This landmark made for television biography came at a time when the death of the beloved entertainer and pop culture icon was still fresh in peoples' minds. It's written & produced by Anthony Lawrence, who'd written or co-written such Presley film vehicles as "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" and "Easy Come, Easy Go", executive produced by Dick Clark, and directed by John Carpenter, who'd recently established himself as a hot property with his hit horror film "Halloween". It's all done with the utmost respect for Elvis, and touches upon various key moments in his life, starting with his childhood when he found his own way to deal with the death of his twin brother. We learn what makes Elvis tick, and what motivates him. He wanted nothing more than to entertain people, and hopefully provide a better quality of life for the parents, Gladys and Vernon (played by Shelley Winters and Bing Russell, star Kurt Russell's own dad) who were always loving and supportive. Framed by the depiction of Elvis's big comeback performance at the International Hotel, it shows him meeting all of the important players in his life - Sam Phillips (Charles Cyphers), Colonel Tom Parker (Pat Hingle), and Priscilla Beaulieu (Season Hubley, to whom Russell was subsequently and briefly married). Russell is just tremendous as Elvis, completely immersing himself in the role and managing to make us forget that we're watching a performance. Of course, it's worth noting that Russell, as a child, had acted with The King in "It Happened at the World's Fair" and would return to the role - sort of - in 2001's "3000 Miles to Graceland". One of the highest rated television movies in history, it earned three Emmy nominations, including best television movie and best actor for Russell. This is a true warts and all affair, showing the darker aspects to Elvis's personality, and as such is riveting. It's a long but engrossing story, and was also historic for first teaming Carpenter and Russell; they would work four more times together over the years, on "Escape from New York", "The Thing", "Big Trouble in Little China", and "Escape from L.A." It also firmly established Russell as a mature actor of note after his time spent as a youthful star of formulaic Disney comedies. Everything is buoyed by genuine poignancy and, of course, a generous serving of classic Elvis songs. Well worth watching overall. Eight out of 10.
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Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.
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Long live The King.Reviewed byScott LeBrunVote: 8/10
Kurt Russell IS Elvis, plain and simple. His dedication to this roleresulted in what I think, is the best movie bio ever. If you're anElvis fan, see it if you can.
The made-for-television film was made two years after Elvis' death.
One piece of advice, there are two versions - one at 180 minutes andone at 117 minutes. The only one to watch is the longer one. Theshorter one has more than one hour of footage edited out. It just doesnot work because the scenes in it are often dependent on the scenesthat were cut.
This masterpiece takes you from Elvis childhood through his emergenceas entertainment's greatest star. Shelley Winters and Bing Russell(Kurt's real dad) are excellent as Elvis' parents. And Pat Hingledelivers a very competent Col. Tom Parker.
Long live the King!
This movie is the earliest and best impersonation of "King of Rock 'n' Roll" movies. Role is done here by Kurt Russel - his first significant appearance as movie star - and beginning of longtime partnership with director John Carpenter. Now, our annotation is about something else. Recently, I downloaded a torrent about Elvis Presley that included all his 31 lead role movies. Great job done by a Russian (if I am not mistaken). Thanks Constantine! Elvis as an actor was something that I wasn't acquainted well by now. Beside the fact that he was the greatest pop-singer of the 20th c. and all the banal trivia that accompanied his box-office music hits; plus his iconic heritage and popularity coming 8th after a row of American presidents; plus his early death because of drug addiction or maybe physician's mistake, etc, etc.
Well, I want to share here my humble opinion about Elvis as an actor. Usually when I watch movies I try to compare faces of the actors because they really reveal everything about living persons. You can say about an actor that he is 'good' or 'bad' but you can seldom miss him as a living prototype. This is why cinema is great, because you can meet with a universe of humans without leaving your room. Not like now-a-days when special effects try to jam the appearance of the actor and delete him as a significant participant, whatsoever.
Continuing our line of thinking, I watched gladly the whole collection of 31 movies and can say that I am complacent. It is not so much because those movies are great that they impress me. The movie career of Presley run at a hectic rate - he made 31 movies for 13 years, from 1956 to 1969. My personal notion is that he made these movies because he wanted to sell his songs - and he made it damn well both ways. Watching those movies I realize that they reflect personal attitudes of the author in the 1960s - wars, westerns, car races, adventures in far off exotic lands, the evolution of musical as genre, etc. His songs accompany his movies as if he wanted to have a break but he couldn't. Unfortunately he burnt out too young! Then the second thing that I want to share here is a mere resemblance. I watched carefully Elvis' face and after several instances I found a best fit with ... Richard Burton. I don't have to introduce the latter to the public - he left to the audience some of the best male roles in the 20th century. He would have been greater even than Marlon Brando if the poor devil hadn't performed so well in the "Godfather". Well, Burton was and will remain a rare icon not only because he was a perfect dramatic personage - he shares this place on top with Peter O'Toole - with explosive performances and less so with Laurence Olivier and James Mason (because those two are a bit slower). Lastly, if it wasn't for Elizabeth Taylor - and everyone knows that they were the best movie couple in the 20th fu... century - so, Burton would have been less man than he really was.
What about Elvis Presley? His movies are full of women, more or less famous, more women on a par than any other Hollywood star. And many of them became models for 'Playboy' and Hugh Hafner in the early years of its advent. What else could one expect from life. Rest in piece Elvis Presley, you are really a Star!