is rather sad to witness but, at least, he seemed to be in good spirits.

We’re shown Elvis performing in front of several different hysterical audiences – at one point, even admitting to still getting stage fright before going on – but also get to see him relax with his backing musicians (generally by singing gospel songs). The musical numbers include very few of his hits (“Love Me Tender” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, while others like “That’s All Right”, “Mystery Train” and “Suspicious Minds” are only heard via original recordings) but there are two outstanding cover versions by The King of then-vintage rock classics – Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”!

The great final line of the film – “Elvis has left the building” – spoken by the compere (and which I suppose was uttered during most of his shows from this era) clearly attests to Presley’s legendary status even when he was still alive; this is followed by an inspired last shot of Elvis in pensive but evidently happy mood. Incidentally, the film won the Golden Globe Award as the year’s Best Documentary Feature – but, then, didn’t even make the list of nominees at the Oscars!


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