This Is Elvis (1981)

This Is Elvis (1981)





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This Is Elvis wants to have it both ways. At times, the film is a warm, loving tribute to The King. At other times, it merely exploits a dead man's reputation for the purposes of a fast buck. The documentary footage of Elvis in concert, overfamiliar though it may be, is excellent and well-selected. The dramatized portions of the film, featuring a quartet of Presley imitators portraying Elvis at different junctures of his life, range from passable to mediocre. For the record, and not in the order in which they appear, Paul Boensch III is Elvis at 10, David Scott is Elvis at 18, Dana MacKay is Elvis at 35 and an appropriately corpulent Johnny Harra is Elvis at 42. In addition, a fifth actor, Ral Donner, is heard as Elvis, narrating the whole affair.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Dave Scott
as Elvis, Age 18
David Scott
as Elvis (age 18)
Paul Boensch III
as Elvis (age 10)
Paul Boensh III
as Elvis, Age 10
Johnny Harra
as Elvis (age 42)
Lawrence Koller
as Vernon Presley
Rhonda Lyn
as Priscilla Presley
Debbie Edge
as Gladys Presley
Larry Raspberry
as Dewey Phillips
Furry Lewis
as Bluesman
Liz Robinson
as Minnie Mae Presley
Dana MacKay
as Elvis (age 35)
Knox Phillips
as Sam Phillips
Cheryl Needham
as Linda Thompson
Andrea Cyrill
as Ginger Alden
Jerry Phillips
as Bill Black
Emory Smith
as Scotty Moore
Ral Donner
as Elvis
Joe Esposito
as Himself
Linda Thompson
as Herself
Lisha Sweetnam
as Priscilla
Michael Tomack
as Vernon Presley
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Critic Reviews for This Is Elvis

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

The 1981 documentary begins with awkward recreations of Elvis' early life but soon turns into an excellent introductory portrait of the country boy turned rock and roll phenomenon...

Full Review… | August 14, 2007

Fine documentary/showcase of the King.

November 9, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

One of the better docus about Elvis Presley

July 19, 2005

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for This Is Elvis

This was my first acting gig. I had a great time making the movie! Andrew Solt and Malcolm Leo are super directors and can't say enough about how fantastic they are in person. I would really like to act more in the future.

Paul Boensch
Paul Boensch

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