Director John Carpenter teams up for the first time with his favorite actor, Kurt Russell, in this biography of Elvis Aaron Presley. Beginning with his humble beginnings as a country boy without a father, the film chronicles Elvis's journey to the height fame, his Las Vegas comeback, and his eventual death. The details of the King's life are dealt with in a sensitive, honest manner, focusing on both the success and the failure with equal weight. The personal tragedies of his family life give insight into the most famous entertainer of the twentieth century, and Russell delivers a layered, fully developed performance as Elvis Presley. John Carpenter shows he has the skills to tell a story that deals with universal human issues without exploiting the characters or the story, talents he further developed in his later films such as STARMAN and THE THING. The director does not hesitate to tackle the more difficult topics in Elvis's life, like drug use and the decline of his career, and ELVIS-THE MOVIE is all the better for it. A milestone in the development of John Carpenter as a master filmmaker.
Pat Hingle - American Actor
Shelley Winters - Oscar winning actress, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959)
Shirley Schrift - Oscar winning actress, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959)
Kurt Russell - American Actor, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)
John Carpenter - Horror Film Director/Composer
John T. Chance - Horror Film Director/Composer
Martin Quartermass - Horror Film Director/Composer
Frank Armitage - Horror Film Director/Composer
Season Hubley - American Actress
Kurt Russell stars in this telefilm biography of Elvis Presley, from his teenage years, to his heyday of immense fame and fortune, to his Las Vegas comeback in 1969. The film also focuses on the King's family life, and how it affected his career.
Released on TV in 1979. Kurt Russell lip-synched the songs, which were sung by country crooner Ronnie McDowell. Elvis Presley played a character in the 1969 film CHANGE OF HABIT named John Carpenter. Director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell later teamed up on THE THING, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and its sequel, ESCAPE FROM L.A. Kurt Russell and costar Season Hubley were once married. ELVIS - THE MOVIE was one of the highest-rated made-for-televison movies ever when it first aired. Kurt Russell played an Elvis-impersonating thief in 2001's 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND.
"Carpenter directs Elvis with a restless camera and a surprising amount of dramatic restraint..." -- Grade: B - 03/03/2010 A.V. Club
4 stars out of 5 -- "Russell is the revelation. It's a full-on, near-perfect Elvis impression..." - 09/01/2010 Empire
3 stars out of 5 -- "Nailing the lip curl and pelvis grind perfectly, Kurt Russell takes Elvis from dodging bullies in his schooldays to the eve of his '69 Vegas comeback." - 10/01/2010 Total Film