Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)


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Elvis: That's the Way It Is offers a candid look at Elvis Presley at a point when he decided to permanently abandon movie roles and return triumphantly to concert gigs. It shows him strutting around Vegas with his entourage, Elvis painstakingly preparing for his stage show, Elvis relaxing backstage and trading jokes with his vocal accompanists, and, of course, Elvis before a live, loud audience. Photographed by Lucien Ballard the film was directed by Denis Sanders of Shock Treatment fame. This … More

Rating: PG (for some language)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By: , , , , , ,
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On DVD: Apr 9, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Elvis: That's the Way It Is

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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The film was somewhat radically reworked for a TCM special edition; the original is like an old-school monster movie that teases the audience before finally giving fans the spectacle they crave -- Elvis, tearing down the house in all his jumpsuited glory.

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

... chronicles his phoenix-like rebirth as a Vegas showman as a concert rockumentary interspersed with interviews, backstage material, and a wealth of footage featuring the King in rehearsal.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010
Parallax View

Pop and Rock stars will come and go, but there is only one Elvis, and the concert film "That's the Way It Is" proves that, once and for all...

Full Review… | August 22, 2007
Cinema Crazed

The definitive portrait of Elvis the Vegas headliner follows the King through his 1970 summer engagement in Las Vegas from backstage bustle to box-office hustle to 27 stage numbers.

Full Review… | August 14, 2007

Audience Reviews for Elvis: That's the Way It Is


Best part - "Little Sister" fades into the Beatles "Get Back" and then back into "Little Sister."
A great documentary and awesome concert footage in Vegas. Polk Salad Annie rocks!

Sean Gillespie

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