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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 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Dead at 42, Elvis iconically changed the face of Rock and Roll.
6 December 2018 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

I managed to find this documentary on DVD at my public library. I remember Elvis, he was only 10 years older than me. I remember when he died but really didn't have a concept of how young 42 is. Now that my own youngest son is 42 it hits me.

The documentary is good if you view it as a collection of different people expounding on what they thought his influence was rather than take everything as gospel, pun intended. Some of the black commenters are especially brutal, "hating" Elvis for what they perceive is unfair appropriation of black music, and more so for failing to use his influence to help the causes for eliminating racial bias.

Perhaps it is ultimately fortunate that Elvis died so young, he was a blazing comet that came, did his thing, then left. Imagine an 83-yr-old Elvis performing at Branson, a shade of his former self. No, that would just tarnish our memory of him.

A very interesting look at Elvis and his life, and a modern look at places he grew up and lived in. And of course his 1963 Rolls Royce, touring the country and breaking down now and then.


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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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