- 2 hr 30 min
Elvis is a 1979 biographical drama film directed by John Carpenter that chronicles the life and career of the iconic American singer and actor, Elvis Presley. The film stars Kurt Russell in the lead role as Elvis Presley, Shelley Winters as Gladys Presley (Elvis' mother) and Bing Russell as Vernon Presley (Elvis' father). The film focuses primarily on Elvis' early years, from his birth in 1935 to his rise to fame in the 1950s. It explores his humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi, where he grew up in poverty with his parents and siblings. It depicts the close relationship Elvis had with his mother Gladys and how her untimely death affected him deeply for the rest of his life. As Elvis grows older, he continues to pursue his passion for music and eventually lands a record deal with Sun Records in Memphis. The film portrays the explosive impact Elvis had on the music industry during the 1950s, with his electrifying performances and unique blend of rock, country, and blues. Despite his success, Elvis struggles with personal demons, including his fear of losing his voice, his addiction to prescription drugs, and his tumultuous relationships with women, including his infamous affair with actress Ann-Margret. Throughout the film, viewers are treated to some of Elvis' most iconic performances, including renditions of classic hits like "Hound Dog," "Blue Suede Shoes," and "Jailhouse Rock." The film also highlights Elvis' relationship with his fans, who often mobbed him wherever he went. One of the highlights of the film is Kurt Russell's portrayal of Elvis, which is widely regarded as one of the best performances of his career. Russell captures the charisma and energy that made Elvis such an iconic figure, while also bringing depth and vulnerability to the role. Shelley Winters also delivers a standout performance as Gladys Presley. Her portrayal of Elvis' mother is both heartbreaking and inspiring, highlighting the sacrifices she made to support her son's dreams. The film also features a strong supporting cast, including Bing Russell as Vernon Presley, Pat Hingle as Colonel Tom Parker (Elvis' manager), and Ed Begley Jr. as drummer D.J. Fontana. Overall, Elvis is a powerful and engaging biopic that captures the essence of the legendary performer. With its memorable performances, stunning musical numbers, and touching portrayal of Elvis' life, the film is a must-see for fans of the King of Rock and Roll.