Elvis in Movies and TV Series
Movies about, or with references to Elvis
During his lifetime Elvis starred in 31 motion pictures and two documentaries. After his death in 1977 Elvis have been mentioned or referred to in hundreds of movies. Below we have listed Elvis-references in more than 250 movies.
Part 1 features movies and TV series telling the story of Elvis. So far the best known in this category is the one simply called “Elvis” featuring Kurt Russell as Elvis (1979). There are two high-budget Elvis movies in the making; “Elvis & Nixon” and “Last Train to Memphis”. The future is certainly looking bright so to speak!
Part 2 features a shitload of movies and TV series with references to Elvis, and/or Elvis is mentioned in the dialogue. Several of these are in the blockbuster category, and starrs well-known actors. There’s also a vast amount of films and shows including Elvis' songs in the soundtrack. There’s not a shred of doubt… the legacy of Elvis is kept alive in the world of movies and TV series.
Part 3, is a “special”… it features an overview of Elvis references in the 90s crime/mystery series X-Files. This series, jam-packed of conspiracy theories, suits our site very well.
The list will be updated continuously, so don’t forget to check it out once in a while.
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Part 1: Movies and TV series telling the Elvis-story
Elvis & Nixon (2016): A new movie in the making… Michael Shannon as Elvis and Kevin Spacey as Nixon.
Elvis (1990): This TV show, starring Michael St. Gerard as Elvis, faithfully recreated some highlights of Elvis' early years (before signing with Sun Records). The 10 episode program was co-produced by Priscilla Presley and aired originally between February and May 1990 in the US. While it was not successful in finding a large audience, the critics loved it and it had the distinction of being the first TV show to tell the true story of a real-life superstar. Trivia; Millie Perkins, one of Elvis's co-stars in “Wild in the Country”, played Gladys Presley in the series.
Elvis (The Movie) (1979): This critically acclaimed TV movie, starring Kurt Russell as Elvis, was produced by Dick Clark. The songs are not performed by Elvis but by sound-alike Ronnie McDowell. By the way… the movie earned Russell an Emmy award nomination. Trivia; A young Kurt Russell had a small part in the 1963 Elvis-movie “It Happened at the World's Fair” (kicking Elvis on the shin).
Elvis and Me (1988): This was a much hyped TV movie/mini-series based on Priscilla's bestselling auto-biography with the same name. Dale Midkiff and Susan Walters starred in the roles as Elvis and Priscilla. Once again sound-alike Ronnie McDowell provided the soundtrack.
Elvis and the Beauty Queen (1981): This low-budget TV movie chronicling Elvis' relationship with Linda Thompson starred Don Johnson (of Miami Vice fame) as Elvis. Stephanie Zimbalest starred in the role as as Linda Thompson.
Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story (1992): This little known TV movie, starring Beau Bridges as Colonel Parker and Rob Youngblood as Elvis, was based on the book of the same name by Dirk Vellenga.
Elvis Meets Nixon (1997): This TV movie, starring Tony Curtis as President Nixon and Rick Peters as Elvis, is based on Bud Krogh's book of the same name.
Elvis (aka Elvis: The Early Years) (2005): This two-part mini-series, produced by CBS, covers Elvis rise to fame and the years up to the NBC TV Special in 1968. The cast included Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis and Randy Quaid as Colonel Parker. Rhys Meyers has later allegedly commented that he started to hate Elvis Presley after doing the movie.
Last Train to Memphis (?): Movie in the making…
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Part 2: Movies and TV series with references to Elvis
3000 Miles to Graceland (2001): A great cast including Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, Courtney Cox, David Arquette and Christian Slater and a thrilling plot set around a robbery of a Las Vegas casino during an Elvis impersonator convention, makes this movie watchable for everyone slightly interested in Elvis.
A Single Man (2009): During a classroom sequence set in 1962, a college professor (Colin Firth) warns his students that “fear is taking over our world”. He says these phony worries include fear of minorities, fear of Communists and “the fear of Elvis Presley’s hips… actually, that one may be for real”.
