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Elvis The Movie (1979) John Carpenter Directed TV Movie Starring Kurt Russell As The King

I’m a big fan of John Carpenter, how did I not know this film existed before?

Snake Plissken as The King Elvis Presley.

Elvis is a 1979 television film by John Carpenter and is based upon the life of Elvis Presley, starring Kurt Russell in the title role. However, it ends in 1969 and does not depict the last few years of Presley’s life and career.

Elvis is notable in Carpenter’s career for two reasons. It was made after Halloween had wrapped, so it offered him an avenue to try his hand at a film away from the horror genre. It was also the first time Carpenter had worked with Russell, who became a frequent collaborator of Carpenter’s. Russell subsequently starred in Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Big Trouble in Little China (1985), and Escape from L.A. (1996).

Kurt Russell worked with and met Presley in the film It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963). In the film, Presley wants to meet the fairground’s nurse and he pays a young boy (Russell) to kick him in the shins. Later in the movie, the young boy sees Presley and the nurse together on a date and asks Presley if he can kick him again for money. Russell’s cinematic involvement with Presley also includes dubbing the voice of a young Presley in Forrest Gump and playing a Presley impersonator in 3000 Miles to Graceland.

Country singer Ronnie McDowell provided the vocals for a number of songs Russell performed in the film. McDowell recorded 36 songs for the soundtrack, but only 25 were used. Elvis originally aired on ABC opposite two blockbuster films; Gone with the Wind on CBS, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest on NBC. Despite this, Elvis beat both in the Nielson ratings, receiving a 27.3 rating compared to 24.3 and 22.5 respectively. Elvis was ranked the sixth most watched program of the week. According to several reports, Priscilla Presley was paid $50,000 to check the script for accuracy before shooting commenced.

Russell was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance as Presley. Also nominated for Emmy Awards were cinematographer Donald M. Morgan and make-up artist Marvin Westmore. Russell would later marry co-star Season Hubley on March 17, 1979. They were later divorced. Bing Russell, who played Vernon Presley, is Kurt Russell’s real father.For several years Bing played Deputy Clem Poster in the TV series “Bonanza”.

 

 

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God Speed You! Black Emperor (1976) Japanese Motorcycle Gang Documentary

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God Speed You! Black Emperor (ゴッド・スピード・ユー! BLACK EMPEROR) is a 1976 Japanese black-and-white 16 mm documentary film, 90 minutes long, by director Mitsuo Yanagimachi, which follows the exploits of a Japanese biker gang, the Black Emperors. 1970s Japan saw the rise of biker gangs, known as Bōsōzoku, which drew the interest of the media. The movie follows a member of the bike gang and his interaction with his parents, after he gets in trouble with the police.

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God Speed You! Black Emperor

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Psychomania (1972) aka The Death Wheelers – Bikers & Black Magic Ride with the Living Dead!

A gang of young people call themselves the Living Dead. They terrorize the population from their small town. After an agreement with the devil, if they kill themselves firmly believing in it, they will survive and gain eternal life. Following their leader, they commit suicide one after the other, but things don’t necessarily turn out as expected.

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Tom Latham enjoys riding his motorcycle with his girlfriend and loves his mother dearly, but Tom is no ordinary fellow, he is the leader of a violent, occult motorcycle gang appropriately titled “The Living Dead”. His mother and her sinister butler get their kicks out of holding séances in their home. Through her and following in his father’s footsteps, Tom makes a pact with the devil to return from the dead. One by one, he and his fellow bikers commit suicide with the goal of returning as one of the “undead”. Not all succeed. The ones who do gather together at a secret place called “The Seven Witches”, which refers to a circle of standing stones, after which they continue to terrorize the locals.

This was one of the last films of George Sanders, who committed suicide soon after making this film, in April 1972.

Despite being a very popular film amongst fans of cult British cinema, Nicky Henson is publicly very critical of Psychomania.

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Documentary on the making of Psychomania

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