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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