Ace Ventura – Pet Detective (1994): The eccentric pet detective (Jim Carey) visits the home of a football star which asks him “Are you another one of those "Hard Copy" guys?” whereas Ace Ventura answers; “No sir, I'm just a very big Finkle fan. This is my Graceland”.
Agnes Browne (1999): In this Anjelica Huston directed movie “Hey Elvis” is shouted at a long-haired Frenchman.
Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996): In this animated Disney movie Genie (the voice of Robin Williams) adds "thankyouverymuch" to the script.
Alf (1989): Alf (Alien life form) was a popular comedy for four seasons between 1986 and 1990. In an episode called “Suspicious Minds” (Season 3, Episode 15) Alf has started to believe in one of the biggest urban legends - that Elvis is alive. When Raquel describes their new neighbor, Alf is convinced the man is Elvis. The episode is full of Elvis jokes and themes.
Alien Intruder (1993): In this little known science fiction movie the spaceship is called “USS Presley”.
Alien Autopsy (2006): This is a humoristic reconstruction of the 1995 scandal when two British boys were accused of having faked a documentary from the Roswell incident in 1947. They notice that a market seller has multiple Elvis memorabilia items for sale and they decide to travel to America to buy super rare Elvis live footage from 1954.
Ally McBeal (1997–2002): This was a very popular comedy series for five seasons between 1997 and 2002. Elvis songs were included on a regular basis.
American Movie (1999): An award winning documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before. An Elvis wall can be glimpsed briefly in Uncle Bill's trailer.
Another Year (2010): A look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends. In one scene, Mary (Lesley Manville) is trying to make conversation with Ronnie (David Bradley); “Did you like the Beatles?” - “They were alright”… “I was more Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis. Yeah, I’m all shook up”.
Arthur Christmas (2011): In this animated film we get a variation of the famous “Elvis has left the building” phrase when this Christmas Eve announcement echoes through St. Nick's toy factory at the North Pole: “Santa has left the building”.
Bad Fever (2012): This is a lesser known movie about a humorless loner that attempts to win the admiration of a drifter with his debut performance at the local comedy club. We can see a poster of Elvis in a black jumpsuit on the wall at the club.
Bad Influence (1990): A thriller featuring Rob Lowe and James Spader in the leading roles. In a scene where Lowe just killed Spader’s girlfriend, he leaves the crime scene saying; “Elvis has left the building”.
Beavis and Butthead Do America (1996): In this animated comedy you can see Elvis running through a casino.
Beetlejuice (1988): In this movie, starring Michael Keaton in the leading role, the character tries to switch place in a queue by leading the attention to something else; “Hey look! There’s Elvis! Yo King!”
Boys Don't Cry (1999): The plot, based on a true story, concerns a misfit teenage girl (Hilary Swank, who won the Best Actress Oscar for the role) who lives in small-town Nebraska who passes as a boy ("Brandon"). In fact, with her vaguely Southern accent, androgynous looks and pulpy lips, she's like a parody of Elvis. Not only is the movie rife with Elvis references, but Elvis and Graceland function as symbols of personal reinvention and freedom throughout the film.
Bruce Almighty (2003): The movie contains “A Little Less Conversation” (Elvis Presley vs JXL). Trivia; Jim Carrey sang the chorus of “Clambake” in an outtake during the filming.
Bubba Ho-Tep (2003): A comedy-horror film featuring Bruce Campbell as a geriatric Elvis and the late Ossie Davis as a black JFK.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992): An action comedy featuring Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland and Paul Reubens. In one scene where Merrick (Donald Sutherland) tells Buffy (Kristy Swanson) she’s the chosen one, she answers; “Does Elvis talk to you? Does he tell you to do things? Do you see spots?”
Bye Bye Birdie (1963): Elvis doesn't exactly feature in this film starring Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh & Ann-Margret, but the character of Conrad Birdie is directly based on him going into the Army.
Cadillac Records (2008): This movie chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Etta James and Willie Dixon. When Chuck Berry (Mos Def) sees Elvis on the tube, he says, “There’s your king”. Later, as Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright) prepares to go to Little Walter’s funeral, Elvis is performing on TV. The song during the funeral montage has a deeper message about the extra challenge for black musicians in that era. The song is “My Babe”, a Little Walter classic, but it is sung by Elvis.
