Elvis (1979)






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This made-for-TV movie depicts the life of Elvis Presley. Beginning with his poverty-level beginnings and climbing through the halls of superstardom, Kurt Russell's portrayal of the "King" proved him quite capable of emulating the mannerisms, speech patterns and performance of one of American's most recognized and internationally acclaimed superstars.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Television, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By: ,
Written By: Anthony Lawrence
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On DVD: Mar 2, 2010
Dick Clark Productions

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All Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | March 25, 2010

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
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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

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I want to like this, I really do. I even watched the 3 hour long version in hopes it would be great. But it's so factually inaccurate and cheesy I really can't say much about it other than it's a sort of decent 101 into Elvis I suppose? Kurt Russell, considering he looks nothing like Elvis, does do a great job of getting Elvis' ticks and moves down- if you squint and imagine his voice about a pitch lower he's pretty great.

I've never been a huge Elvis Presley fan. He has a few songs that I dig, some I don't, a bunch of movies I haven't seen (I've seen some, but the only one I truly watched was "Jailhouse Rock", which was decent) and I don't really have anything against him. He is an American Icon though, and I am just a little bit interested in him. This bio-pic is pretty decent, mostly propelled by the great performance by Kurt Russell, who really nails the part. The film was directed by John Carpenter, who chose to do something very different following completion of "Halloween". The choice was a smart one, to try his hand at something new and expand his horizons. It also was his first team-up with Russell, and the two would continue to collaborate on several entertaining movies over the next decade. The film has inaccuracies like most bio-pics, and at times it seemed to rush through several pivotal events despite it's length of almost 3 hours. Another issue would be that several characters aren't really explained or developed, and only make sense if you know the story of Elvis already. Elvis is the only character truly developed, which makes sense, but he is, at times, portrayed a little too pure and his demons aren't really explored (and the film ends before his life took it's downturn that lead to his death). Still it is a decent bio-pic with a tremendous performance from Kurt Russell.

Ken Scheck

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