The life of American music icon Elvis Presley, from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
Jan 27, 2023 | Theatrical Wide (3,932 locations)
Country of Origin: United States
Las Vegas, January 1997.Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks) collapses in his home from an apparent stroke. He is rushed to the hospital. As he lays dying in a hospital bed, news outlets remember him as a liar, a cheat, and a con man. Parker himself begins to narrate. He acknowledges that while many will paint him as the villain, he considers himself the man who gave the world the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Aaron Presley (Austin Butler).In a flashback to Las Vegas in the 1970’s, at the International Hotel. Elvis is barely able to stand, with his entourage dunking his head into ice cold water to get him on his feet. Parker shows up and declares that the most important thing is that Elvis be able to get up on that stage. Despite the chaos, Elvis manages to get up and perform “An American Trilogy” to an amazed crowd. While Parker continues his tale, he is seen walking alone through an empty casino. The same news outlets reporting Parker’s demise also blame him for what happened to Elvis, but he firmly argues against those claims.Parker begins narrating his tale in the mid-1950’s, where he, an undocumented Dutch immigrant, worked at a carnival for country-western singer Hank Snow (David Wenham). Hank’s son Jimmie Rodgers (Kodi-Smit McPhee) shows up with a record that has a country kind of sound to it. While the others in the crowd seem to like the tune, Hank and Parker don’t think the music is marketable since it sounds like music played by African-American folks. Jimmie informs them that the song is being sung by a white man, and Parker suddenly becomes interested.By Parker’s account, he first encountered Elvis at a musical performance at one of Hank’s shows for a radio performance, where the young man was nervous about getting onstage. He was encouraged by his mother Gladys (Helen Thomson) to get up there, saying that someone named Jesse is watching them. Parker explains in narration that Jesse was Elvis’s twin brother who died in childbirth. Through his account, it is shown that Elvis’s father Vernon (Richard Roxburgh) was incarcerated due to his shady dealings, and Elvis would get lost in comics and pretend he would do what he could to free his father. His favorite hero was Shazam (back when he was still known as Captain Marvel). As a kid, Elvis (here played by Chaydon Jay). He befriended black children and found himself enchanted by soulful black music. As an adult in the early 1950’s, Elvis worked at Sun Records to make music and support his family.At the performance, everyone gets ready to watch Elvis go up and show what he’s got. While he is initially mocked by the crowd, he immediately charms the ladies in the crowd with his voice and his gyrating hips. While the female crowd is amazed by Elvis, the older crowd is put off and considers him indecent.Elvis soon joins Hank’s musical tour across the south, with Parker following him in an attempt to win him over. Elvis continues to draw hordes of female admirers, but Hank views him as being inappropriate for the crowd he wants to attract. At a carnival, Parker finds Elvis in a house of mirrors and talks to him on the ferris wheel. He tells Elvis that Hank wants to get rid of him, but Parker assures Elvis he can take him to new heights. Elvis, driven by his desire to help his family, agrees to work with Parker. The two even convince Gladys and Vernon to join, with Vernon being appointed to the management position of the newly founded Presley Enterprises.While Gladys is uncertain about Elvis venturing into a new career with music, he convinces her that he can make something of himself. Before making it big in music, Elvis works as a truck driver, but he is still amazed by black performers on Beale Street in Memphis like BB King (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and Big Mama Thornton (Shonka Dukureh), the latter who sings the song “Hound Dog”, which Elvis likes the sound of. His employers at Sun Records also encourage Elvis to strike out on his own.Elvis’s star begins to rise as his popularity takes off, and with Parker’s help, he is able to move his parents to a mansion, Graceland which is located near Memphis. Parker also develops Elvis merchandise, including pins that say “I hate Elvis” because even hate can make them some money. However, despite his success, the sexual nature of Elvis’s dance moves and the way that he captivates the female audience puts a concern on parents and elected officials, who dub him “Elvis The Pelvis”. Senator James Eastland (Nicholas Bell) personally rallies against Elvis and Parker, demanding that he clean up his act or go to jail.Elvis is made to wear more appropriate clothing (compared to what a butler wears), and his music is toned down, which disappoints his fans and angers Elvis for having to be held back. This also causes a strain between Elvis and Gladys, the latter who has fallen into alcoholism. He drives down to Beale Street and hangs out with BB King and other black folks, where they watch Little Richard (Alton Mason) perform. Elvis and BB talk outside, where BB says that there are too many people profiting off of Elvis to try and put him in jail for how he performs, so he encourages him to do whatever he wants to do.Elvis is driven to a concert, where he is ordered to not do so much as wiggle a finger, or he will be arrested. As Elvis gets onstage, he remembers BB’s words and addresses the audience, saying nobody is going to change him, and the crowd goes wild. He begins to perform “Trouble” and the ladies in the audience go crazy as he wiggles his hips. Parker is horrified, and he orders security to pull Elvis offstage, where he is arrested.In 1958, Elvis is soon threatened with going to jail for indecency, but he is given the option to serve overseas in West Germany. Gladys fears for her son’s safety, and she eventually dies. At her funeral, reporters try to get statements from Elvis, but both he and Vernon are too heartbroken to face anybody, and Elvis is left sitting in his mother’s closet, sobbing against her clothes. Parker steps in and convinces him to step outside for the sake of Gladys, saying that everything she sacrificed for her son will be for nothing.By 1959, Elvis is serving in West Germany, where he meets Priscilla Wagner (Olivia DeJonge), the teenage daughter of an army pilot. Other people in the area like to catch a glimpse of Elvis, though he enjoys spending his private time with Priscilla, as he begins to fall in love with her.In the 1960’s, Elvis makes his comeback to the United States by appearing as an actor in