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The King (2017)

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Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, a musical road trip across America in his 1963 Rolls Royce explores how a country boy lost his authenticity and became a king while his country lost her democracy and became an empire.

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Eugene Jarecki

Writers:

Eugene Jarecki, Christopher St. John (co-writer)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alec Baldwin ... Himself
Tony Brown Tony Brown ... Himself
James Carville ... Himself - US Political Analyst
Rosanne Cash ... Herself
Chuck D ... Himself
Maggie Clifford Maggie Clifford ... Herself
Lana Del Rey ... Herself
Emi Sunshine & The Rain Emi Sunshine & The Rain ... Themselves
EmiSunshine EmiSunshine ... Herself
Jane Fonda ... Herself (archive footage)
Radney Foster ... Himself
Patricia Gaines Patricia Gaines ... Herself
Mary Gauthier Mary Gauthier ... Herself
Emmylou Harris ... Herself
Ethan Hawke ... Himself
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Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, a musical road trip across America in his 1963 Rolls Royce explores how a country boy lost his authenticity and became a king while his country lost her democracy and became an empire.

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The Rise of a King, the Fall of an Empire.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2018 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$29,050, 24 June 2018

Gross USA:

$259,291

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$273,601
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Excellent filmmaking
22 July 2018 | by mbrindellSee all my reviews

This film makes an analogy between Elvis Presley's rise in America's consciousness and the rise of corporate domination throughout much (most?) Of the Western world.

The filmmaking is excellent; it is well shot and deftly edited. Some of the analogy wanders a bit and doesn't always hit the bullseye; the documentarian definitely has a bias. But then ALL documentaries are biased, because they are ALL produced by people, and ALL people have biases.

Most all of the people in the Rolls' backseat are fascinating, even the ones who don't speak. Baldwin comes off as least personable, but there's no denying his prescient insights.

A fine---no, excellent---look at America, where it's been, and where it's likely going.

Highly recommended for its intelligence and entertainment value (heck, it's got Elvis!).


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