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The King (2005)

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A troubled man, recently discharged from the Navy, goes to Corpus Christi, Texas, in search of the father he's never met.

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James Marsh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gael García Bernal ... Elvis
Derek Alvarado Derek Alvarado ... Scoot
E. Matthew Buckley E. Matthew Buckley ... Deck Officer (as Matthew Buckley)
Monica Peña ... Brothel Manager (as Monica Pena)
Veronica Bernal Veronica Bernal ... Elvis's Girl
Billy Joe Martinez ... Mexican Salesman
Mohammad Ahmed ... Mr. Chopra
Pell James ... Malerie
Sally Allen Sally Allen ... PA
Paul Dano ... Paul Sandow
Laura Harring ... Twyla
William Hurt ... David
Roger Kunshick Roger Kunshick ... Young Man with Flower
Ike Reilly Ike Reilly ... Rum Jungle Singer
Milo Addica ... Bruno
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Storyline

A motiveless malignancy? Elvis leaves the Navy and heads for Texas where he contacts his father, whom he's never met, the pastor at a Christian community church. Pastor Dave tells Elvis to stay away and, without telling his family that Elvis is his son from a pre-conversion liaison, tells them to have nothing to do with him. But Elvis has already connected with Malerie, the pastor's 16-year old daughter. Elvis embarks on the seduction of Malerie, while Dave examines his conscience and comes to a new conclusion. Can anyone get right with the Lord? Does the Lord hear? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The devil made me do it.

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality involving a teen, some violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A király See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,927, 21 May 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$281,326, 20 August 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Marsh did not know the real age of the actress Pell James, who was playing 17-year-old Malerie Sandow, was until the end of the shoot, when she gave him a Thank You card revealing her true age. Marsh said that it was better that he didn't know as it would have proved a distraction. See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in Corpus Christi, Texas, but the pool that Elvis and Malerie visit is Barton Springs Pool, located in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. See more »

Soundtracks

Put a Little Love in It
Written by Ike Reilly
Silent Six Publishing
Performed by Ike Reilly
Produced by Mickey Petralia
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Please go see it!!!
15 March 2006 | by ben_burroughsSee all my reviews

Thank you Director and Producer (specifically you guys because I saw your Q&A after the movie in Austin)! Thank you for not saturating this with the standard dark moody music to match every scene's tempo! The music in this movie kept me tense and glued to the screen because it gave nothing away about what was coming next. Perfect! Thank you for keeping us wondering what drives Elvis and not making him behave like so many before him that do similar things. Because we couldn't be sure what he was capable of next, we felt a certain tension with every new scene. Thank you for not having a hidden 'twist'! Seriously. Thank you for the cinematography! I could describe why every shot was great, but a 360 circuit from the house through the garden and back through the house was my favorite! We were literally craning our necks with every twist and turn.

I loved everything about this movie. If you are a film student, take every preconceived idea about interpretation out of your head and just feel how your eyes are wide open at every next scene. Feel the tension. Just appreciate how they put something together and don't try think they came up with a message to get across and wrote a movie around it.


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