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Elvis & Nixon (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Elvis & Nixon may not do much to expand on its absurdly iconic photographic source material, but it's rarely less than engaging thanks to its talented starring duo.

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On a December morning in 1970, the King of Rock 'n Roll showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Nixon. The untold true story behind this revealing, yet humorous moment in the Oval Office forever immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.

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Cast

Michael Shannon
as Elvis Presley
Kevin Spacey
as Richard Nixon
Alex Pettyfer
as Jerry Schilling
Colin Hanks
as Egil Krogh
Evan Peters
as Dwight Chapin
Sky Ferreira
as Charlotte
Tracy Letts
as John Finlator
Tate Donovan
as H.R. Haldeman
Ashley Benson
as Margaret
Ahna O'Reilly
as Margaret (Ticket Agent)
Ian Hoch
as Donald
Nathalie Love
as Stewardess #1
Atlanta de Cadenet
as Stewardess #2
Skye Forsyth-Peters
as Stewardess #3
Poppy Delevingne
as Stewardess #4
Joey Sagal
as Elvis Impersonator
Marcus Lyle Brown
as White House Guard #1
Anthony Marble
as White House Guard #2
Hanala Sagal
as Judy (Chapin's Secretary)
Kevin "Lucky" Johnson
as Ronnie (Limo Driver)
Brandy Carter
as Teenage Girl
Katie Corwin
as Secretary
Geraldine Singer
as Rose Mary Woods
Vivian Winther
as Sondra (Krogh Secretary)
Danny McCarthy
as Agent Duncan
Gary Roberson
as Charlotte's Dad
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Critic Reviews for Elvis & Nixon

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (33)

The spectacle of Presley visiting Nixon's buttoned-down White House in his jeweled sunglasses, silk scarf, open shirt, and giant gold belt is inherently farcical, but Elvis & Nixon might have delivered more than dumb laughs.

April 28, 2016 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The dialogue sparkles with gems of historical allusion and perceptive asides, and the actors virtually sing it; the film plays like a whirling sociopolitical operetta.

April 25, 2016 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

As a surreal slice of history served up nearly half a century later, it feels oddly satisfying: A reminder not just of simpler times, but of all the other wild untold stories we may never know, just because no camera was there to capture them.

April 22, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

What the movie, directed by Liza Johnson, lacks in factual material it replaces with whimsy and quirky humour, helped greatly by the casting of Michael Shannon as Presley and Kevin Spacey as Nixon.

April 22, 2016 | Full Review…
Associated Press
Top Critic

A sharper movie would have pushed this bizarre incident into psychological rawness, revealing a shared sense of paranoia. Breezy, comic and disposable, Elvis & Nixon is not that film.

April 22, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Even when I didn't buy a word being said, I went with the flow. Why? Michael Shannon as Elvis and Kevin Spacey as Tricky Dick. Watching great actors swing for the fences is something special.

April 22, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Elvis & Nixon

½

Even if it doesn't have that much to offer apart from being an amusing curiosity about an iconic moment immortalized in a photograph, the film is super funny and fun to watch, with great dialogue and two priceless performances by Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Quirky and fun, Elvis & Nixon is a lighthearted indie comedy about the surprisingly true story behind one of the most famous photographs in the National Archives. On the eve of Christmas 1970 the King of Rock 'n Roll, Elvis Presley, makes a surprise visit to the White House hoping to get a meeting with President Richard Nixon; who reluctantly takes the meeting and finds that Elvis is quite different than he had expected. Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey both give excellent performances and do a great job with the dry humor. But the writing's a little weak; as the plot's a bit thin and doesn't go into much depth. And the directing is fairly pedestrian, not really bringing a lot of energy to the film. Yet the strong performances are able to elevate the material and make Elvis & Nixon incredibly interesting and quite entertaining.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Michael Shannon as Elvis and Kevin Spacey as Tricky Dick elevate the piece far above what it would have been otherwise, though still not quite so high as the satire-laden trailer had implied.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

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