King Creole

King Creole

DVD - 2000
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Rated PG.
A New Orleans teenager struggles to graduate from high school while working at a sleazy French Quarter club to support his family.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c2000
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780792164845
0792164849
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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CatherineLow
Oct 12, 2016

I loved this movie I think Elvis Presley did a very brilliant job in this film even though he also did brilliant job in all of his movies the fact that he is one of the best singers of all time and I love him so much and I miss him

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ThomasJWhiting
May 19, 2016

VERY GOOD 1958 film which shows the substantial dramatic acting ability of Elvis. The role was originally written for James Dean who had unfortunately tragically died in 1955. No doubt Elvis was challenged to meet the high acting standards set by another 50's star who had appeared in such films as highly recommended 'Rebel Without a Cause', 'Giant' (and more).
The film is based on the 1952 novel 'A Stone for Danny Fisher' by Harold Robbins but Danny is changed from a boxer to a singer - and the setting moves from New York to New Orleans. The film is quite a celebration of contributions of Southern entertainment in Big Easy's Bourbon Street.
It was fun/interesting to see a young Vic Morrow as Shark; and Carolyn Jones as Ronnie, Dolores Hart as Nellie, and, for me, Liliane Montevecchi in a minor role as a leggy dancer at King Creole Club; that's her pictured with Elvis on the cover of the DVD box.
There are several entertaining rock songs (of course) integrated into the primarily dramatic film, including 'Dixieland Rock', 'I'm Evil', title song 'King Creole' and others.
The film has a high quality New Orleans setting, with great street shots, etc., including a fun repeated sequence of cart vendors hawking 'turtles, berries, and gumbo'.
Apparently Elvis said this was his favorite of all his film roles, many of which were kind of insubstantial in light weight productions. I now have to add substantial acting ability to my assessment of Elvis' talent - and further appreciate his standing as one of most successful male entertainment figures of the 50's.
It's funny the things I notice when watching these older films. During the 'King Creole' song sequence, there is an excellent brief lead guitar part, but instead of showing the actual lead guitarist, they stay on Elvis, who does an clumsy/unrealistic fingering imitation.
And speaking of odd film sequences, when I saw 'Thunder Road' a couple nights ago, there is a car chase/crash sequence with Robert Mitchum driving and rolling his hot rod and, in one instant clip, the car changes from being stationary and upside down, back to right side up and rolling on.
For me, part of the enjoyment of watching all these older films on DVD it the ability to stop and quickly go back and review (did I see what I thought I saw?) scenes which have flashed by,

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VcrRocker
Aug 19, 2015

Elvis the dramatic actor loses points when he jumps into song...and a corny song at that. You feel like this movie will be the template for all the other rom-coms he made over the next 15 years. It was more intriguing to watch than the movie being fun. Elvis fans will enjoy the film. And yes, I'm an Elvis fan. Try this movie....you'll like it.

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