Viva Las Vegas (1964)
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Viva Las Vegas, one of Elvis Presley's most popular vehicles, adheres as rigidly to formula as a Kabuki dance. Elvis plays a race-car driver competing in the Las Vegas Grand Prix opposite his principal rival, Cesare Danova. To finance his entry, Elvis takes a job as a casino waiter. Naturally, he is occasionally prevailed upon to sing, making one wonder why he didn't choose this talent as a means of making some quick cash. As always, Elvis chases all the wrong girls, only to ignore the "right" one, portrayed by Ann-Margret in her considerable youthful prime (We're supposed to believe that A-M is the daughter of irascible William Demarest. So much for the reliability of gene pools). With a pre-fat Presley, an indescribably gorgeous Ann-Margret, and no fewer than 12 songs on the soundtrack, how could Viva Las Vegas help but reap a fortune at the box office? ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Viva Las Vegas
The sizzling combination of Elvis Presley and Ann-Margaret is enough to carry Viva Las Vegas over the top.
Vulgar, spirited, and neglected director George Sidney meets his match with this 1964 Elvis Presley vehicle.
Coming on a balmy day, with no pretensions of art, Viva Las Vegas, the new Elvia Presley vehicle, is about as pleasant and unimportant as a banana split. And as fetching to look at, it might be added.
Justly celebrated as the rare Elvis movie in which Presley is not just complemented but also challenged by a song-and-dance co-star of comparable sexual energy and anatomical expressiveness.
Surely, it's Elvis' vehicle, but the movie really belongs to Ann-Margret.
Presley's one really good musical, mainly because it features a female costar, Ann-Margret, who can match the coiffed one in the charisma stakes.
One of Elvis Presley's best films, Viva Las Vegas benefits from the exuberant direction of MGM vet George Sidney, the young and sexy Ann-Margret as romantic interest, and over 12 melodic songs that take up half of the running time (only 85 minutes).
...a cut above most of Elvis's movies, but, unfortunately, it still comes off as little more than an upscale nightclub revue.
Directed by George Sidney, it has a carefree spirit as opposed to the carelessness of the other films, and for once Elvis is paired with a worthy co-star.
Hallucinatory but fabulously entertaining.
May be Elvis's raunchiest and most pleasing film, thanks mostly to co-star Ann-Margaret.
It is ridiculous. It is a little teensy bit sexist. It is a relic of a bygone age. It is as predictable as the sunrise. It is also, of course, rip-roaring fun.
Audience Reviews for Viva Las Vegas
This movie is worth seeing for the megawatt charisma of Elvis and Ann Margaret and the sparklingly entertaining musical numbers. It's not just the charisma of these two, but their chemistry, by far the best chemistry Elvis had with any co star in all of his mostly forgettable films. They exude, sex, confidence and talent.As almot any review of any Elvis film will say, the story and writing are perfunctory and cliched, and it doesn't even make great use of its Vegas locations. Pop culture geeks will enjoy the only other performance worth metioning, that of William Demarest, Uncle Charlie from My Three Sons as Ann Margaret's crusty papa. As for Anne Margaret, it's a shame the only three films that she is rememberd for are Bye Bye Birdie, Tommy, and this one. She is sexy, luminous, and shows a natural acting ability that she didn't get much chance to explore or reveal. She did not have the career she richly desevered on film.Carnal Knowlege is the only serious film for which she is got a chance to show those talents.. That said, anyone of a younger generation who wishes to see why Elvis was ELVIS, need look no further than this film. It's everything that made him the King in a nutshell You can't take your eyes off him, he has total audience empathy despite his impossible looks and talents. The King (and Anne Margaret) transcend the formulaic banaltiy of this film. Well worth a rental.More
This is one of the most popular Elvis movies, it's played on TV the most too, so if you're a fan don't miss it, it's one of his best.More
I saw it once and barely remembered it. I want to say I liked it but now that I think about it I pissed my pants every time Ann-Margaret started singing.More
A wildly-entertaining little flick featuring some amazing high-energy song and dance numbers by legends Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. The story is weak and predictable, the pace is fast and rushed but the mood of this film is the reason to watch it. It will put you in such a hyper-active, dance your socks off, rompy mood that you'll want to watch it over and over again! The colorful pastiche that it creates with its visuals is also a defining statement this movie makes. This is Hollywood schtick of the '60s at its best. It's deliciously tacky but ultimately a fun piece of escapist cinema. A great little gem.More
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