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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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Cast

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

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Biography | Music

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Release Date:

10 April 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Life of Elvis Presley  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$429,146 (USA) (12 April 1981)

Gross:

$2,028,612 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sam Phillips was portrayed by his son Knox Phillips. Vester Presley and 3 Gracelad workers, Pauline Nicholson, Mary Jenkins and Nancy Rooks portrayed themselves 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 »

Connections

Features Stay Away, Joe (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Stuck On You
(uncredited)
Written by Aaron Schröder, J. Leslie McFarland
Performed by Elvis Presley
(extended video version only)
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Tremendous documentary spotlighting a dynamic Icon.
16 August 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Malcolm Leo and Andrew Solt: enough said. These guys do deep research and do everything first class. This will be one of the best documentaries of an entertainer ever put on film. Elvis Presley meant so many different things to so many different people. He effected society, hair and clothing styles like no one before him. He changed the music world with the power of an Atomic Bomb. He has sold over one billion records and was the first visual founding father of the phenomenon that became rock 'n' roll. His influence will live for decades to come. This is a personal look as well as a tribute to the world's most loved entertainer.

I have the expanded 144 minute version of THIS IS ELVIS and watch it at least once a year. The soundtrack is like a history and not a greatest hits project. Even the non Elvis fan will be impressed with this entertaining look at musical history.


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