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Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018)

TV-PG | | Documentary | 14 April 2018 (USA)
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Elvis Presley's evolution as a musician and a man.

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Thom Zimny

Writer:

Alan Light
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Credited cast:
Steve Allen ... Himself (archive footage)
Ann-Margret ... Herself (archive footage)
Chet Atkins ... Himself (archive footage)
Chris Bearde Chris Bearde ... Himself
Chuck Berry ... Himself (archive footage)
Steve Binder Steve Binder ... Himself
Bill Black Bill Black ... Himself (archive footage)
Hal Blaine ... Himself
Mae Boren Axton Mae Boren Axton ... Herself (archive footage)
David Briggs David Briggs ... Himself
Tony Brown Tony Brown ... Himself
Nik Cohn Nik Cohn ... Himself
James Cotton James Cotton ... Himself (archive footage)
Floyd Cramer Floyd Cramer ... Himself (archive footage)
Arthur Crudup Arthur Crudup ... Himself (archive footage)
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Elvis Presley's evolution as a musician and a man.

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Official Sites:

Official site [HBO]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvis Presley: buscador incansable See more »

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| (Two parts)

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16:9 HD
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Elvis Presley: The Searcher(2018) is a two part HBO Documentary See more »

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Bruce Springsteen: An artist like Elvis is, rather than pretending when he goes out on the stage, he's actually pretending when he's home to be normal. And when he goes out on stage at night, that's who he actually is."
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This is Elvis
15 June 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Director Thom Zimny has made music documentaries for Bruce Springsteen where he has access to interviews with the Boss and members of his band as well as those closest to him.

Here Zimny has been granted access to footage, photos and archived interviews from his estate. There are no talking heads but you have narration from Springsteen, Tom Petty, Jon Landau, Priscilla Presley, Emmylou Harris and childhood friend Jerry Schilling.

This is a sprawling two part documentary that clocks in at 4 hours. It is very long, telling a story that could had been done in half the time. The involvement of Priscilla also makes me thing it was sanitised in parts. There is no mention of Elvis's karate lessons and each other's infidelities.

The first part is more interesting, Elvis singing country, gospel, bluegrass that will eventually lead to rock n roll under the guidance of Sam Phillips of Sun Records.

Colonel Tom Parker is the villain of the piece, a malignant influence who ultimately enriched himself and held back Elvis who wanted to see the world but could not as the Colonel was an illegal immigrant.

The documentary comes alive when it plays interviews from Elvis, Sam Phillips and those who were there with him at the time. When Tom Petty talks about how Elvis was bored when he was in the army in Germany and how he took uppers to keep awake, you think 'how do you know?'


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