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3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)



Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 83

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.


Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 21

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.



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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

Aug 7, 2001


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

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source:
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Too much of the film is pure filler, visuals manipulated for onanistic purposes.

February 23, 2001
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The picture feels longer than Presley's career and as irrelevant as he was by the end.

February 23, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Fast-paced but dumb.

February 23, 2001
New York Post
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Extremely violent Elvis-based robbery for 17+ only.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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The Tarantino effect is very much in evidence in this trashy, senseless, and excessively violent actioner about a casino heist that goes uproariously awry.

February 2, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com incoherent jumble of images...

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Russell and Costner deliver up some of the most amusing portrayals of their careers as casino-robbing Elvis impersonators

March 18, 2003 Full Review Source:

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

June 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Like a needle jumping around on a scratchy old piece of vinyl, the movie skips aimlessly from raunchy comedy to blood-spattered thriller to gooey male-bonding drama without ever finding a groove to settle into.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Gleefully preposterous and at times blissfully inane.

June 5, 2002
Philadelphia Weekly

You can't make stuff like this up.

April 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Curse-a-my soul This movie couldn't be worse The prints should be delivered from the back of a Hearse

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source:

It insulted my intelligence, yes, but I still have some hope for the human race after watching it.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

An exciting, action-packed heist sadly followed up by stupid con games and bad relationships.

September 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

While it does contain many action film clichés, it also has some quirky characters who give it some charm.

September 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

You WERE expecting helicopters, weren't you?

July 30, 2001
Movie Metropolis

I felt like I was there for 3000 hours.

April 9, 2001 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

This is a terrible, horrible film, a big-budget student film with stupidity and insipidity written all over it. AOL Keyword: Suck.

March 19, 2001

[Director Demian Lichtenstein]'s as lazy and as generally incompetant as Ang Lee.

March 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Wouldn't have a clue about human kindness or romantic passion if they launched up and bit it in the nose.

March 14, 2001 Full Review

This is ineptly acted, edited, and directed. It's a tedious trip to nowhere.

March 14, 2001 Full Review Source:

Like a long road trip without a rest stop.

March 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It is, in every conceivable instance, over-baked and under-conceived.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for 3000 Miles to Graceland

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.
May 18, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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.
October 14, 2011

Super Reviewer

Crime Is King.

Pretty good film! I was very entertained and the story really kept me guessing, excellent script and writer. Kevin Costner really acted very well and nailed his role. Nice supporting cast. Lot's of action and twist and turns, you will enjoy it.

Hardened criminals Thomas J. Murphy and Michael Zane lead a gang of five using an Elvis impersonators convention as cover to violently rob the Riviera Casino. The others get eliminated either during the heist or infighting (allegedly?) over the way to divide the loot and launder it. Zane returns to the desert rat hole 'last Chance' sleazy diner run by divorced Cybil Waingrow, who makes a second income of seducing and robbing men with and for her smart cheeky rascal Jesse. Once she knows about the laundering, Cybil dumps Jesse of Zane so she can try to steal it, but Murphy, who already left a bloody trail including dead cops, recruits a new team, just like the police. Fortunes and betrayal keep shifting while the victims pile up.
August 19, 2011
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

This movie is among the most overlooked films of all time. Great cast and a genuinely fun film to watch. It reminds me of Raising Arizona in that there are a lot of active characters with no easily predicted ending.
June 12, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Joseph Hanson: I have good news and bad news, good news, your mom is in the trunk, bad news, she is alive.
    – Submitted by Tara W (2 years ago)
    1. Michael Zane: I'll splatter cherry pie all over the wall behide you.
    – Submitted by Ed F (2 years ago)
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