Elvis

Elvis

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Director: James Steven Sadwith

Cast: James Steven Sadwith, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Camryn Manheim, Randy Quaid

     
 
Seven years after playing the David Bowie-esque glam rocker in Velvet Goldmine, actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers tackles the role of the biggest rock-and-roller of all time -- The King -- in this television miniseries. CBS' Elvis traces Elvis Presley's rise from being a humble, poor kid in early-'50s Memphis to being an isolated, prescription-drug-addicted

Overview

Seven years after playing the David Bowie-esque glam rocker in Velvet Goldmine, actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers tackles the role of the biggest rock-and-roller of all time -- The King -- in this television miniseries. CBS' Elvis traces Elvis Presley's rise from being a humble, poor kid in early-'50s Memphis to being an isolated, prescription-drug-addicted superstar fearful of going on-stage for his 1968 comeback special. Along the way, he's torn between his devotion to his mama Gladys (Camryn Manheim) and the machinations of his stealthy manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker (Randy Quaid). Among Presley's hurdles: his R&B music and performance style prompts cries of obscenity from community leaders; he's drafted for the Army and decides to go; and he longs to become a serious movie star, although the Colonel has different ideas. Elvis was significant in that it was the first biopic of the star to allow the use of The King's original recordings, lip-synched by Rhys-Meyers.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
UPC:
0013131493290
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:53:00
Sales rank:
26,394

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Elvis Presley
Camryn Manheim Gladys Presley
Randy Quaid Colonel Tom Parker
Rose McGowan Ann-Margaret
Robert Patrick Vernon Presley
Antonia Bernath Priscilla Presley
Clay Steakley Bill Black
Mark Adam Scotty Moore
Jennifer Rae Westley Dixie Locke
Jack Noseworthy Steve Binder
Rob Treveiler Actor
John Boyd West Actor
Randy McDowell Actor
Eric William Pierson Actor
Jil Jane Clements Actor
Marion Zinser Actor
Dan Triandiflou Actor
Tom Humbarger Actor
Joseph B. Smith Actor
Bart Hansard Actor
Mike Cahill Actor
Douglas M. Griffin Actor
Tony Bentley Actor
Hunt Scarritt Actor
Carmen Amanda Mapes Actor
Laura Shay Griffin Actor
Dane Rhodes Actor
Danny Nelson Actor
Bryan Lee McGlothin Actor
Ritchie Montgomery Actor
Cassie Bildeau Actor
Eugenie Bondurant Actor
Julian Kulick Actor
Earl Maddox Actor
Stephen Rue Actor
Marcus Brown Actor
Ian Leson Actor
Ryan Rilette Actor
Nicholas Paoletti Actor
Stuart Greer Actor
Caroline McKinley Actor

Technical Credits
James Steven Sadwith Director
Beth Blanks Casting
Howard Braunstein Executive Producer
Steve Brookbank Casting
Judy Cairo Producer
David Chapman Production Designer
Steve Dorff Score Composer
Patrick Sheane Duncan Screenwriter
Robert Greenblatt Executive Producer
Michael Jaffe Executive Producer
David Janollari Executive Producer
Jon Joffin Cinematographer
Mary Jo Slater Casting
Katina Zinner Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Elvis: The Mini Series
1. Main Titles (Part II) [3:14]
2. Everybody's Gotta Have Style [3:18]
3. First Visit to Sun Studio [5:01]
4. Green as a Tomato Worm [3:10]
5. Second Chance [4:56]
6. Blue Moon at Kentucky [4:38]
7. Elvis Meets the Colonel [7:12]
8. The Pink Cadillac [3:17]
9. Life on the Road [6:50]
10. The Colonel Gets the Contract [4:31]
11. Heartbreak Hotel [3:31]
12. Hotel Hijinx [3:12]
13. Threat to Teen Morals [6:45]
14. Roadside Rumble [6:07]
15. Love Me Tender [3:37]
16. Graceland [3:25]
17. Betrayal [4:59]
18. Gold Lame' & Blue Suede [3:33]
19. G.I. Blues [3:13]
20. End Credits (Part II) [1:10]
21. Main Titles (Part II) [4:32]
22. Momma's Passing [4:10]
23. A Vision of Loveliness [5:01]
24. Meeting the Parents [4:43]
25. From Opry to Opera [4:52]
26. The Return of Priscilla [4:51]
27. Pills and Private Codes [5:49]
28. Ann-Margret [9:32]
29. Shopping Therapy [5:38]
30. On a Quest for Truth [5:48]
31. The Right Time Has Come [6:53]
32. The Comeback Special [10:00]
33. Changing Times [5:16]
34. Elvis vs. the Colonel [4:45]
35. If I Can Dream [3:47]
36. End Credits (Part II) [1:06]

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Elvis 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ELVIS is the DVD version of the much lauded television miniseries (it won both Golden Globe and Emmy awards for actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Camryn Manheim and Randy Quaid): the transfer of the extended three hour long series to a single DVD format is successful and demonstrates once again that made of television movies can often be superior to the Hollywood format. The film is not without its flaws: the script by Patrick Sheane Duncan is painfully pedestrian at times and the use of lip-syncing using a variety of Presley recordings isn't always convincing. But director James Steven Sadwith manages to overcome the obstacles and gives us a rather personalized view of the life of the King. The film covers Elvis Presley's life from his near poverty beginnings in Tupelo to his worldwide fame and fortune at his 'comeback' in 1968. The development of the committed guitar-playing singer from his first record through the development of his 'style' and the ultimate glory and insecurity that paired his magic time is well told. If the story seems to be repetitive and goes on too long, then it also is giving the audience time to see the man behind the shadow of fame. Oddly enough Jonathan Rhys Meyers (now so superb in another biographical series as Henry VIII in 'The Tudors') was imported for the leading role, and while some may question the use of outsourcing here, Rhys Meyers is so convincing in every way that the reasons for casting him are clear. Camryn Manheim offers fine work as Presley's all-important mother and Robert Patrick plays his supportive father. Randy Quaid gives a bravura performance as the oddly successful Colonel Parker. Some of the other roles - Rose McGowan's misfired portrayal of Ann-Margaret and Antonia Bernath's of Priscilla - are less successful, but their contributions are balanced by the fine work of Tom Guinee as the pivotally important Sam Phillips. In all this is a quality piece of work about one of America's icons whose presence is still palpable thirty years after Presley's untimely death at age 42. The awards given to this film are well earned and the DVD offers a fine (if long) evening of entertainment and nostalgia. Grady Harp