ELVIS (ABC-TVM 2/11/79)
Kurt Russell turns in a stellar performance as the “King of Rock and Roll” in this 1979 TV movie.
Elvis Presley (1935-77) burst onto the music scene in 1956 with “Heartbreak Hotel” and went on to garner an incredible 80 gold records. With his electric guitar, long sideburns, skin-tight pants and wild gyrations, Elvis created a sound and an image that revolutionized the world of pop.
Yet as this film (based on fact and personal recollections) shows, Presley’s personal life was a troubled one, marked by grinding poverty in his youth and desperate adjustments to fame and fortune in his later years.
Soundtrack renditions of Presley’s hits, performed by Ronnie McDowell, include “Tuti Fruiti,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?,” “Suspicious Minds,” Separate Ways” and “Blue Suede Shoes.”
Additional cast includes Shelley Winters, Season Hubley, Ellen Travolta, Ed Begley, Jr., Pat Hingle, Bing Russell, Robert Gray. Directed by John Carpenter. (170 min)
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