Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Stay Away Joe|
Actors: Elvis Presley, Burgess Meredith, Joan Blondell, Katy Jurado, Thomas Gomez
Genres: Westerns, Comedy, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
A half-Native American rodeo champ returns to the reservation to help his people prove they can be responsible cattlemen and finds that the bull sent to them for breeding has been slaughtered to celebrate his homecoming. B... more »
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The JuRK | Our Vast, Cultural Desert | 09/08/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Before people lose their minds about the title of my review, just think about this: I genuinely wonder how the Native American community viewed this film when it was released. Sure, the stereotypes we see in STAY AWAY, JOE are now considered highly offensive--that Native Americans are irresponsible and alcoholic and such--but were they thrilled to be shown in a movie where they weren't getting shot off a horse by John Wayne?
As politically-incorrect as these images are, I gotta say that there was something...hip...about this nonstop party. I'd be really curious to find out how Native Americans felt about this movie when it came out.
Elvis chasing two beautiful Indian girls in Sedona's spectacular red rock country plays like a dream. Although most of the humor dropped with a thud for me, I did get a chuckle out of Elvis running off to the same liquor store with a carload of girls every time his character got a hold of a couple bucks.
I'm not saying this is a great movie.
But I think I'd enjoy it again before signing up for the guilt-heapin' pretensions of the Billy Jack films.
Maybe if Elvis had been Billy Jack....
Cigar smokin', beer drinkin', womanizing Elvis
Daniel Halifko | orlando, florida USA | 05/19/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Stay Away, Joe was filmed in the beautiful Sedona, Az area circa
1968. The aesthetic value of enjoying this unspoiled scenery is
worth the price of admission or price of the video.
A departure from the previous Elvis formula movie...Elvis drinks
beer, smokes cigars, puts the moves on every women he sees, regardless if she is spoken for or not. Oddly enough, Elvis
does not "get the girl." in the end.
Stay Away, Joe is totally slapstick, silly, outrageously camp.
The indian stereotypes are politcially incorrect by today's standards. But both whiteman and indians are portrayed as boozing, brawling buffoons.
This is perhaps the worst editing I ever saw in a film. Fight
scenes and dance scenes and at time the music soundtrack is
uneven and incongruous. Burgess Meredith portrays Elvis' indian
father and is without a doubt the worst makeup job ever fimed.
His makeup looks like it was applied with a putty knife.
Surprisingly Elvis sings only 4 songs. "Stay Away" set to the tune of "Greenselves" starts with the opening credits with an
aerial view of Sedona and beautiful redrock formations. Another
is "All I Needed Was This Rain" a slow tempo blusey number positions Elvis out in a rainstorm with four canine companions.
And "Dominique" a silly little ditty set to a suggestive seductive romp up the canyon, where two women wear Elvis out.
All in all a pretty silly, low budget and poorly edited film.
The humor is arcane, inane and most certainly dated. But dated to a much simpler time in America when humor was less sophisticated, uncomplicated and unchallenged by the ethical and moral morass of today. Buy it if you are an Elvis fan."
More than 100 minutes of pure fun !
Blue Boy | Noisy-le-Grand | 06/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must say I decided to review this film because it had so much negative reviews. I LOVE this film. It's pure fun and completely crazy and it's fine like that. If you want to watch an art film, don't watch an Elvis Presley film.
I would really like this film to be released on DVD. I don't understand it's not on DVD yet as you can find horrible Elvis films like HARUM SCARUM or FRANKIE AND JOHNNY already on DVD. As I'm writing this review the following Elvis films have not been released on DVD yet: KISSIN' COUSINS, TICKLE ME, LIVE A LITTLE, STAY AWAY JOE and ELVIS ON TOUR. With the exception of COUSINS, the other four films are among Elvis's best.
STAY AWAY JOE is a fun film to watch but it's sure that you won't like it if you don't like Elvis. So if you don't like Elvis, stay away!"
NEVER LOOK BACK
zacksnana | 01/01/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I GUESS THIS MOVIE MUST HAVE BEEN THE MOST EMBARRACING MOVIE MADE BY ELVIS. IT ALMOST FAILS ON ALL COUNTS AS A MOVIE,PRODUCTION,SCRIPT AND PLOT.ELVIS USE TO REFER TO MOVIES HE WOULD LIKE TO FORGET,AND SADLY ENOUGH THIS IS ONE OF THEM.THE MOVIE ALMOST STEALS THE CHARISMA AND CHARM OF ELVIS,BY FORCING HIM TO ACT OUT SILLY ROLES AND READ RIDICULAS SCRIPTS.IRONICALLY I WOULD STILL RECOMMEND THIS FILM TO ANY ELVIS FAN BECAUSE THIS FILM WAS A CHANGING POINT IN HIS CAREER WHICH LEAD HIM BACK TO SINGING.JUST WATCHING THIS FILM IT BECOMES APPARENT ELVIS HAS LOST INTEREST IN ACTING.ITS SAD TO SEE A GREAT MAN HAVE TO PUT HIMSELF TO SHAME IN FILM LIKE THIS."