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Elvis Has Left the Building (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 27 August 2004 (UK)
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A fugitive Pink Lady rep hooks up with a bored ad exec as she's trying to avoid going down for the murder of several Elvis impersonators.

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Joel Zwick
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Basinger ... Harmony Jones
John Corbett ... Miles Taylor
Annie Potts ... Shirl
Sean Astin ... Aaron
Mike Starr ... Sal
Phill Lewis ... Charlie
Denise Richards ... Belinda
Philip Charles MacKenzie ... Darren Swirl
Richard Kind ... Burning Elvis
David Leisure ... Hole-in-the-Head Elvis
Tom Hanks ... Mailbox Elvis
Joel Zwick ... Squashed Elvis
Angie Dickinson ... Bobette
Pat Morita ... Man in Turban
Gil McKinney ... Young Elvis
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Harmony, a cosmetic saleslady who was born at an Elvis concert, finds her life linked to the legend. One day while driving, she accidentally kills some Elvis impersonators and flees the scene. She goes on the run from the FBI and joins up with a depressed executive. Written by Ramble000

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John Corbett made sure Heineken had paid for product placement before he would drink one on camera. The producers insisted they had been paid and then Corbett insisted he should get paid also. The producers agreed and Corbett drank joyfully from the apple juice-filled familiar green bottle. See more »

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When she ran out the door from Gluffman, she has no bags. Next scene outside the door, she has her bags again See more »

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Shirl: Boys! Stop it! Mama's got a cocktail. Go play at the bottom of the pool!
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Ain't Got You
Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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Elvis would have wept
17 November 2007 | by strafenkinder-1See all my reviews

Elvis Would Have Wept By Doy Ariola

This quirky romantic comedy is yet another indication of how Hollywood is desperately running dry on original material. Shamelessly using a popular music icon as a come on, "Elvis Has Left The Building" is a movie that you will curse for having wasted an hour and a half of your life.

Harmony Jones is a beautiful middle aged blonde struggling with a crisis. Not only is she fretting over her boring life as the spokesperson for Pink Lady cosmetics, but Elvis impersonators around her end up dead. As she tries to finish her sales pitch tour while simultaneously making heads or tails of the alarming mortality she unwittingly causes, the FBI and a smitten ad exec (John Corbett) are on hot pursuit. But after having been touched by the King as a child, she prays to him -- like a deity – for guidance and asks for help. Answers are not easily forthcoming, however, but in the end, what proves to be a bane has become her salvation. Like God, Elvis also moves in mysterious ways.

I applaud screenwriters Mitchell Ganem and Adam-Mitchell Garber for creating a script that is hackneyed, half-hearted and sorely unfunny. How this script got the greenlight is totally beyond me. Director Zwick may have been dazzled by the premise, but he did not even attempt to overcome the overwhelming blandness of the script to turn it around. If they had pushed the envelope even more, this movie wouldn't have been such a cliché-driven droll. Maybe that's why Zwick managed to lure Tom Hanks, Richard Kind, Pat Morita and a slew of talented comedians in this movie -- for padding. I even think Zwick and this movie aren't well-matched. Maybe Joe Dante's too busy.

To be fair, Kim Basinger made a superb (and rare) performance as the befuddled and panicky lead. Her luminous presence here reminded me of her past forays into more successful comedies like "My Stepmother is an Alien" and "Nadine". I almost mistook Corbett as Jeff Bridges in this movie. She manages to get over the horrendous dialogue and make us feel for her, for a few moments.

Horrible as "Elvis Has Left The Building" may be, the movie turns an unlikely evil eye to America's commercialization and cheapening of the Elvis heritage. The movie lifts its nose on Americans who had turned Elvis' memory into a travesty of kitsch! Even though I really dug that subtext, the movie doesn't really fully realize its potential and opts for that run-of-the-mill plotting reserved for Jennifer Love Hewitt and Hilary Duff vehicles.

Don't you dare watch this movie! But should it become available, buy the soundtrack instead. The movie has a sublime collection of Elvis songs performed with such panache by the likes of Norah Jones and Babyface. Kim Basinger even got to sing a nice rendition of "You Were Always On My Mind". You'll feel so much better after.


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27 August 2004 (UK) See more »

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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$11,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,547
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