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This Is Elvis (1981)

The life and career of Elvis Presley are chronicled in home movies, concert footage, and dramatizations. Subjects include early performances, army service, Ed Sullivan Show appearance, marriage, 1968 comeback, health decline and death.

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Malcolm Leo, Andrew Solt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Scott David Scott ... Elvis - Age 18
Paul Boensch III ... Elvis - Age 10
Johnny Harra Johnny Harra ... Elvis - Age 42
Lawrence Koller Lawrence Koller ... Vernon Presley
Rhonda Lyn Rhonda Lyn ... Priscilla Presley
Debbie Edge Debbie Edge ... Gladys Presley
Larry Raspberry Larry Raspberry ... Dewey Phillips
Furry Lewis Furry Lewis ... Bluesman
Liz Robinson Liz Robinson ... Minnie Mae Presley
Dana MacKay Dana MacKay ... Elvis - Age 35
Knox Phillips Knox Phillips ... Sam Phillips
Cheryl Needham Cheryl Needham ... Linda Thompson
Andrea Cyrill Andrea Cyrill ... Ginger Alden
Jerry Phillips Jerry Phillips ... Bill Black
Emory Smith Emory Smith ... Scotty Moore
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Storyline

Though several actors portray Elvis Presley at different stages of his life, this documentary is comprised mostly of actual performance footage and interviews with Elvis, his fans and those close to him. His arrival on the national scene, in 1956, is highlighted by clips from "Stage Show", "The Milton Berle Show" and "The Ed Sullivan Show". Scenes from several of his 33 films are highlighted including his screen debut in "Love Me Tender" (1956) and the critically acclaimed "King "Creole"(1958), his last film prior to a 2 year hitch in the military. From 1960-68 he kept busy by making films and soundtrack albums, as well as some Gospel albums. After an absence of almost 9 years from live performing, Elvis returned in 1968 to do a TV Special titled "Elvis" and in 1969 performed in Las Vegas for the first time since 1956. His Vegas appearances, along with his nationwide concert tours, continued for the remainder of his career. A clip from his 1973 TV Special, "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii", ... Written by efffee@aol.com

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Taglines:

This is the sound he created and performed. The rare personal films never before seen by the public. The private moments. The public triumphs. Intimate memories and reflections in his own words. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Life of Elvis Presley See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$429,146, 12 April 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,028,612
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At age 14 David Scott won an Elvis Presley contest in Montreal, singing Teddy Bear. He did his own singing in This is Elvis on Mystery Train and Thats All Right Mama See more »

Goofs

When Elvis pulls up to the house in the beginning his girlfriend gets out of the car wearing a maroon pantsuit; when he opens the door and they enter the house she is wearing blue shorts and a blue workout suit jacket - this will be due to scenes that were not used in the film as in this scene it also shows Elvis going in the front door then the next scene it shows him coming through Graceland from the back entrance, passing the front door from the inside before heading upstairs. This can be explained by taking note of Elvis' last hours. He came home, played racket ball in the racket ball building before entering Graceland from the rear entrance and then retreating to his room. This will explain the different clothes that the Ginger Alden character wears. See more »

Quotes

Pauline Nicholson: [Elvis and Ginger prepare to go upstairs to his bedroom, passing the kitchen doorway, where Pauline is seated at the table] Mr. P, can I get you some sandwiches?
Elvis at 42: [waves] That'd be fine, Pauline.
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Crazy Credits

Certain sequences in this film were recreated. See more »

Alternate Versions

Home video and some cable TV versions run 143 minutes and contain additional material not in theatrical release, such as censored footage from Elvis' 1968 comeback special, and an additional number from his final concert. It does, however, delete "Are You Lonesome Tonight". See more »

Connections

Features Harum Scarum (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Always On My Mind
By Wayne Carson Thompson (as Wayne C. Thompson), Francis Zambon (as Mark James) & Johnny Christopher
Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc.-Rose Bridge Music, Inc.
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Great new DVD set
6 September 2007 | by CATMAN-6See all my reviews

I recently purchased the new DVD of this film from Amazon, and it's great.

I'm so glad they included both the theatrical version and the extended version. I'd never seen the latter, and It's by far the better of the two. It includes more footage of the upstairs. You get to see Elvis' bedroom and even get a look at the bathroom, though from a distance. But the best part of all is the footage from the June, '77 tour. It's about ten minutes and has "Love Me", which isn't in the theatrical version. The video quality is perfect, much better than the original release. Seeing it makes me long for the day when EPE will release all the footage shot by CBS during the tour.


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