Immortal heartthrob Elvis Presley stars as Walter Gulick, an ex-G.I. who returns to his rustic hometown in upstate New York looking for work as an auto mechanic. Ambitious but na´ve, he's reluctantlyroped into becoming a b... more »oxer by dubious manager-turned-innkeeper Willy Grogan (Oscar(r)-winner Gig Young, 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They,' 1969 Best Supporting Actor). With his loyal trainer Lew Nyack (screen legend Charles Bronson) at his side, the iron-jawed, anvil-fisted Elvis quickly becomes the top-drawing champion "Kid Galahad." But when the mob tries to muscle in on the action, the cool-headed fighter is forced to pull no punches in the ultimate bout to protect his honor and his dreams. Themesmerizing voice of Elvis, a romantic soundtrack, and breathtaking scenery makes this popular musical remake a knockout hit for the entire family.« less
"I was thrilled to see my favorite Elvis film coming out on DVD. This is truly one of the best of Elvis! Not only is the story great, but the songs are all terrific. Elvis shines in his portrayal of Walter Gulick, a now former soldier who becomes a boxer. The rest of the cast is also terrific, mainly Gig Young and a supporting role by Charles Bronson. Once again, Joan Blackman (from Blue Hawaii) plays Elvis's love interest- If you have only seen Elvis in some of the silly films from the 60's than you need to see Kid Galahad, you will see the true actor in Elvis...if only he had been given the chance to do more dramatic roles he might have been more appreciated for his acting and not just his singing."
An unfairly treated ELVIS " movie.
Movie Nut | 05/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"from the very first time i saw this film, i've been convinced that Elvis can act as well as sing. Unfortunately, he was not given too many chances to do so. His performance is credible, noteworthy, and unforgettable. The up-state NEW YORK scenery is beautiful,the veteran actors also in the movie- GIG YOUNG, CHARLES BRONSON, ED ASNER, all give outstanding performances.
The songs may have been few, KING OF THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, I GOT LUCKY, etc, but still Elvis at his best.This movie is my favorite Elvis flick hands down. PLEASE MGM produce this movie on DVD FULLSCREEN AND WIDESCREEN 5:1 DOLBY DIGITAL . DO IT SOON, FOR I WANT TO ADD IT TO MY COLLECTION. THANKS,oldugly1911"
Elvis Presley at his VERY BEST
CD King | Asia | 10/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is definately one of Elvis Presley very best movie. I love it. He is at his singing best, fighting best and acting best! This is Classic Elvis. I'm so happy that this gem of a movie is finally available on DVD."
Elvis' best from United Artists.
Josh P. | 11/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Kid Galahad" stars Elvis as an ex-G.I. who comes back to his hometown in upper state New York. Beautiful scenery, I might add. He wants to be an auto mechanic after returning from the Army, but instead he's reluctantly roped into being trained to be a boxer. Elvis has an anvil-fist and an iron jaw. Soon, he becomes boxing champ nicknamed "Kid Galahad". Joan Blackman returns and plays Elvis' love interest and the sister of the boxing camp owner Gig Young. Great picture formula, great songs and beautiful and breathtaking mountain scenery. Recommend this must-see to everyone."
Excellent Boxing Movie
Carl Savich | Detroit, MI, USA | 09/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"KID GALAHAD (1962) is an excellent boxing movie. If you liked the ROCKY series, you will enjoy this movie of an ex-GI who has a winning knock-out punch. Elvis is credible as a boxer. The rags to riches story also rings true. Elvis himself rose from poverty to become the most popular and successful performer in the world.
The opening scene sequence is unforgettable with Elvis riding on the back of a Mayflower truck singing KING OF THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. There are six songs including I GOT LUCKY. Musically, Elvis is in top form in this movie.
This is a remake of a 1937 movie that starred Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson. The 1937 version was directed by Michael Curtiz who directed CASABLANCA and the Elvis movie KING CREOLE in 1958. The movie examines the corruption that was endemic to boxing and the gambling and crime associated with it.
Oscar-winner Gig Young is excellent as the promoter and DEATH WISH's Charles Bronson gives a spectacular performance as the trainer.
Elvis' acting is very good here although he is not really allowed to show his acting chops. It was a wasted opportunity. The hard edges and the harsher aspects of boxing were toned down. This movie could have been a breakout role for Elvis, but he was not allowed to show his full dramatic range. His image as a happy-go-lucky, safe entertainer had to be maintained at the expense of a strong dramatic performance. In short, Elvis was not allowed to develop and explore the dramatic depths of his character. Compared to ROCKY, the movie falls way short. Nevertheless, Elvis gives a good, convincing performance as the rising boxing star.
The song sequences are excellent especially one where Elvis and Young and Bronson are riding in a jalopy that Elvis restored and painted red. The I GOT LUCKY sequence is fun to watch.
A man who can sing when he ain't got a thing, he's the king of the whole wide world. Indeed. Nobody proved it better than Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll and the Artist of the Century. Follow that dream. It can take you to the top. But when you get there, will you be the same person?"