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Protecting the King (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | 9 October 2007 (USA)
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Sex, drugs and violence--they're all part of the job when you're protecting The King of Rock & Roll. And when you're only 16, the on-the-job training comes in ways that can't be taught in ... See full summary »

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D. Edward Stanley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Barr ... David Stanley
Greg Collins ... NY Policeman
Tom Sizemore ... Ronnie
Peter Dobson ... Elvis Presley
Karl Hamann ... Assailant
Dey Young ... Dee
Brian Krause ... Jeff
Mark Rolston ... Frank
Max Perlich ... Darryl
John Bennett Perry ... Vernon Presley
Scott Vandiver ... Dr. Stern
Maggie McCollester ... Lou Ann (as Maggie Eilertson)
Katie A. Keane ... Barbara
Larry Tatum Larry Tatum ... Ed Parker
Joe Nicchi ... Larry Inman
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Sex, drugs and violence--they're all part of the job when you're protecting The King of Rock & Roll. And when you're only 16, the on-the-job training comes in ways that can't be taught in school. The story of David Stanley, stepbrother and bodyguard of The King. Through the dizzying highs and lows of life on the road with unlimited excess, he experienced it all...and barely survived. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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At 4, He Became My Brother. At 16, My Brother Became The King. See more »

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Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The HeadHunter See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Impello Films See more »
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Color
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Originally William Baldwin was set to play Elvis Presley on the film. See more »

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Boogie Fights…
15 July 2010 | by PACman66See all my reviews

From head to toe, this is one huge stink-burger of a film. Easily the worst movie about Elvis, and I've seen them all. With the WORST Elvis impersonator I've EVER seen on film. (Peter Dobson makes DON JOHNSON look like Elvis personified! Hell, I think Ron Howard could have done a better "King" ) Dobson looks like Charlie Sheen with a dead skunk sitting on his head, and he sounds more like Sly Stallone when he talks, over Presley. Because of the simple fact that you NEVER hear or see the name "Elvis", and never even hear instrumental muzak versions of ANY Elvis song, (all you hear is just bad/generic blues riffs…) Plus, ALL the names seem to have been changed… Why? The main person who would watch this flick would most likely already be an Elvis fan, and would already know who the "characters " are anyway. This all makes me doubt the whole story… What's B.S and what's real. It's like filming a movie about Watergate, yet calling the president at the time Jonathon Smith. I have an easier time believing Bubba-Hoetep was real, over this… (At least Bruce Campbell DID impersonate Elvis surprisingly well!)

I'm not being "Pollyannaish", I know Elvis was messed up individual, I've read every book I could get my hands on regarding "The King", including David Stanley's book. What's interesting is, Stanley's book was a testimonial on the evils of drugs, and how he became a born again Christian. You wouldn't ever guess that through watching this movie… It's a sea of excess, with only a passing reference to his spirituality at the very end.

It's as if David Stanley saw Boogie Nights, saw what a GREAT film is, regarding sex, drugs & rock & roll, and figured he could do the same type of picture, as there's already a built-in audience. Instead of the Porn world, it's rock and roll. Boogie Nights, which was a TOTAL immersive experience, with perfect acting, realism, fashions and music, I really felt I was in the late 70's watching that film (I'm 43, so I ought to know!) This film, however, is a sad wannabe. Serving Stanley's pocketbook and ego instead of honoring Elvis' memory. Sad and pathetic. The ONE good thing about this garbage dump of a movie? Danielle Keaton. She was really good in this pic... She kept me from giving this film the big goose egg.


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