Viva Las Vegas
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Viva Las Vegas

4.8 5
Director: George Sidney

Cast: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova

     
 

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Viva Las Vegas, one of Elvis Presley's most popular vehicles, adheres as rigidly to formula as a Kabuki dance. Elvis plays a race-car driver competing in the Las Vegas Grand Prix opposite his principal rival, Cesare Danova. To finance his entry, Elvis takes a job as a casino waiter. Naturally, he is occasionally prevailed upon to sing, making one wonder why heSee more details below

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Viva Las Vegas, one of Elvis Presley's most popular vehicles, adheres as rigidly to formula as a Kabuki dance. Elvis plays a race-car driver competing in the Las Vegas Grand Prix opposite his principal rival, Cesare Danova. To finance his entry, Elvis takes a job as a casino waiter. Naturally, he is occasionally prevailed upon to sing, making one wonder why he didn't choose this talent as a means of making some quick cash. As always, Elvis chases all the wrong girls, only to ignore the "right" one, portrayed by Ann-Margret in her considerable youthful prime (We're supposed to believe that A-M is the daughter of irascible William Demarest. So much for the reliability of gene pools). With a pre-fat Presley, an indescribably gorgeous Ann-Margret, and no fewer than 12 songs on the soundtrack, how could Viva Las Vegas help but reap a fortune at the box office?

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
One of the tiny handful of post-Army Elvis Presley vehicles which can be enjoyed on a non-ironic level, Viva Las Vegas stacks up as one of the King's best movies largely because for a change he has a co-star who can match him for onscreen charisma -- Ann-Margret. If Ann-Margret can't equal Elvis for essential rock & roll cool, she has great comic timing, can actually sing, and still knows how to make the sparks fly onscreen, and together they display an easygoing but potent chemistry that Elvis rarely managed with his other leading ladies. While the story is pretty typical stuff (the Big E is a race driver trying to raise money to put his car back on the track), George Sidney keeps things light and lively and knows enough to stay out of the way of his stars. Elvis even gets a few decent songs this time out, including the classic title tune (written by Doc Pomus) and a fiery take of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say." Add a stronger-than-average supporting cast (including William Demarest, Nicky Blair, Jack Carter, and a blink-and-you'll-miss-her bit part from Teri Garr) and you get an Elvis Presley movie you actually don't have to suffer through; if all of his pictures had displayed this level of competence, he wouldn't have had to apologize to his fans for his career in Hollywood.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
UPC:
0012569798465
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
24,149

Special Features

Commentary by Steve Pond, Author of Elvis in Hollywood ; New Featurette Kingdom: Elvis in Vegas; Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 as Well as Original Mono ; Theatrical Trailer.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Lucky Jackson
Ann-Margret Rusty Martin
Cesare Danova Count Elmo Mancini
William Demarest Mr. Martin
Nicky Blair Shorty Farnsworth
Jack Carter Himself
Larry Barton Son of Lone Star State
John Burnside Son of Lone Star State
George Cisar Manager at Swingers
Howard Curtis Statler
Ford Dunhill Driver
Roy Engel Mr. Baker
Henry Fleer Son of Lone Star State
Alan Fordney Race Announcer
Barnaby Hale Mechanic
Claude Hall Son of Lone Star State
Pete Kellett Ad-Lib
Larry Kent Race Official
Lance Le Gault Son of Lone Star State
Rick Murray Delivery Boy
Bob Nash Big Gus Olson
Eddie Quillan Master of Ceremonies
Mike Ragan Ad-Lib
Ivan Triesault Head Captain
Robert B. Williams Mr. Swanson
Teri Garr Showgirl
Laura Lamb Actor

Technical Credits
George Sidney Director,Producer
Sally Benson Screenwriter
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
Jack Cummings Producer
George W. Davis Art Director
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
John McSweeney Editor
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
George Stoll Score Composer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
David Winters Choreography

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