Elvis Presley: The Searcher

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Elvis Presley: The Searcher delves into an American icon's early career with patience and skill, delivering a lengthy close-up look that should satisfy fans of all persuasions.



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A two-part profile of Elvis Presley begins with his early life in Mississippi; his first encounter with Sun Records Sam Phillips; tours of the South; and his decision to sign with a national label after his manager, Col. Tom Parker, bought out his contract.


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  • HBO's three-and-a-half hour Elvis Presley: The Searcher ... is an evocative documentary without malice.

    Apr 16, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Ed Bark

    Uncle Barky
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  • When the subject is the specific sound of Elvis's music - the component parts and how they ultimately combine and fuse - The Searcher is an absolute banger

    Apr 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Elvis Presley: The Searcher is an art documentary, one supposes, and such things might be considered immaterial, if only the film weren't so selective otherwise in integrating the personal with the musical.

    Apr 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Elvis Presley: The Searcher convincingly finds what Elvis may have been looking for.

    Apr 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The question The Searcher asks is whether fans expected too much of Presley. As the documentary points out, there was no precedent for how an "aging rock star" behaved, pre-Elvis-because there'd never been a rock star like him before.

    Apr 13, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
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  • Here is Elvis, rehabbed at last and brought down from his lofty and lunatic afterlife as an icon, reminding us that he was once just a man.

    Apr 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Elvis Presley: The Searcher

41 years on from his death and Elvis Presley is still one of the biggest names in music and music history. It's true, the man became more of an image, brand, and business than he was an actual human being-even by the time he came into my consciousness and I was born a decade after his death-"Elvis" was more of this concept than he was a man. He was this mythic kind of figure who no one would ever see in the flesh even if he had lived longer than he actually did. The Searcher breaks down that facade not only hitting the beats of Presley's rise to fame, but why this little boy from Tupelo, MS and eventually Memphis, TN wanted to become a music man for the ages as well as digging into how he navigated these uncharted waters. "An artist like Elvis, he's actually pretending when he's home to be normal and when he goes out on stage at night is who he actually is." Damn.

Philip Price
Philip Price

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