3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)



Critic Consensus: While the premise sounds promising, the movie turns out to be a tedious and unnecessarily violent heist movie that's low on laughs and leaves no cliche unturned.

Movie Info

After squaring off in 1995 with competing movie biographies of frontier lawman Wyatt Earp, actors Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner co-star in this action crime caper as former cronies engaged in a series of double-crosses over some stolen loot. Michael Zane (Russell) and Thomas Murphy (Costner) are the leaders of a gang of ex-convict thieves using an Elvis Presley impersonator convention to pull off a daring heist in a Las Vegas casino. The gang also includes Gus (David Arquette), Hanson (Bokeem … More

Rating: R (for strong violence, sexuality and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Richard Recco, Demian Lichtenstein, Demien Lichtenstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 7, 2001
Box Office: $15.3M
Warner Bros. - Official Site


as Michael Zane

as Thomas J. Murphy

as Cybil Waingrow

as Federal Marshal Dami...

as Jay Peterson

as Jack

as Franklin

as Hamilton

as Jesse Waingrow

as Federal Marshal Quig...

as Jesse Waingrow

as Casino Security Chie...

as Taxi Driver

as SWAT Leader

as Otto Sinclair

as Helicoptor Pilot
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for 3000 Miles to Graceland

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for 3000 Miles to Graceland

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (27)

Lichtenstein grooves on bullets and blood and bedlam, but there's no grace, no drama, no sense of honor to the violence.

Full Review… | February 27, 2001
Top Critic

Extremely violent Elvis-based robbery for 17+ only.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

The Tarantino effect is very much in evidence in this trashy, senseless, and excessively violent actioner about a casino heist that goes uproariously awry.

Full Review… | February 2, 2006

...an incoherent jumble of images...

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

Russell and Costner deliver up some of the most amusing portrayals of their careers as casino-robbing Elvis impersonators

Full Review… | March 18, 2003

It's a shame the movie is ultimately so worthless, because the acting isn't half-bad

Full Review… | June 13, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Audience Reviews for 3000 Miles to Graceland


A big fun heist piece fed on nada but actors' charisma and man, there's plenty here to go around. The writing's a little "ehh" and maybe (just maybe!) there's a little too much of a copycat Tarantino vibe, but past that there's some nice time at the movies action here. Courtney Cox. You know how you hear somebody's famous but can't figure out why? That's how me and Courtney go, until this. She didn't annoy the crap outta me for once, and was even sexy in parts. Wow. But its Costner's film, hands down, no contest.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Kinetic, energized action / heist film, 3000 Miles to Graceland is a far better film that what has been initially said about it. With a great cast of actors, an effective script, this is a film that delivers an entertaining two hours for viewers that want a mindless action picture to watch. The film is not great, but it's much better than what most reviews have said about it, and there is enough going on-screen to make this a worthy film to watch. I quite enjoyed Kurt Russell's performance as well as that OF Kevin Costner's. The way the film goes into the heist elements is very well done, and in turn the thrills mount up afterwards, and it's a satisfying affair for those that enjoy films like these. I found this one to be underrated, and it's a fun film to watch if you're in the right state of mind. However, the film does have a few shortcomings, and it does leave room for improvement, but it's not a bad film by any means. At times the film is darkly humorous, and those elements, don't really work in the story, and it's what brings down the film slightly, but the idea is very good and it's an entertaining heist picture that deserves another chance. The cast do fine work here, and the story is entertaining enough, even if it's not perfect, it's a worthwhile picture to watch if you have nothing else better to watch. 3000 Miles to Graceland is an average film of course could have been better, and you are left wanting more, but overall, it's a pleasant film to watch for genre fans looking for an entertaining genre film to view.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Probably one of the most interesting and quite cool team ups I've seen in a film for some time, Costner, Russell and Slater although we lose Slater early on. Unfortunately the casting also included Arquette and Cox who both seem to star in the same films as if its a contract requirement, thing is both of them are useless, and Ice-T pops up at the end with a really dumb character but luckily he kicks the bucket quickly.

So basically this is Costner being a muttonchopped badass and killing virtually anyone who stands in his way! Reviews and box office performance were poor but personally I don't get why as I believe this is a rip roaring king of action that is miles better than most gun totting action flicks.

Sure its pretty silly but the Elvis impersonators convention robbery set piece at the start is worth the ticket admission alone, bullets fly and police officers get blasted from here to next Sunday whilst Costner struts around in leather pants and Russell's hairs would make Elvis himself proud. Add to this a rocking soundtrack, some decent car chases and some nice camera work and you have a pretty smart film.

Plus side, Arquette dies early, we do see Cox in a thong (sneak peek shot) and Costner makes a better bad guy than good, its just a shame Slater wasn't in longer.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

3000 Miles to Graceland Quotes

– Submitted by Tara W (3 years ago)
– Submitted by Ed F (3 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss 3000 Miles to Graceland on our Movie forum!