films in Hollywood, California beginning with “Love Me Tender”. Parker notes that people only want to watch Elvis sing, so he is featured as a singer in more films. Elvis and Priscilla get married in 1967, and they have a daughter, Lisa Marie. Elvis later develops his own entourage, the “Memphis Mafia”, which includes Priscilla, his friend Jerry Schilling (Luke Bracey), and several others. During his time on the road, Elvis learns about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 1968 While Parker tells him it has nothing to do with them, Elvis believes it has everything to do with them. Elvis is introduced to Steve Binder (Dacre Montgomery) by Jerry, with Steve wanting to help Elvis out with his work.Parker books Elvis for a Christmas special on NBC where the producers want him to do a clean show and sing “Here Comes Santa Clause”. Instead, Elvis performs many of his biggest hits, like “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Jailhouse Rock”. At some point during a break, Elvis and company learn about the assassination of Robert Kennedy, which also deeply unnerves Elvis. Parker breaks it up and orders Elvis to do a Christmas song, since the producers won’t pay him otherwise, and Parker will drop Elvis. The next night of the show, Elvis performs “If I Can Dream” as a protest song, and it becomes another big hit.A little later in 1970, Parker then brings Elvis to Las Vegas at the International Hotel, where the owners want to have Elvis there as a permanent headline performer. After scoring a huge payment for Elvis, Parker is then told that as long as Elvis performs at the International, Parker will have his debts wiped clean and have an endless line of credit (for gambling in the casinos). However, Elvis wants to start traveling and performing internationally, which Parker refuses to allow since he is undocumented, which was brought up earlier when he was confronted by Senator Eastland who made a background check on Parker. During his tenure at the hotel, Priscilla watches as Elvis kisses other women. Parker also orders tighter security due to Elvis getting death threats, as well as crazed fans trying to rush him onstage.In 1973, Elvis attempts to cut ties with Parker by firing him as his manager, only to be sued by him later on. Vernon tells Elvis that he owes over $8 million to Parker and the record label for his numerous and lavish expenses. Elvis angrily confronts Parker, but has no choice but to keep him on. The stress drives Elvis to a pill addiction and alcoholism, and he grows increasingly paranoid. During one of his shows, he publicly calls Parker out as someone who is keeping him caged up there, and he walks offstage after the curtain drops. In 1974, Priscilla ends up divorcing Elvis due to his addiction, as well as him not being there for Lisa Marie.By the mid 1970’s, Elvis is age 40, and he has started gaining weight. His health is also in serious decline. He and Parker rarely see each other from this point onward as Elvis’s tours take up most of his time. Elvis is on a airport runway with Priscilla and Lisa Marie before he has to leave them again to go out on tour. Priscilla asks him to go to a special clinic that she heard about for his prescription drug addictions, at least for the sake of Lisa Marie, but Elvis says he cannot due to his touring and lavish spending of money. Priscilla tearfully leaves him for the last time before he boards his plane.In August 1977, Elvis dies at the age of 42 from a heart attack at his Graceland home. Fans all around the world pay tribute to him, and a statement is given by President Jimmy Carter to memorialize him. Parker’s final narration states that he doesn’t think it was the pills or alcohol, or even himself that killed Elvis, but rather, it was the love that Elvis desired from his fans. He also notes that he still got to see Elvis perform one last time before his death. Elvis is shown appearing obese and worn out, but he still manages to belt out “Unchained Melody” to an adoring crowd.Back in 1997, the aged Parker takes his final breath and quietly passes away.The ending text states that Colonel Tom Parker’s greed and abuse of Elvis was made known in a series of lawsuits in the 1980s after Elvis’ death. Although he tried to defend himself, Parker wound up spending his final years in disgrace, gambling away and pouring what little remained of his fortune into Vegas slot machines. Meanwhile, Elvis Presley is still the highest-selling solo artist of all time, and his influence and legacy on music continues to this day.
Elvis Presley , from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker . Elvis follows the story of infamous rock ‘n’ roll star Elvis Presley seen through the eyes of his controversial manager Colonel Tom Parker. The film explores Elvis Presley’s highs and lows and the many challenges and controversies he received throughout his career. — VooDoo The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge). From his rise to fame to his unprecedented superstardom, rock ‘n’ roll icon Elvis Presley maintains a complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker, over the course of 20 years. Central to Presley’s journey and happiness is one of the most influential people in his life — — jepstein13 Almost half a century after his untimely death on August 16, 1977, in Memphis, Tennessee, the dysfunctional relationship between Elvis Presley , The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and his long-time manager Colonel Tom Parker continues to stir controversy. To clear his name and set the record straight about his involvement with Elvis’s rise to fame and career, a dying, penniless Parker awakens alone in a Las Vegas hospital room in 1997, with his mind filled with memories. As the colonel reminisces about their eventful, two-decade-long love/hate relationship, elements of Elvis Presley ‘s story–from the singer’s humble roots, Parker’s first encounter with Presley in 1955, the influence of black music, country, gospel, and blues–unfold. On his deathbed, Tom Parker looks back on other pivotal landmarks of their career path, including Elvis’s military service in West Germany, his focus on a new movie career, and the performer’s marriage to Priscilla Presley . Of course, the former manager calls to mind Elvis Presley ‘s return to live performances with the 1968 televised Christmas concert, Elvis: The Comeback Special (1968) , the 5-year residency in the International Hotel, Las Vegas, and the last Nebraska concert on June 20, 1977, at the Pershing Municipal Auditorium, Lincoln. Elvis Presley rocked the stage in an unrivalled last performance on June 26, 1977, at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, only six weeks before his death. — Nick Riganas 1 more All