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Elvis & Nixon (2016)

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The untold true story behind the meeting between Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n Roll, and President Richard Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.


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Joey Sagal (screenplay), Hanala Sagal (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Elvis
Kevin Spacey ... Nixon
Alex Pettyfer ... Jerry
Johnny Knoxville ... Sonny
Colin Hanks ... Krogh
Evan Peters ... Chapin
Sky Ferreira ... Charlotte
Tracy Letts ... John Finlator
Tate Donovan ... Haldeman
Ashley Benson ... Margaret (Ticket Agent)
Kamal Angelo Bolden ... Mack
Ahna O'Reilly ... Mary Anne Peterson
Ian Hoch ... Donald
Ritchie Montgomery ... Grady (Airport Security)
Nathalie Love ... Stewardess #1


On a December morning in 1970, the King of Rock 'n Roll showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Nixon. Starring Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley and two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon, comes the untold true story behind this revealing, yet humorous moment in the Oval Office forever immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives. Written by Bleecker Street

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The true story you won't quite believe . . . See more »


Comedy | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 April 2016 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvis and Nixon See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$466,447, 24 April 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,031,598, 8 May 2016
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Technical Specs



Color | Black and White (archive footage)| Color (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Jerry Schilling, he, Cary Elwes, Bud Krogh, Alex Pettyfer, and Johnny Knoxville went to a bar after filming. Bud did scenes for Cary, and Johnny lit Alex's foot on fire with tequila. See more »


Hotel they were staying in city and close to White House. Scenery shown and speed of car is not consistent with commute between the two places. Would have stoplights. See more »


Elvis: That's how I learned to develop these knuckles of steel. Now, slap them. Come on, harder! Harder! Let it out! Let it out! Those are the steel claws of a tiger, Mr. President.
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Version of Elvis Meets Nixon (1997) See more »


Hard To Handle
Written by Otis Redding, Allen Alvoid Jones Jr., Al Bell (as Alvertis Isbell)
Performed by Otis Redding
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Spacey steals it.
15 April 2017 | by g-hbeSee all my reviews

This film almost passed me by until I stumbled across it on Amazon Prime. From the 'in period' opening credits to the bad wigs to the bro's in the coffee shop the cheese is strong and thick, but it's a very enjoyable film whichever way you approach it. Michael Shannon (who was completely new to me) neither looks nor sounds like Elvis but somehow fills the role very well, exposing a rather sad, isolated individual who just wants to be noticed for something other than being 'The King'. But the film is stolen IMO by Kevin Spacey, who captures ol' Tricky Dicky perfectly - the growling voice, the stoop, the hand gestures. Not only that, but he injects a wry wit to his part which goes a long way toward lifting this movie out of a dullness which threatened to engulf it at several points. I could easily watch it again.

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