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Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Elvis Presley
Shelley Winters ... Gladys Presley
Bing Russell ... Vernon Presley
Robert Gray Robert Gray ... Red West
Season Hubley ... Priscilla Presley
Pat Hingle ... Colonel Tom Parker
Melody Anderson ... Bonnie
Ed Begley Jr. ... D J Fontana
James Canning ... Scotty Moore
Charles Cyphers ... Sam Phillips
Peter Hobbs ... Jim Denny
Les Lannom ... Sonny West
Elliott Street ... Bill Black
Randy Gray Randy Gray ... Elvis as a boy
Will Jordan ... Ed Sullivan
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Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.

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Taglines:

The King Lives On!

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvis the Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dick Clark Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1988 video release) | (theatrical) | (BluRay)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although this film was shown on TV in America, it was released in theaters overseas, which was a common practice for TV movies at the time. See more »

Goofs

In the Memphis pawnshop, a display cutout for Fritz the Cat can be seen on the wall. See more »

Alternate Versions

European theatrical cut ran for 120 minutes. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Top Secret! (1984) See more »

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Powerful and poignant...
26 May 2002 | by poe426See all my reviews

Kurt Russell's chameleon-like performance, coupled with John Carpenter's flawless filmmaking, makes this one, without a doubt, one of the finest boob-tube bios ever aired. It holds up, too: the emotional foundation is strong enough that it'll never age; Carpenter has preserved for posterity the power and ultimate poignancy of the life of the one and only King of Rock and Roll. (I'd been a borderline Elvis fan most of my life, but it wasn't until I saw this mind-blowingly moving movie that I looked BEYOND the image at the man himself. It was quite a revelation.) ELVIS remains one of the top ten made-for-tv movies of all time.


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