Cars (2006): In this Pixar animated movie there are dozens of vehicles with different names… one is called “The King”, and it has sideburns and a Southern dialect.
Casual Sex? (1988): In this movie, featuring Lea Thompson and Victoria Jackson, one of the male characters in the movie says; “I'm going to be huge. I'm going to be bigger than huge! I'm going to be on the cover of Rolling Stone magaz… no, forget that. I'm going to be on the cover of Time magazine… no! Forget that... I... I... am going to have... more fans than Elvis!”
Caught (1996): In this drama-thriller there’s one scene where a son comes home dressed as Elvis saying his risen from the dead.
Cheech and Chong’s Next Move (1980): This movie includes a scene where the main character Cheech Marin sings the song “Love Me” in “Elvis-style”.
Cheers (1982–1993): This popular TV-series went on for eleven seasons, and has several references to Elvis. Carla (Rhea Perlman), the waitress in the bar, is an Elvis fan and she makes her annual pilgrimage to Graceland (season 5, episode 10; “Everyone Imitates Art”). Sam (Ted Danson) start to believe he’s actually met Elvis after watching the movie “Blue Hawaii”, fell asleep and had a bizarre dream (season 9, episode 26; “Uncle Sam Wants You”). It's Elvis' birthday, and Elvis-fanatical Carla believes that he will make his presence known that day (season 10, episode 13; “Don't Shoot... I'm Only the Psychiatrist”.
Chico & Rita (2010): ”Elvis Slept Here!” reads a motel sign in Las Vegas, the city that reunites the two lovers in this Spanish animated feature film.
Civil Wars (1991): This legal drama TV series, starring Mariel Hemingway and Peter Onorati in the leading roles, went on for 2 seasons between 1991 and 1993. In its pilot episode, a man, who on becoming an Elvis impersonator, faces divorce. In one sequence: Charlie (Onorati); “He's back”. Sydney (Hemingway); “Who's back?” Charlie; “Elvis..Who do you think?”
Con Air (1997): This thriller about an airplane full of hardcore criminals features the well-known Elvis-fan Nicolas Cage in the leading role. In one scene a character says; “If there’s 30 prisoners in that plane I’m Elvis Presley”. When the plane is reaching Las Vegas, Cage’s character says; “Viva Las Vegas”.
Congo (1995): There’s an Elvis reference in this adventure drama featuring Laura Linney and Dylan Walsh in the leading roles. In one scene the expedition hears a lot of noise in the jungle… the guide (Ernie Hudson) explains; “When the moon is like that, every monkey for 200 miles thinks he's Elvis Presley”.
Contact (1997): In this sci-fi movie featuring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey, there’s a scene where thousands of people has gathered in New Mexico to come in contact with the aliens… one of them is a Elvis impersonator carrying a guitar with the inscription “Viva Las Vegas”.
Corner Gas (2004): In an episode, called “Wedding Card”, of the Canadian sitcom the characters Oscar and Emma Leroy admit to having no photos of their wedding because “it was an Elvis wedding”. Their fellow townspeople understand this sentiment, but in the final scene they are shown burning those selfsame photographs, which display both Oscar and Emma dressed as Elvis.
Coyote Ugly (2000): In the wedding scene Violet (Piper Perabo) and her father Bill (John Goodman) dance with each other to the tune of Elvis' ”Can't Help Falling in Love”.
Crazy (2008): This movie tells the story of Hank Garland, the legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950's, and it is full of Elvis references. In a scene Garland comes home from a concert tour and tells his wife “The King’s in town… I gotta go to the studio”. When she complains that he just got home, he responds, “But Elvis is the King, babe”.
Crossing Jordan (2002): This TV show, starring Jill Hennessy in the leading role as Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh, lasted for six seasons between 2001 and 2007. In the episode “Miracles & Wonders” (season 1, episode 13), we were treated to a clever plot involving not only the "Elvis faked his death" theory but also the much written about similarities between Elvis and Jesus Christ (in this episode Saint Francis of Assisi). The plot involves a dead Elvis tribute artist, and it features three Elvis songs; “Jailhouse Rock”, “Love Me Tender” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” In another episode (“Blue Christmas”) during the same season, we hear Elvis singing the title-tune of the episode.
