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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.

Director:

Eugene Jarecki

Writers:

Eugene Jarecki, Christopher St. John (co-writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Self (archive footage)
Eugene Jarecki ... Self
James Carville ... Self - US Political Analyst
Mike Tyson ... Self (archive footage)
EmiSunshine EmiSunshine ... Self (as Emi Sunshine & The Rain)
Terri Davidson Terri Davidson ... Self
Dale Rushing Dale Rushing ... Self, Elvis Impersonator
Greil Marcus Greil Marcus ... Self
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Self (archive footage)
Steve Fraser Steve Fraser ... Self, historian
Peter Guralnick Peter Guralnick ... Self, author of 'Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley' and 'Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley'
Leo Bud Welch Leo Bud Welch ... Self (as Leo "Bud" Welch)
Vince Varnado Vince Varnado ... Self
Chuck D ... Self
A.C. Wharton A.C. Wharton ... Self, mayor of the City of Memphis
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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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Documentary

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The car featured in the documentary is a 1963 Rolls Royce Phantom V touring limousine with coachwork by James Young and was owned by Elvis. It was bought by the film makers at Bonhams auction in 2014 for $396000. It was resold after filming and now resides at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. See more »

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Features King Kong (1933) See more »

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Good idea, unfortunately not working so well
2 August 2019 | by VinceGambiniSee all my reviews

The King is essentially three or four really good documentaries edited into one and that's where the trouble starts. Elvis' life and career are fascinating to watch. And the lies on which the American dream is built - stolen land, slavery, apartheid, the corrupted political system - deserve every effort to refocus public awareness. The roadtrip in Elvis' old Rolls Royce is a nice idea. Just that trying to link his rise and fall to all that happens in America over the past 70 years seems forced and doesn't give each story the necessary time and attention. Viewing The King I felt like watching an interesting docu on TV while someone else got hold of the remote and constantly switches to another channel. 8 Stars for the original idea, 2 Stars for execution.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Parchman, Mississippi, 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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