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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.

Director:

Liza Johnson

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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President's Day See more »

Genres:

Comedy | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2016 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvis and Nixon See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$466,447, 24 April 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,031,598, 8 May 2016
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Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Elvis Presley is watching multiple televisions at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, director Liza Johnson wanted to reflect the cultural forces at work on Elvis such as the left youth culture and anti-war culture. See more »

Goofs

The scene in which Elvis is sitting at LAX shows Southwest Airlines 737 classics in the canyon blue livery. These aircrafts were not introduced until 1984, and that livery was not used until 2001. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

References The Partridge Family (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Hold On I'm Coming
Written by Isaac Hayes & David Porter (as Dave Porter)
Performed by Sam & Dave
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Quirky, Cute Movie
1 May 2016 | by patsworldSee all my reviews

I really hadn't heard much about this film, and certainly wasn't going in expecting an Elvis impersonator or someone looking exactly like President Nixon. Wasn't disappointed there in regard to Elvis. Michael Shannon didn't look much like Elvis, but he did have the soft voice, the southern charm thing going for him. He did a fine job with this role. And actually, Kevin Spacey did manage to look a great deal like Nixon. Sounded like him, too. Everyone in this movie did a good job, and worked the roles of those involved in this slightly absurd moment in history to justice. So, I guess what I was, was really pleasantly surprised by this picture. Totally enjoyed myself with lots of laughs and a few poignant moments. I dimly remember this episode with Elvis showing up at the White House wanting to become an FBI Agent Abroad. With a badge. And at the time I recall thinking that only Elvis could be that naïve and yet that brash at the same time. In all honesty, this picture managed to show all of that, and more. What a colorful moment in American history all wrapped up in this fine little film.


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