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Orion: The Man Who Would Be King (2015)

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Following the death of Elvis Presley in 1977, a masked mystery man with the voice of The King emerged. Who was Orion? Where did he come from? And was he really the second coming of Elvis? At once a stranger-than-fiction music industry mystery and a poignant investigation of fame, identity, and destiny, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King gets the wild, behind-the-scenes story of a talented but overlooked artist who sold his soul for pop stardom-and wound up paying the price.

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Through dynamic use of archival footage and intimate new interviews with Ellis' friends and family - all of them founts of down-home sincerity - Finlay unearths a fascinating biography filled with reversals, comebacks and false starts.

December 10, 2015 | Full Review…

It's a curious, bittersweet story, flecked with dashes of bombast and overstatement that Presley himself would have admired.

December 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Ellis, who died in 1998, speaks for himself in abashed interview clips. He loved singing and his not-quite-fame, but he yearned to be known for who he was. His music powers the film, and it's well-sung and agreeable Elvis apocrypha.

December 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King might be a well-made documentary or just one that got ahold of an astonishing true story, but either way, it's fascinating from beginning to end.

October 19, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

An affecting and often bizarre story that director Jeanie Finlay handles in a straightforward but mostly satisfying way.

December 17, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

There's not really that much to talk about once the mask and all the mystery that accompanies it is taken away.

December 9, 2015 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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