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This Is Elvis (1981)

The life and career of Elvis Presley are chronicled in home movies, concert footage, and dramatizations. Subjects include early performances, army service, Ed Sullivan Show appearance, marriage, 1968 comeback, health decline and death.

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Malcolm Leo, Andrew Solt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Scott David Scott ... Elvis - Age 18
Paul Boensch III ... Elvis - Age 10
Johnny Harra Johnny Harra ... Elvis - Age 42
Lawrence Koller Lawrence Koller ... Vernon Presley
Rhonda Lyn Rhonda Lyn ... Priscilla Presley
Debbie Edge Debbie Edge ... Gladys Presley
Larry Raspberry Larry Raspberry ... Dewey Phillips
Furry Lewis Furry Lewis ... Bluesman
Liz Robinson Liz Robinson ... Minnie Mae Presley
Dana MacKay Dana MacKay ... Elvis - Age 35
Knox Phillips Knox Phillips ... Sam Phillips
Cheryl Needham Cheryl Needham ... Linda Thompson
Andrea Cyrill Andrea Cyrill ... Ginger Alden
Jerry Phillips Jerry Phillips ... Bill Black
Emory Smith Emory Smith ... Scotty Moore
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Storyline

Though several actors portray Elvis Presley at different stages of his life, this documentary is comprised mostly of actual performance footage and interviews with Elvis, his fans and those close to him. His arrival on the national scene, in 1956, is highlighted by clips from "Stage Show", "The Milton Berle Show" and "The Ed Sullivan Show". Scenes from several of his 33 films are highlighted including his screen debut in "Love Me Tender" (1956) and the critically acclaimed "King "Creole"(1958), his last film prior to a 2 year hitch in the military. From 1960-68 he kept busy by making films and soundtrack albums, as well as some Gospel albums. After an absence of almost 9 years from live performing, Elvis returned in 1968 to do a TV Special titled "Elvis" and in 1969 performed in Las Vegas for the first time since 1956. His Vegas appearances, along with his nationwide concert tours, continued for the remainder of his career. A clip from his 1973 TV Special, "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii", ... Written by efffee@aol.com

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This is the sound he created and performed. The rare personal films never before seen by the public. The private moments. The public triumphs. Intimate memories and reflections in his own words. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Life of Elvis Presley See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$429,146, 12 April 1981

Gross USA:

$2,028,612

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,028,612
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Esposito, a friend of Elvis Presley, was cast to play himself. See more »

Goofs

In this film, teaming up with Frank Sinatra, Elvis sings the Sinatra hit, "Withcraft", Written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. However in the closing credits,another "Witchcraft" mistakenly credited in its' place, is the B side of Elvis' 1963 hit , "Bosa Nova Baby" , also titled "Withcraft", a different song that does not appear in this film. See more »

Quotes

Pauline Nicholson: [Elvis and Ginger prepare to go upstairs to his bedroom, passing the kitchen doorway, where Pauline is seated at the table] Mr. P, can I get you some sandwiches?
Elvis at 42: [waves] That'd be fine, Pauline.
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Crazy Credits

Certain sequences in this film were recreated. See more »

Alternate Versions

NBC edited 5 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Features Love Me Tender (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Viva! Las Vegas
By Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
Elvis Presley Music
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This Is Elvis
7 October 2007 | by jcolyer1229See all my reviews

This is an excellent biography about the life of Elvis Presley on the heels of his death. Ral Donner, an Elvis clone, does his voice. It is as if Elvis speaks to us from beyond the grave. A young actor plays Elvis in scenes from his early life. Leo and Solt managed to tap Elvis' private film archives. Young Priscilla is shown at Elvis' birthday party in Germany. Of course, there is the condescending Ed Sullivan assuring us that Elvis is "a fine boy, thoroughly alright." Roger Ebert's review implied that Elvis was an alcoholic. Nothing could be farther from the truth. He did not drink. There is a marked contrast between Elvis in his 20s and Elvis in his 40s, but I sense in some a grim exultation regarding the fall of Elvis Presley. The soundtrack contains Always On My Mind. Elvis' version is far superior to Willie Nelson's.


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