Croupier (1998): In this movie starring Clive Owen an offbeat and sexually aggressive casino dealer keeps a stylized poster of Elvis's face on her bedroom wall, modified so the King appears to be smoking a cigarette.
Daybreakers (2009): In this movie, starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill, vampires have taken over the world, but they have run out of mortals for their food supply. Defoe’s character is nicknamed Elvis, and at one point he sings a few lines of “Burning Love”. Dafoe later talks about how vampires can be killed by the daylight, and says “Elvis once said; Truth is like the sun… you can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away”.
Daylight Fades (2010): An Elvis lamp can be seen in the flashback opening scene of this Memphis-made vampire thriller.
Death Becomes Her (1992): In this movie, starring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis and Goldie Hawn, an immortal Elvis (Ron Stein) appears.
Devil’s Knot (2013): In this movie the main character Pam Hobbs (Reese Witherspoon) has an eight-year-old son, and they have several references to Elvis in their dialogue. As she walks him to school, the boy sings “That’s All Right, Mama”. Later, he tells her “I’m gonna buy you a Graceland, Mama, just like Elvis has got”. She replies “How ’bout you buy me a Promised Land since he’s got the other one?” After the son is murdered, the boy’s “Merry Christmas from Elvis” tree ornament is featured in two scenes.
Digimon Adventure (1999-2000): It was made 54 episodes of this Pokémon spinoff animation series. The character, Etemon, in this series is a parody of Elvis. He is given to saying “Thank you, thank you very much”, “Uh huh” and “I'm the King”.
Dogma (1999): This is a Kevin Smith directed comic book-style satire of organized religion. The stripper-muse Serendipity (Salma Hayek) verbally squelches the evil Azrael (Jason Lee) after he says he didn't take sides in the celestial battle between Lucifer and God because he was the artist behind it all; “An artist, stupid… Elvis was an artist, but that didn't stop him from joining the service in time of war. That's why he is the King and you're a (jerk)”.
Do the Right Thing (1990): coming soon
Dreamgirls (2006): We get a little lesson in the history of Elvis’ music in this movie. The singers’ ambitious manager, played by Jamie Foxx, asks a song writer “Who was the first artist to sing ‘Hound Dog’?” The songwriter show his ignorance when he answers “Elvis”. Foxx corrects him “Big Mama Thornton”.
Drop Dead Fred (1991): A drama comedy featuring Phoebe Cates (as Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Cronin), Rik Mayall (as Drop Dead Fred) and Carrie Fisher (as Janie). In one scene the following dialogue takes place; Janie: “I did this self-actualizing course this week and basically they taught us that pain is your friend, it's your humanity… pain makes you interesting” - Elizabeth: “Janie...” - Janie: “Look at Elvis” - Elizabeth: “Yeah, but didn't Elvis kill himself?” - Janie: “Yes, but before that he was very, very interesting”.
Due South (1994): In an episode of this TV drama-comedy (season one, episode 10 – “Gift of the Wheelman”), it's Christmas time and the police station is filled with Santas, elves (and Elvises).
Eat the Peach (1986): In this movie two young Irish men are watching the Elvis movie “Roustabout” in which a carnival cyclist performs an act called the Wall of Death. Transfixed, they decide to put together their own “Wall of Death”.
Eddie Presley (1992): In this movie Duane Whitaker is starring in the role as an Elvis impersonator with a wounded psyche, unflinching in his quest to keep the King's spirit alive. Trivia; This movie has special appearance by Quentin Tarantino.
Eerie, Indiana (1991): This TV series with a supernatural theme, starring 13 year old Marshall Teller (Omri Katz) in the principal role, went on for one season in 1991 and 1992. In the first episode in the series we see an Elvis character coming out of his suburban home in the morning to collect the daily paper. The scene formed part of the opening titles, and the inclusion of Elvis, complete with sunglasses, bathrobe and a Cadillac in the drive, symbolized the Elvis is alive/FBI conspiracy theme.
