Published on July 5, 2016
Elvis is a 1979 American television biographical film directed by John Carpenter. It is based upon the life of Elvis Presley, and stars Kurt Russell in the title role. It stars Shelley Winters, Season Hubley, Bing Russell and Pat Hingle in supporting roles. Elvis originally aired on ABC.
Russell was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance as Elvis. Also nominated for Emmy Awards were cinematographer Donald M. Morgan and make-up artist Marvin Westmore.[1
The story follows the life of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley. It ends in 1970, and does not depict the last few years of Presley’s career. However, there is an example of in continuity seeing as the last song Presley performs at his 1970 concert is “American Trilogy”, a song he did not release, or include in any concerts, until 1972.
There is more than one version of this film: a version that starts with Presley’s hair being cut when he was called up by the US army, and then death of his mother, with no scenes of his life before this, has been shown on TV in the UK. It runs for about two hours including commercials.