Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story (1993)

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The story of superstar Elvis Presley and the relationship between he and Colonel Tom Parker, his manager and the man who discovered--and, many say, exploited--him.


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19 December 1999 | Joe-290
The worst of all Elvis documentaries
This film is just so much nothing like Elvis and the legend at all. Everything is wrong with it. There is nothing in it which is right. Its more like 'Elvis + The Colonel: The untrue story'.

First of all. The idea of a ghost of Elvis appearing and narrating makes the show pathetic. Plus, Rob Youngblood looks nothing like Elvis either. A weird face with weird eyes and weird jaw- bones. Nothing like Elvis with extremely thick side-burns which are obviously just bits of fur stuck on. They were just too big that nobody would have grown them or would have been able to grow. The appearence and attitude of this portrail was nothing like Presley.

Then there was a replica of the house 'Graceland', that was so much unlike the actual house. The grave also, was quite different with thick writing of Elvis' name. Then there was also a rectangular swimming pool which Elvis never had. The hair style was very unlike Elvis'. Just too much hair and not combed right either. The hair styling was bad.

Vernon Presley portrail [ Elvis' father ] was nothing like the actual man either. He was just a total different appearence. Nothing the same and no attempt on making the actor look like Vernon. Gladys was slightly like the real mother of Elvis but not very close. Colonel Tom Parer played by Beau Bridges was probably the only thing that came close to the truth in the movie but still was not absolutely great.

Many actions that commence in this movie were distorted and untrue such as Elvis giving his mother a pink cadillac car when they were at graceland. Elvis gave his mother that car in 1956 when he had never even thought of having the mansion.

In this movie Elvis was ment to have done his 68 Comeback special live when he didnt. He had done it 6 months in advance. Elvis' appearence didnt change through the 50s to the 60s. Nothing changed. Also, Parker was also for the idea of a comeback in this movie but really he hated the idea.

The actor to play Elvis didnt even sound like Presley. It was just too much of a bad attempt from a bad impersonator. With just a deep southern American accent and no special tone which Elvis really did have.

Colonel Tom Parker also in real life discovered Elvis at an open air concert but in this it was just in a night club.

In this bad show and waste of money Elvis got fat in 1973 but Elvis never got fat until a bout 1 year before he died in 1977. There was also a scene which was ment to be in the 50s with Elvis getting out of his film trailer in the costumes to the movie 'Change of Habit' which was made in 1969.

Another fault included, Colonel Tom Parker telling Elvis that he could leave Hollywood when he wanted but it was the other way around. Colonel wanted to stay and Elvis wanted to leave. Plus, in the movie, the actor to play Elvis' hair stylist was nothing like the actual hair stylist with a beard and weird clothes.

The list of faults just goes on and on and on. It was a total amateurally made film which should of not been made at all. It was just awful. If there is a movie to be made on the theme of the nice guy Elvis and The Colonel it should of been made by Elvis historians. Not by someone who knew nothing about The King. The script must have been just written by a 9 year old who had to do a school project but got bits and parts of the facts. Nothing is right in the film.

Besides all this. All the facts been wrong and the movie been totally incorrect, the acting was just horrid from everyone besides Beau Bridges. The acting, the script, the photography and directions were all bad. Nothing was right. It was a total mistake making this movie.

In brief, the major untold story is largely incorrect. Although Bridges really does give a decent perfromance as the batering, carnival huckster, the poorly written Elvis role becomes even more preposterous when the ghost of Elvis appears and speaks in the film. Totally and absolutely and without a doubt not recmmended.

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10 January 1993



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