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Love Me Tender (1956)




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Elvis Presley made his motion picture debut in the Civil War drama Love Me Tender. Elvis, however, is not the star of the proceedings: that honor goes jointly to Richard Egan and Debra Paget. The story concerns three brothers--Egan, William Campbell and James Drury--who steal a Union payroll on behalf of the Confederacy, only to discover that the war is over and that they're now technically outlaws. Rather than return the money, the brothers divvy it up amongst themselves. Upon returning home, Egan discovers that his sweetheart (Debra Paget) has married Elvis, his youngest brother. Since Love Me Tender has been played incessantly on TV since the early 1960s, it is giving away nothing to reveal that the film is one of two in which Elvis Presley's character dies at the end. Naturally, Elvis is afforded plenty of opportunities to sing: the scene in which he launches into an anachronistic hip-swivelling performance at a county fair is one of the high points of mid-1950s kitsch. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
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Written By: Maurice Geraghty, Robert Buckner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2002


Elvis Presley
as Clint Reno
Debra Paget
as Cathy Reno
Richard Egan
as Vance Reno
William Campbell
as Brett Reno
Neville Brand
as Mike Gavin
Mildred Dunnock
as The Mother
Bruce Bennett
as Maj. Kincaid
James Drury
as Ray Reno
Russ Conway
as Ed Galt
Barry Coe
as Davis
L.Q. Jones
as Fleming
Jerry Sheldon
as Conductor
Ken Clark
as Kelso
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Critic Reviews for Love Me Tender

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This above-average Western wouldn't be nearly as beloved if it wasn't Elvis Presley's first film.

Full Review… | July 26, 2013
Movie Metropolis

Elvis's debut film and only time billed as a supporting actor.

Full Review… | July 5, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

one of Elvis' most compelling works, despite a forced, artificial ending.

Full Review… | August 2, 2009

Audience Reviews for Love Me Tender

This is Elvis' first movie, so if you're a fan you wont want to miss it. I saw it a long time ago, so I don't remember it very well, but I do remember liking it. I'll have to see it again.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

SOOO intense! Best movie I've seen in long time!!!

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer


I don't know why anybody thought "1865... hmm.. Oh I know, Elvis" but they did and that became Love Me Tender- Elvis' first film. And not a great one, mostly because Elvis is so out of place and bizarre... also kind of a bad guy. The music is insanely out of place, Elvis is overacting and the story is some kind of weird "the South was defeated but we still have morals dangnabit" sort of plot. I mean, it's watchable but mostly not worth it.

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