This Is Elvis


1h 41m 1981
This Is Elvis

Brief Synopsis

Staged scenes and vintage clips re-create Elvis Presley's life.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Documentary
Biography
Music
Release Date
1981

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m

Synopsis

The life and career of Elvis Presley are chronicled. Presley is seen in home movies, concert footage, and some of the events in his life are dramatized by actors. Subjects that are highlighted include his early performances, his time in the army, his appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show which was controversial at the time, his marriage, his comeback concert in 1968, and the deterioration of his health due to drugs which lead to his death.

Crew

Robert Allen

Production Associate

Paul Anka

Theme Lyrics

Mae Boren Axton

Song

Lou Baxter

Song

The Beatles

Song Performer

Roy C. Bennett

Song

Jessica Berman-bogdan

Researcher

Chuck Berry

Song

Joey Bishop

Song Performer

Otis Blackwell

Song

Jackie Brenston

Song

Jim Breshears

Sound Effects Editor

George Brown

Song

Albert Brumley

Song

Charles Calhoun

Song

Johnny Christopher

Song

Cy Coleman

Song

John J Connor

Camera Operator

Arthur Crudup

Song

Donna Daves

Production Associate

Sammy Davis Jr.

Song Performer

Scott Davis

Song

Claude Demetruis

Song

Mike Denecke

Sound

Bea Dennis

Post-Production Supervisor

Carl Douglas

Song Performer

Carl Douglas

Song

Tommy Durden

Song

Glenn Farr

Editor

Carol Fleischer

Researcher

Claude Francois

Song

Bud Friedgen

Editor

Ron Furmanek

Researcher

Harry Godwin

Song

Lou Handman

Song

Jill Hawkins

Researcher

Janet Haymen

Researcher

Margaret Henry

Researcher

Gil Hubbs

Photography

Gil Hubbs

Camera

Charles Hughes

Set Decorator

Mark James

Song

Hal Kanter

Other

Irving Katoni

Production Associate

Gregg Landaker

Sound

Jerry Leiber

Song

Carolyn Leigh

Song

John Lennon

Song

Malcolm Leo

Producer

Malcolm Leo

Screenplay

Furry Lewis

Song

Furry Lewis

Song Performer

Bernie Lowe

Song

Kal Mann

Song

Rose Mark

Song

Steve Maslow

Sound

Vera Matson

Song

Paul Mccartney

Song

Johnny Moore

Song

Mickey Newbury

Music Arranger

Michael Ochs

Researcher

Col. Tom Parker

Technical Advisor

Herman Parker

Song

Carl Perkins

Song

Bonnie Peterson

Associate Producer

Samantha Phillips

Song

Jerome Pomus

Song

Hal Potter

Researcher

Elvis Presley

Song

Elvis Presley

Song Performer

William Raskin

Song

Bix Reichner

Song

Jacques Revaux

Song

Lorin Salob

Unit Production Manager

Auriel Sanderson

Production Coordinator

Phillip Savenick

Video

Walter Scharf

Music

Jerry Schilling

Consultant

Mort Shuman

Song

George Sidney

Other

Frank Sinatra

Song Performer

Myrna Smith

Other

Andrew Solt

Producer

Andrew Solt

Screenplay

Rob Stein

Assistant Director

Mike Stoller

Song

Billy Strange

Song

Norman Taurog

Other

Frank Tauss

Costumes

George Taylor

Post-Production

Sid Tepper

Song

The Jordanaires

Other

Lucien Thibault

Song

Wayne C Thompson

Song

Richard B Thorpe

Other

Judy Truchan

Costumes

Roy Turk

Song

Lou Willie Turner

Song

Wesley Van Eaton

Production Associate

James Van Heusen

Song

Bill Varney

Sound

William E. Ward

Song

Marty Wareski

Song

Sid Wayne

Song

Robert Webb

Other

Kathy Westmoreland

Other

Tony Joe White

Song

John Whittle

Assistant Director

Rod Wilson

Makeup

David L. Wolper

Executive Producer

Mark M. Wolper

Production Associate

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Documentary
Biography
Music
Release Date
1981

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m

Articles

This Is Elvis


Released four years after Elvis Presley's death, this documentary offers a surprisingly even-handed take on the King's career. Alongside reenactments of scenes from his life, featuring four different actors playing Presley at various ages, are musical performances and interviews tracing his rise from unpromising beginnings in Tennessee to the years of film and recording stardom to his amazing return to live performance in 1969. Even as it traces his rise to stardom, the film also catches the growing drug dependency that would take his life. That makes it even more surprising that the documentary was made with the full cooperation of the King's manager, Col. Tom Parker, who gave them access to rare and previously unseen footage, including Elvis' own home movies. The filmmakers also managed to film within his legendary estate, Graceland. Although the narration seems to be in Elvis' voice, it actually is provided by rock singer and sometime Presley impersonator Ral Donner. Other actors provide the voices of Presley's wife, Priscilla, mother and father. The soundtrack features 29 of the King's classics, including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel," "Jailhouse Rock," "Viva! Las Vegas," "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" and "My Way."

By Frank Miller
This Is Elvis

This Is Elvis

Released four years after Elvis Presley's death, this documentary offers a surprisingly even-handed take on the King's career. Alongside reenactments of scenes from his life, featuring four different actors playing Presley at various ages, are musical performances and interviews tracing his rise from unpromising beginnings in Tennessee to the years of film and recording stardom to his amazing return to live performance in 1969. Even as it traces his rise to stardom, the film also catches the growing drug dependency that would take his life. That makes it even more surprising that the documentary was made with the full cooperation of the King's manager, Col. Tom Parker, who gave them access to rare and previously unseen footage, including Elvis' own home movies. The filmmakers also managed to film within his legendary estate, Graceland. Although the narration seems to be in Elvis' voice, it actually is provided by rock singer and sometime Presley impersonator Ral Donner. Other actors provide the voices of Presley's wife, Priscilla, mother and father. The soundtrack features 29 of the King's classics, including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel," "Jailhouse Rock," "Viva! Las Vegas," "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" and "My Way." By Frank Miller

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring May 1, 1981

television extract "Elvis in Concert" (1977)

3&w and color

television extract "Dorsey Show" (1956)

Released in United States Spring May 1, 1981