"Elvis on Tour" is an award-winning documentary depicting famous rock and roll singer Elvis Presley on a concert tour. It was the last film featuring Presley to be released before his death in 1977. The movie was co-directed by Robert Abel and Pierre Adidge. The film is mainly composed of a fifteen stop tour that Presley embarked on in the spring of 1972. It also features older footage of Elvis's famous appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, as well as a humorous look at his various acting gigs. Presley was interviewed by the crew before the beginning of the filmed tour and footage of this is included as well. The movie also features many excited reaction shots of fans attending the concerts. Presley was paid one million dollars to participate in the film, which was more than the entire production budget.
Presley is depicted performing numerous songs live during the course of the film. No soundtrack has ever been officially released because the tracks were already available in other formats. The songs Elvis performs include "Johnny B. Goode", "Love Me Tender", "Burning Love", and "Proud Mary".
"Elvis on Tour" proved to be a box office success. Its level of commercial success was unusual for a documentary. The film made back its budget after its first weekend in theaters. Presley was offered roles in several subsequent films, but turned them all down.
The movie was also a critical success, making it one of the few films starring Presley to be admired by film critics. "Elvis on Tour" received the Golden Globe for Best Documentary in 1972. It is the only film featuring Presley to win a major award.
After being available on VHS for many years, "Elvis on Tour" was finally released on DVD in 2010. Its release was timed to coincide with what would have been Presley's 75th birthday.