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Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)

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Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Himself
James Burton ... Himself - Musician
Glen D. Hardin Glen D. Hardin ... Himself - Musician (as Glen Hardin)
Charlie Hodge Charlie Hodge ... Himself - Musician (as Charley Hodge)
Jerry Scheff Jerry Scheff ... Himself - Musician
Ronnie Tutt Ronnie Tutt ... Himself - Musician
John Wilkinson John Wilkinson ... Himself - Musician
Millie Kirkham Millie Kirkham ... Herself - Background Vocalist
Estell Brown Estell Brown ... Herself - Background Vocalist (as The Sweet Inspirations)
Sylvia Shemmell Sylvia Shemmell ... Herself - Background Vocalist (as The Sweet Inspirations)
Ann Williams Ann Williams ... Herself - Background Vocalist (as The Sweet Inspirations)
Roger Wiles Roger Wiles ... Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
Jim Murray Jim Murray ... Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
Joe Moscheo Joe Moscheo ... Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
Armando Morales Armando Morales ... Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
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Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

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Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvis: Thats the Way It Is - Special Edition See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (special edition)

Sound Mix:

SDDS (special edition)| DTS (special edition)| Dolby Digital (special edition)| 4-Track Stereo (original version)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The following celebrities were greeted as they walked into the International Hotel in the film: Juliet Prowse, Charo, Xavier Cugat, Rona Barrett, Norm Crosby, & Dale Robertson. Seen at the showroom tables were Sammy Davis, Jr. & Cary Grant. See more »

Quotes

Elvis Presley: [Reading telegrams before his show] Here's hoping you have a very successful opening. That you break both legs. Tom Jones.
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Alternate Versions

An alternate version, with about 40% of the footage replaced, without the fan interviews or convention, and with more concert and rehearsal footage, was produced in 2000. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Elvis: Viva Las Vegas (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Patch It Up
Written by Eddie Rabbitt & Rory Bourke
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Re-vamped 2001 edition is good...
3 March 2001 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

They cleaned up the print and soundtrack, got ridda interviews with the Velvet Elvis fan-clubs(the types who claim their Cats listen to the King), the array of Sammy Davis Jr. types in attendence, and put in more lost footage of Elvis jamming/rehearsing in LA with the band. There is a version of 'Get Back' that has to be heard-it medleys into 'Little Sister' and works great.

As for the Hotel Casino concert that follows-it's great, of course. He trots out the expected hits-'Heartbreak Hotel', 'Can't Help Falling in Love', 'Suspicious Minds', etc. the last a highlight along with 'In the Ghetto' and 'Polk Salad Annie'.

He is great form, both vocally, in front of the audience and with the band. Enjoyable also is the interplay between Elvis and Hardin, Scheff and Burton, a primo guitarist if there ever was one. You can also see Cissy Houston(Whitney's mom) as one of the Sweet Inspirations backing him up.

Too often Elvis the musician, singer and regular guy-as reg as he could ever be-gets shoved aside by the nightmarish late period stereotype we all know and dread. This goes a good deal towards correcting that.

*** outta ****-good show.


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