Elvis' Grave (1992): When an impersonator contest comes to his hometown, psychotic Purvis Wayne kills the competition. This little known production, described as a Southern Gothic Musical, came to light again in the lead up to the 30th anniversary of Elvis' death. It was released on DVD and had theatrical screenings on two continents around August 2007.
Elvis Has Left the Building (2004): A feature film starring Kim Basinger in the role as Harmony Jones. Harmony is an unlucky heroine… everywhere she goes Elvis tribute artists die. The soundtrack includes seven songs performed by Elvis; “Hound Dog”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Hard Headed Woman”, “Return to Sender”, “Love Me Tender”, “I Got Stung” and “Follow That Dream”.
Entrapment (1999): In this movie starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the leading roles, when the playful thief (Connery) replaces a priceless painting with a “Velvet Elvis”.
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991): In this comedy Ernest unleashes an ugly troll that plots to destroy the world. In one scene where Ernest is killing a troll he says; “You're history, pal! You're Elvis!”
E Street (1989-1993): This popular Australian drama series saw 404 episodes telecast from 1989 to 1993. One of the central characters, publican Ernie Patchett (Vic Rooney), was a big Elvis fan and in one episode he and his bride (Chelsea Brown) were married by an Elvis impersonator.
Exit to Eden (1994): A thriller comedy featuring Dana Delany, Rosie O'Donnell and Dan Aykroyd in the leading roles. In one scene where Aykroyd is dressed up as a sex slave, O’Donnell says; “Look... Bondage Man. It's like Elvis goes to Hell”.
Father’s Day (1997): In this comedy featuring Robin Williams and Billy Crystal there’s a couple of Elvis references. In one scene Williams imitates Elvis; “Thank you very Much”. In another scene when Crystal lends Williams his car… Williams says; “You’re giving me a car Jack? That’s so Elvis of you”.
Father Ted (1995): The plot of the episode “Competition Time” in this 90s sitcom revolves around the three main characters Father Ted Crilly, Father Dougal McGuire and Father Jack Hackett entering the “All Priests Stars in Their Eyes Lookalike Competition”. Due to confusion about who is going as Elvis all three do it, appearing in sequence as Elvis at different stages of his career, winning the competition.
Finding Graceland (aka The Road to Graceland) (1998): This entertaining movie is loaded with Elvis references. An eccentric drifter (Harvey Keitel) claiming to be Elvis Presley hitches a ride with a young man (Johnathon Schaech) and they find themselves on an adventurous road trip to Memphis. The soundtrack contains four songs by Elvis (“Rip It Up”, “One Night”, “Long Black Limousine” and “If I Can Dream”) and a version of “Suspicious Minds” performed by Mark Campbell.
Fireman Sam (2003-2012): This was a very popular children’s animation series made in the UK. So far it has been produced 8 seasons between 2003 and 2012. The series has several Elvis references, and one of Sam’s fellow firemen is called Elvis. In one episode "Open Day" (season 7, episode 25) at the end when firefighter Elvis leaves the fire department building, Fireman Sam says to Station Officer Steele “Sorry sir. Elvis has left the building”. Other episodes with Elvis references; “Elvis Sings the Blues” (season 7, episode 3), “Double Trouble” (season 7, episode 17) and “Elvis in Concert” (season 8, episode 5).
Flatliners (1990): In this movie (featuring Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts and William Baldwin) four Medical students experiment on “near death” experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives. In one scene that takes place in a coffee-shop: Joe Hurley (William Baldwin); “I came back from the dead tonight” – The waitress; “Doesn't surprise me, we had Elvis in here last night”.
Fools Rush In (1997): This comedy featuring Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek, has several references to Elvis: The title of the movie is taken from the song “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. We get two snippets of the Elvis songs “Jailhouse Rock” and “It’s Now or Never”. A sign outside a motel tells us that “Elvis Slept Here”. In one scene an Elvis impersonator leads the bride up the aisle.
Forrest Gump (1994): In one of the scenes in this stunning movie Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) teaches one of the guests, a young Elvis Presley (Peter Dobson), a hip-swinging dance; “Say, man, show me that crazy little walk you just did there. Slow it down some”. Later, Forrest and his mother see Elvis performing “Hound Dog” on a television set in a store. Trivia; Kurt Russell did the voice of Elvis.
