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Elvis (1979)





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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.


Kurt Russell
as Elvis Presley
Shelley Winters
as Gladys Presley
Season Hubley
as Priscilla Presley
Bing Russell
as Vernon Presley
Pat Hingle
as Colonel Tom Parker
Robert Gray
as Red West
Ed Begley Jr.
as D.J. Fontana
Charles Cyphers
as Sam Phillips
Peter Hobbs
as Jim Denny
Les Lannom
as Sonny West
Elliott Street
as Bill Black
Will Jordan
as Ed Sullivan
Joe Mantegna
as Joe Esposito
Galen Thompson
as Hank Snow
Meg Wyllie
as Grandma
Nora Boland
as Teacher
Jim Greenleaf
as 2nd Reporter
Ronnie McDowell
as 'Elvis' vocals
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Critic Reviews for Elvis

All Critics (3)

Respectful, unpretentious and elegant (a Carpenter characteristic), if somewhat ungainly in its substitution of California real estate for Memphis and Mississippi locations, the modestly budgeted 'Elvis' remains the definitive screen portrayal of Presley.

August 29, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

[John] Carpenter... puts the dramatic focus on the relationships and tricky social dynamic with the male friends who became Elvis support group and entourage.

March 25, 2010 | Full Review…

A performance de Russell é impecável; é como se víssemos o próprio Elvis. Porém, o fraco roteiro se limita a retratar momentos da vida deste, sem procurar conhecê-lo melhor.

August 31, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Elvis


John Carpenter and Kurt Russell's first team-up is this thumbnail overview biopic to Tupelo's baritone bomber and his ever-so-fraught-with-rumor behind-the-scenes relationships: his Ma, his manager, his monkeys, and his wife. Though Russell's King is disconcertingly spot-on still the piece plays exactly how it was intended to: like a TV movie.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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