Elvis

Elvis

Director: John Carpenter

Cast: John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Bing Russell

     
 

The first volley in the never-ending "Presley movie" blitzkrieg, the made-for-TV Elvis: The Movie stars Kurt Russell as the King, Season Hubley as Priscilla, Pat Hingle as Col. Parker, Shelley Winters as Elvis' mom, and Bing Russell (Kurt's real-life father) as Elvis' dad. The film recounts Presley's life from age ten to his 1969See more details below

Overview

The first volley in the never-ending "Presley movie" blitzkrieg, the made-for-TV Elvis: The Movie stars Kurt Russell as the King, Season Hubley as Priscilla, Pat Hingle as Col. Parker, Shelley Winters as Elvis' mom, and Bing Russell (Kurt's real-life father) as Elvis' dad. The film recounts Presley's life from age ten to his 1969 Vegas comeback. Presley imitator Ronnie McDowell expertly dubs in Kurt Russell's renditions of "Love Me Tender," "Heartbreak Hotel," et al. When first telecast on February 11, 1979, the ratings for Elvis: The Movie went through the roof, even beating out a competing telecast of Gone With the Wind.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
There's something about Elvis Presley that seems to polarize people, especially today, when, more than two decades after his death, his absence in the present tense has caused common perception of him to evolve into a strange variety of clichés, with Elvis usually portrayed either as redneck saint or white-trash clown. However, John Carpenter's TV movie Elvis manages the increasingly rare feat of taking Elvis seriously as a human being, without dwelling excessively on his faults or trying to portray him as the world's most wonderful human being. While Anthony Lawrence's script fudges a few facts here and there (Elvis was not at his mother's bedside when she died) and misses a few details (where's the 1968 comeback special?), for the most part he recounts a familiar story with a surprising degree of enthusiasm and respect without becoming fawning, and Carpenter gets it on film with both efficiency and an admirable feel for time and place. Kurt Russell is a real surprise as Elvis; he not only gets Presley's trademark drawl and one-of-a-kind moves down with startling accuracy, he also manages to give a real sense of the tug of war between modesty and arrogance that truly defined the King's personality; it may well be the strongest and most affecting work of Russell's career. And while Shelley Winters lays it on a bit thick as his mother, Gladys, the performance can hardly be called historically inaccurate, and Season Hubley displays great chemistry with Russell as Priscilla Presley (apparently the chemistry wasn't mere professionalism, either, since they got married shortly after making the film). Elvis may not be a great movie -- its pace is a bit erratic and occasionally betrays its relatively low budget -- but it is a very good one, and one of the few films about one of the key cultural figures of the 20th century (love him or hate him, you have to give Elvis that much due) that shows a real understanding about what made him special, and that alone makes it well worth watching.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2010
UPC:
0826663117431
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:50:00
Sales rank:
11,176

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; "Bringing A Legend To Life" Featurette with Archival Interviews of Kurt Russell and John Carpenter (1979); Commentary by "The Voice Of Elvis" Ronnie McDowell and Author Edie Hand ; Rare Clips From American Bandstand; Photo Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kurt Russell Elvis Presley
Shelley Winters Gladys Presley
Bing Russell Vernon Presley
Season Hubley Priscilla Presley
Pat Hingle Colonel Tom Parker
Dennis Christopher Actor
Ken Smolka Actor
Robert Gray Red West
Melody Anderson Bonnie
Ed Begley D.J. Fontana
Jim Canning Scotty
Charles Cyphers Sam Phillips
Peter Hobbs Jim Denny
Les Lannom Sonny West
Elliott Street Bill Black
Will Jordan Ed Sullivan
Joe Mantegna Joe Esposito
Galen Thompson Hank Snow
Ellen Travolta Marion
Robert Christopher Actor
Mark Denis Actor
Mario Gallo Actor
Ted Lehmann Actor
Larry Pennell Actor
Dennis Stewart Actor
Meg Wyllie Grandma
Nora Boland Teacher
Jim Greenleaf 2nd Reporter
Charlie Hodge Himself
Jesse Dabson Actor
Ronnie McDowell 'Elvis' vocals

Technical Credits
John Carpenter Director
Tony Bishop Producer
Tracy Bousman Art Director
Dick Clark Executive Producer
Christopher Holmes Editor
Anthony Lawrence Producer,Screenwriter
Ron Moler Editor
Donald M. Morgan Cinematographer
James Newport Art Director,Production Designer
Joe Renzetti Score Composer
Tom Walls Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Elvis: A John Carpenter Film
2. Tupelo, Mississippi 1945 [6:39]
3. Early Years [9:04]
5. Sun Records [1:48]
10. Road To Nashville [14:13]
12. RCA And The Movies [1:14]
15. Graceland [9:28]
16. Fort Chaffee Arkansas 1958 [15:58]
18. Enter The Memphis Mafia [:36]
22. Elvis and Priscilla [12:25]
24. Suspicious Minds [12:25]
25. Las Vegas [3:35]
29. End Credits [2:07]

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