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With: Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Bing Russell, Robert Gray, Season Hubley, Pat Hingle, Melody Anderson, Ed Begley Jr., James Canning, Charles Cyphers, Peter Hobbs, Les Lannom, Elliott Street, Randy Gray, Will Jordan, Joe Mantegna, Galen Thompson, Ellen Travolta
Written by: Anthony Lawrence
Directed by: John Carpenter
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 170
Date: 02/11/1979

Elvis (1979)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

That's All Right

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Surprisingly, John Carpenter made this 3-hour TV movie in-between Halloween and The Fog. It sadly lacks authentic Memphis locations, and it omits some of the more tragic elements of Elvis Presley's life, but its focus on the King's complex relationships with his entourage and his loved ones is most interesting. Best of all, Kurt Russell is electrifying in the title role; it was the beginning of a long friendship and working relationship for the actor and director. In an inspired bit of casting, Shelley Winters plays Elvis's beloved mama. Shout! Factory released it on Blu-ray, but sadly, there's no option to watch it in its original TV broadcast ratio of 1:1.33; it has been enhanced for widescreen TVs.

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