Some guys have all the luck. But this year, Byron (Johnathon Schaech) isn't one of them. While driving away his past in a beat-up old Cadillac, he picks up an eccentric (Harvey Keitel) on his way to Memphis. Normal enough,... more » except that this drifter believes he is the real Elvis and that he's headed home to Graceland. During the surreal and intense collision course that follows, this odd couple side swipes every emotion in the gamut. And after Byron unmasks a Marilyn Monroe look-alike (Bridget Fonda), there's no denying the most powerful emotion of them all. An exceptional cast adds extra grace and heart to this original and moving film, which also boasts one of the most memorable "Elvis" performances of all time!« less
"I rented this because I am always fascinated by what Harvey Keitel is capable of. He's an extraordinary chance-taker which he proves admirably here. After I stopped laughing until I was in tears at his Elvis impersonater competition, I replayed the scene several times. How far from the real Elvis can one be? And yet, and yet.....what passion and fun he created bumping, grinding, posing, flying around the stage in his too short cape, making fun of himself, the actor, yet commanding the situation with such assurance and verve that he revived the Elvis he was parodying in a vivid portrait of a man in love with his song. The story line was good. But something was missing. Maybe we should have learned more about the man who thought he was Elvis. More about the woman who chose to be Marilyn Monroe. We imbue icons with eternal life, and if we become them, even for a little while, maybe some of that rubs off on us. But then, if the movie went that route, it would be a different movie. This one is fun - interesting - and will leave you with a good feeling. Kind of rare today. Watch it. You'll like it."
A sweet story about the return from an injured soul
Fettastic | Madison, WI USA | 08/17/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"ok, so I'm a little sappy. It's just that movies today are so cynical, it's refreshing to see a movie about overcoming demons instead of indulging them. A hitchhiker who calls himself Elvis (Harvey Keitel) meets a traveler (Schaech) who reluctantly gives him a ride. Despite many rejections, the two develop a kind of odd friendship. They look out for each other. Schaech is morning the loss of his wife in a car accident, when he meets a Maralyn Monroe impersonator (Bridget Fonda) who is part of a lounge act at a casino on their journey to Memphis. The real fun of this movie is Keitel's performance. No matter what the role, he always gives you something of interest. He doesn't look like Elvis, he doesn't really talk like Elvis, and there is a definite question as to if Elvis would ever act like this; but it is fun. Schaech is a good straight man, and Fonda gives us more reasons to daydream about meeting her. All in all this was a good movie with top notch performances, that didn't feel the need to weigh itself too heavily with a message."
A movie for Elvis Fans
Patsy J. Hug | Lake Isabella, CA USA | 07/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I cried my eyes out. I love this movie. It doesn't matter that Harvey Keitel does not look like Elvis. Elvis came back to do what he loved to do, help people. There are hints all the way through this movie that true Elvis fans will recognize as Elvis trivia. The soundtrack is wonderful. From the frist notes of the music at the end of the movie, I knew the answer to all the question the movie asked. I have watched this movie at least 15 times and find something new in it each time. Anyone who wants to "find Graceland" will find it in this movie. I thank Priscilla for understanding what it would mean to all of us who still love Elvis, and endorsing it."
Elvis is still "Taking Care of Business"
Ron Wise | Cleveland, MS USA | 04/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one amazing little gem of a movie. It came and went without much fanfare, but a lot of movies worth seeing do that. They can't all be blockbusters.Harvey Keitel as "Elvis" only goes to show the genius of Keitel the actor and the man. The exterior of Keitel's character believes he's Elvis up to a point, the interior knows there is something spiritual inhabiting his very being. That spirit could very well be the real spirit of Elvis who has come back to earth to right a few wrongs and continue to change lives.Keitel was never meant to look, talk, act, or sing like Elvis. That's the beauty of it all. Where Keitel becomes Elvis is how he interacts with the people he meets and leaves them uplifted.Bridget Fonda plays a sweet young woman who impersonates Marilyn Monroe for a living, mostly in Vegas, but sometimes traveling around the casino circuit. At Robinsonville, Mississippi's Hollywood Casino (yes, these places are real), she meets Keitel and the emotionally shattered Johnathon Schaech, still mourning the death of his young wife from a year ago.Eventually, all make it to Memphis only a few miles from the Hollywood Casino where the spirit of Elvis also lives in his home and grounds known as Graceland. This is a film authorized by the Presley Estate, so the viewer will get to see the real interior of Graceland from angles that tourists don't get to see.This movie will make most viewers laugh and cry. There's a little something here for everyone. In fact you don't even have to be an Elvis fan to enjoy this film. I recommend it highly."
Jill | Ohio, USA | 07/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have watched this movie no less than 20 times and each time, I find something clever I missed from the last. It is witty, touching, intriguing and memorable. It takes Elvis' memory and generosity and shows how that kindness still lives on and touches people to this day. A MUST SEE for your spirit, and a MUST BUY for that Elvis fan you may know! Also has GREAT footage of Graceland, inside the mansion and out."