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A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley, from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.
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Series cast summary:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ...  Elvis Presley 2 episodes, 2005
Rose McGowan ...  Ann-Margret 2 episodes, 2005
Randy Quaid ...  'Colonel' Tom Parker 2 episodes, 2005
Tim Guinee ...  Sam Phillips 2 episodes, 2005
Antonia Bernath ...  Priscilla Presley 2 episodes, 2005
Jack Noseworthy ...  Steve Binder 2 episodes, 2005
Robert Patrick ...  Vernon Presley 2 episodes, 2005
Camryn Manheim ...  Gladys Presley 2 episodes, 2005
Clay Steakley ...  Bill Black 2 episodes, 2005
Mark Adam ...  Scotty Moore 2 episodes, 2005
Robert C. Treveiler ...  Larry Geller 2 episodes, 2005
Jennifer Rae Westley Jennifer Rae Westley ...  Dixie Locke 2 episodes, 2005
John Boyd West ...  Red West 2 episodes, 2005
Randy McDowell ...  Gene Smith 2 episodes, 2005
Eric William Pierson Eric William Pierson ...  D.J. Fontana 2 episodes, 2005
Jill Jane Clements ...  Marion Keisker 2 episodes, 2005
Marion Zinser Marion Zinser ...  Grandma Minnie 2 episodes, 2005
Dan Triandiflou ...  George Klein 2 episodes, 2005
Tom Humbarger ...  Junior Smith 2 episodes, 2005
Joseph B. Smith ...  Lamar Fike 2 episodes, 2005
Bart Hansard ...  Steve Sholes 2 episodes, 2005
Michael P. Cahill Michael P. Cahill ...  Barry Shultz 2 episodes, 2005
Douglas M. Griffin ...  Chet Atkins 2 episodes, 2005
Tony Bentley ...  Hal Wallis 2 episodes, 2005
Hunt Scarritt Hunt Scarritt ...  Eddie Bond 2 episodes, 2005
Carmen Amanda Mapes Carmen Amanda Mapes ...  Gas Station Girl #1 2 episodes, 2005
Laura-Shay Griffin Laura-Shay Griffin ...  Gas Station Girl #2 2 episodes, 2005
Dane Rhodes ...  Edd Hopper 2 episodes, 2005
Danny Nelson Danny Nelson ...  Judge Marion Gooding 2 episodes, 2005
Bryan Lee McGlothin ...  Judge Sam Friedman 2 episodes, 2005
Ritchie Montgomery ...  Horace Logan 2 episodes, 2005
Cassie Billedeau Cassie Billedeau ...  Cutest Girl 2 episodes, 2005
Eugenie Bondurant ...  Mrs. Hughes 2 episodes, 2005
Julian Kulick Julian Kulick ...  Overton Announcer 2 episodes, 2005
Earl Maddox Earl Maddox ...  Preacher 2 episodes, 2005
Stephen Rue ...  Southern Politician 2 episodes, 2005
Ben Shelton ...  Tough Kid #1 2 episodes, 2005
Travis Resor Travis Resor ...  Tough Kid #2 2 episodes, 2005
Lisette Vitter Lisette Vitter ...  Teen Fan #1 2 episodes, 2005
Ashley Woody Ashley Woody ...  Teen Fan #2 2 episodes, 2005
Marcus Lyle Brown ...  Wynonie Harris 2 episodes, 2005
Azure Parsons ...  Actress 2 episodes, 2005
John McConnell ...  Disc Jockey 2 episodes, 2005
Ian Leson Ian Leson ...  Pvt. Joe Esposito 2 episodes, 2005
Ryan Rilette Ryan Rilette ...  Charlie Hodges 2 episodes, 2005
Nicholas Paoletti Nicholas Paoletti ...  Airman Currie Grant 2 episodes, 2005
Stuart Greer ...  Captain Beaulieu 2 episodes, 2005
Caroline McKinley Caroline McKinley ...  Mrs. Beaulieu 2 episodes, 2005
Bill Martin Williams ...  Newsreel Reporter 2 episodes, 2005
Manny Chevrolet Manny Chevrolet ...  News Man #1 2 episodes, 2005
James Steven Sadwith James Steven Sadwith ...  News Man #2 2 episodes, 2005
Leon Contavesprie ...  Assistant Director 2 episodes, 2005
Ben Lokey ...  Choreographer 2 episodes, 2005
Peter Gabb Peter Gabb ...  Motorcycle Director 2 episodes, 2005
Anne Ewen ...  Pretty thing 2 episodes, 2005
Jeffrey Dodson Jeffrey Dodson ...  Reporter (barber shop) 2 episodes, 2005
Lane Fournerat Lane Fournerat ...  Elvis Fan 2 episodes, 2005
Bria Hobgood Bria Hobgood ...  Party Girl 2 episodes, 2005
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A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley, from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.

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Did You Know?


More than 300 Elvis fans auditioned for the role of Elvis Presley. They were all turned away and Rhys Myers was hired, even though he wasn't one of the 300 lining up to audition. See more »


In the scene where Elvis is at the airport in Germany preparing to return to the United States, the Military Policemen guarding the area are wearing obsolete brown uniforms of World War II and Korean War vintage. They should have been dressed in the later Army green type like Elvis was wearing. See more »


'Colonel' Tom Parker: Let's face it, son. The records aren't doing what they used to and the movie aren't doing much better.
Elvis Presley: That's probably because of all this material you keep shovin' down my throat, Colonel. Hell, you can't polish a turd.
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References Blue Hawaii (1961) See more »


Don't Be Cruel
Written by Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley
Performed by Elvis Presley
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One of the best biographies ever. Ellvis lives on!
11 May 2005 | by jwpeel-1See all my reviews

I have seen every movie made about Elvis with the exception of a regional drive-in movie that was fictitious called "The Legend" I believe, and not since Kurt Russell's phenomenal impersonation in the 1970s TV Movie have I seen such an amazing job of acting as done by this young kid from Ireland. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers was so stunningly accurate even though the combed back hair made his forehead look a little too prominent. Still, I did not work against his extremely effective portrayal of the King of Rock and Roll. Okay, I know I'm being picky here, but having been a portrait artist for 48 years, it's hard not to notice such physical details.

What made this film all the more watchable were the acting of Camryn Manheim as Mama Presley and Randy Quaid as The Colonel. In both cases, the actors added so many shades to their characters and, despite the stories we Elvis die-hard fans know inside out, the script was put together in a way that made it all unfold as though we were there. And after not quite lookalike actors like Don Johnson with a voice that sounded more like one of David Seville's Chipmunks than Elvis, and Dale Midkiff who lacked the charisma with his slight resemblance to the man in the miniseries "Elvis And Me") this time, we had a guy we could believe was the real thing. And then there was the guy from the TV show who also played Elvis Michael St. Gerard who had such an uncanny resemblance to Elvis though with nothing close to the voice (except for the time he briefly played Elvis in "Great Balls Of Fire" and for one scene tells Dennis Quaid's Jerry Lee Lewis "Take it! Take it awwlll!") he was okay in the acting department but only okay. This guy Jonathon Rhys-Meyers has some serious acting chops. I loved his work in this one and will keep an eye out for him in the future. (And isn't it ironic how both Quaids have gotten to be connected somehow to the Elvis legend?)

So to all the Elvis haters and those who tore this film down, you don't have a clue. This was a great movie and for TV was a bloody masterpiece.

I can't wait until this sucker is on DVD or video and I can buy a copy for my personal collection. Thank you CBS for this great present.

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