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Heartbreak Hotel (1988)

When a teen tries to set up a band at his school, his mother who was a big fan of Elvis Presley gets in a wreck he and his band members decides to kidnap Elvis and have him hooked up with his mother.

Director:

Chris Columbus

Writer:

Chris Columbus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Keith ... Elvis Presley
Tuesday Weld ... Marie Wolfe
Charlie Schlatter ... Johnny Wolfe
Angela Goethals ... Pam Wolfe
Jacque Lynn Colton Jacque Lynn Colton ... Rosie Pantangellio
Chris Mulkey ... Steve Ayres
Karen Landry ... Irene
Tudor Sherrard Tudor Sherrard ... Paul Quinine
Paul J. Harkins Paul J. Harkins ... Brian Gasternick (as Paul Harkins)
Noel Derecki Noel Derecki ... Tony Vandelo
Dana Barron ... Beth Devereux
T. Graham Brown T. Graham Brown ... Jerry Schilling
Dennis Letts ... Alan Fortas
Stephen Lee Davis Stephen Lee Davis ... George Klein
Blue Deckert ... Jones
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Storyline

Johnny, a 17 year old boy, succeeds in kidnapping Elvis Presley and thus convinces him to meet her mother who is a fan of his and has to stand difficult times at that moment. Written by Volker Boehm

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1972. My family needed some help, my town needed a hero, and my band needed a break. So I borrowed Mom's pink Cadillac and I kidnapped Elvis Presley, and our lives were never the same again. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eläköön Elvis See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,509,417
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the hotel is "Flaming Star," which is also the name of Elvis Presley's 6th movie. See more »

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The jet in the movie ending is a Cessna Citation 500. Although commercially available since 1971, the airplane on the movie (registry N888GA - cn 500-0132) was built in 1973, one year after the movie events. See more »

Quotes

Elvis Presley: When I first met you, I didn't like you at all. I thought you were the most arrogant, selfish, ungrateful little bastard I'd ever met.
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Elvis Presley: Then I started to remember how much I was like that at your age.
Johnny Wolfe: Elvis, man. What happened at the talent show - thanks. I know you did that for me.
Elvis Presley: [Frowns] Hell no, kid. I didn't do that for you. I did that for rock and roll.
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Disclaimer at the end of the movie that "This was a work of fiction and not a depiction of events that occurred during Elvis Presley's lifetime. " See more »

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Heartbreaking to see a bad imitation of Elvis.
14 August 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Don't get me wrong. I do like most of Chris Columbus' other projects. I do like David Keith, but he gives one of the worse portrayals of Elvis I have ever seen. This time flattery is not complimentary. It bothers me to see Elvis portrayed with a chip on his shoulder and with such an angry attitude.

This was meant to be a fantasy/comedy, but I feel it sure misses the mark. Outlandish story of a teenage boy gathering a few of his buddies and kidnapping Elvis after a concert in Ohio. The King of Rock 'n' Roll is persuaded to 'hideout' at the home of the boy as a surprise for his depressed mother, an avid Elvis fan.

I thought this was a cute movie the first time I saw it. Upon viewing a couple of more times, I find it less attractive. For the pure Presley fans out there, this is like watching an outbreak of the plague. The ending tries to leave you with a peaceful and proud feeling, but the damage had already been done.

One time Elvis co-star in WILD IN THE COUNTRY , Tuesday Weld plays the bewildered fanatic. Charlie Schlatter plays the wise ass kidnapper.

If you are an Elvis fan and haven't already seen this; don't waste your time.


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