Elvis Presley and a black "JFK" stay in a nursing home where nothing happens - until a wayward Egyptian mummy comes and sucks out the old people's souls thru their a-holes. The two decide to fight back.

Director:

Don Coscarelli

Writers:

Joe R. Lansdale (short story), Don Coscarelli (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Elvis Presley / Sebastian Haff
Ossie Davis ... Jack
Ella Joyce ... The Nurse
Heidi Marnhout ... Callie
Bob Ivy ... Bubba Ho-tep
Edith Jefferson Edith Jefferson ... Elderly Woman
Larry Pennell ... Kemosabe
Reggie Bannister ... Rest Home Administrator
Daniel Roebuck ... Hearse Driver
Daniel Schweiger ... Hearse Driver
Harrison Young ... Elvis' Roommate
Linda Flammer Linda Flammer ... Room Nurse
Cean Okada ... Attending Nurse
Solange Morand Solange Morand ... Iron Lung Lady
Karen Placencia Karen Placencia ... Baby
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Storyline

Based on the Bram Stoker Award nominee short story by cult author Joe R. Lansdale, Bubba Ho-tep tells the "true" story of what really did become of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis (Bruce Campbell) as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his "death", then missed his chance to switch back. Elvis teams up with Jack (Ossie Davis), a fellow nursing home resident who thinks that he is actually President John F. Kennedy, and the two valiant old codgers sally forth to battle an evil Egyptian entity who has chosen their long-term care facility as his happy hunting grounds. Written by Eric Shovanda

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You don't fuck with the king. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violent images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although Elvis is the main character, not one piece of Elvis Presley music is heard in the film. Director Don Coscarelli explained that it would have cost about half the budget to license even one Elvis song for the movie. See more »

Goofs

In the bathroom the boom mic is visible in the mirror behind Jack. It is most noticeable when he turns his head and the boom moves to follow. See more »

Quotes

Elvis: What do I really have left in life but this place? It ain't much of a home, but it's all I got. Well, goddamnit. I'll be damned if I let some foreign, graffiti writin', soul suckin', son of a bitch in an oversized cowboy hat and boots take my friend's souls and shit 'em down the visitors toilet!
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Crazy Credits

Names on major credits are matched with hieroglyphics. The glyphs are real, but director Don Coscarelli admits on the DVD commentary track that none of them actually translate into their corresponding names--he simply put them together based on how they look. See more »

Connections

Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: Bimbos in Time #1 (2009) See more »

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brilliant pop culture weirdness
16 August 2004 | by awalter1See all my reviews

"Bubba Ho-tep" is a low budget movie that went for the B-movie feel on purpose, accomplishing its goal of being a "fine" piece of pop culture weirdness. The story is set in a current-day East Texas rest home and focuses on two residents who believe they are Elvis and JFK--the JFK character just happens to be black, and the rest home also houses a few other crazies, including the Lone Ranger. Elvis and JFK soon learn that an Egyptian mummy--who was stolen from his traveling museum exhibition--has come to life in their neighborhood and is killing the rest home residents by sucking their life force out their backsides (you can harvest a soul through "any major orifice," you know). Eventually, our decrepit heroes realize that only they can meet the mummy in a showdown.

The film is really a clever piece of pop culture mythology, working up hilarious back stories for JFK (Ossie Davis who is recognizable from, at the very least, several Spike Lee films) and Elvis (Bruce Campbell of the "Evil Dead" movies). Campbell's performance is particularly excellent, Don Coscarelli's as director did a perfect job finding the right mood and balance of humor for the film, and the leisurely plot--from Joe Lansdale's original novella--is totally engaging and a cinephile's dream.


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Country:

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Language:

English | German

Release Date:

10 October 2003 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,636, 21 September 2003

Gross USA:

$1,239,183

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,239,183
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (newsreel footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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