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Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.

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John Carpenter
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Elvis Presley
Shelley Winters ... Gladys Presley
Bing Russell ... Vernon Presley
Robert Gray Robert Gray ... Red West
Season Hubley ... Priscilla Presley
Pat Hingle ... Colonel Tom Parker
Melody Anderson ... Bonnie
Ed Begley Jr. ... D J Fontana
James Canning ... Scotty Moore
Charles Cyphers ... Sam Phillips
Peter Hobbs ... Jim Denny
Les Lannom ... Sonny West
Elliott Street ... Bill Black
Randy Gray Randy Gray ... Elvis as a boy
Will Jordan ... Ed Sullivan
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Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.

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Taglines:

The King Lives On!

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

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Trivia

All the songs were performed by Ronnie McDowell. See more »

Goofs

When Elvis and his band audition at the Grand Ole Opry the electric guitar is not plugged into any amplifier. See more »

Alternate Versions

European theatrical cut ran for 120 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) See more »

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Sort of a disappointing biopic
14 July 2012 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I had wanted to see this movie for a long time, but because it was made for American television - and modern cable stations are reluctant to air old made for television movies - I had to wait until it was released on DVD. After finally seeing the movie, I have kind of mixed emotions about it. There are some genuinely good things about it. Kurt Russell gives a very good performance as Elvis - he really disappears in the role. Other performers, like Shelley Winters, give good performances as well. The music (sung by Ronnie McDowell) also captures the real Elvis' musical talents. However, I had some issues with the screenplay. Even though the movie is almost 170 minutes long, it doesn't capture a lot of important details of Elvis' life. For example, Elvis' courtship and marriage to Priscilla isn't examined in great detail, and Elvis' relationship with manager Tom Parker doesn't get a great look (and Parker disappears for good a long time before the movie ends, despite the fact he influenced Elvis' career right to the end!) I guess I should be grateful that the movie ends at Elvis' comeback concert - had the movie tried to squeeze events of Elvis from the next ten or so years, the movie would have been worse. Not a bad movie, but you can see that Elvis would have been better served by a miniseries instead of a two part movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvis the Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Budget:

$2,100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dick Clark Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1988 video release) | (theatrical) | (BluRay)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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