Frasier (1993-2004): This popular sitcom went on for eleven seasons between 1993 and 2004. When singing the closing theme Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) occasionally followed the last line with the statement “Frasier has left the building!”
Fred Claus (2007): Two Elvis songs are featured in this comedy about Santa Claus’ brother; Fred (Vince Vaughn). “Santa Claus Is Back in Town” plays over a montage of Christmas scenes, and Fred tries to jack up the elves in the workshop by replacing traditional Christmas music with the remix of “Rubberneckin’”.
Freddy's Nightmares (1989): This TV series aired for three seasons between 1988 and 1990 and is an adaptation of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” character, Freddy Kruger. In an episode (Season 2, Episode 2) called “Heartbreak Hotel” the storyline revolved around an Elvis sighting in the sleepy town of Springwood.
Free Willy Part 2 (1995): In part 2 of the Free Willy trilogy Jesse (Jason James Richter) reunite with Willy three years after the whale's jump to freedom. Jesse’ half-brother Elvis (Francis Capra) arrives because of the death of their mother.
Frequency (2000): In this movie fireman Frank Sullivan (Dennis Quaid) owns a Dalmatian pup named Elvis, which is supposed to be a clue to his generous, everyman persona. Coming home after a hard day of work, he says to his wife (Elizabeth Mitchell) “Hey, how 'bout a bit of the King, huh?” She replies; “Yeah, why not a bit of the King?”… Then they dance to “Suspicious Minds”.
Friends (1994–2004): In this popular TV-series Joey (Matt LeBlanc) got an Elvis lamp in his apartment.
Full House (1988): This popular sit-com, featuring Bob Saget, John Stamos and Dave Coulier, went on for eight seasons between 1987 and 1995. A season one episode (21) “Mad Money” Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) has a gig as an Elvis impersonator.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009): During a scene in this movie starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner we can hear “Burning Love”.
God Bless America (2011): In this movie a rogue insurance salesman (Joel Murray, brother of Bill) teaches a runaway teen (Tara Lynne Barr) to shoot guns by blasting a series of teddy bears nailed to trees. “I think Elvis would be proud”, he says.
Godzilla (2014): Turns out Godzilla isn’t the only terrifying creature in this movie. A giant winged-creature is unleashed from a massive cocoon-like structure that feeds on radiation. When the fierce insectoid attacks Las Vegas, Elvis’ song “(You’re the) Devil in Disguise” can be heard in the background.
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000): In this movie Nicolas Cage plays a character named "Memphis". When one of Memphis's allies offers fake fingertips to a fellow car thief he states “Your new fingerprints… Elvis is back”. The gang eventually pass through Memphis, Tennessee, and one of the guys says “Do not get your hopes up on visiting Graceland, cause right now we are all about the mission at hand”.
Grease (1978): In this movie “Rizzo” (Stockard Channing) leads the girls in the teasing song, “Look at Me I’m Sandra Dee”. Standing in front of a picture of Elvis, she uses the lyric… “Elvis, Elvis, let me be! Keep that pelvis far from me!” Trivia; coincidentally, this scene, was filmed on August 16, 1977 – the date of Elvis Presley’s death. “It was very eerie”, said director Randal Kleiser, who actually got his start in movies as an extra on Presley’s films. “It was all over the news, so everyone knew. We did this number, and everybody kind of looked at each other like… Yeah, this is creepy”.
Great Balls of Fire (1989): A movie about the life and career of the wildly controversial rock 'n' roll star, Jerry Lee Lewis, starring Dennis Quaid in the leading role. In one scene Elvis (Michael St. Gerard) is in bed looking at “The Killer” on TV. The Elvis song (“Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” is included in the soundtrack.
Guns, Girls and Gambling (2012): This movie throws Elvis impersonators, Native Americans, a cowboy, a drop dead beautiful blond assassin, a frat boy, two corrupt sheriffs, the girl next door and a prostitute into a chase for a million dollar Native American artifact stolen during a poker game at a casino. Starring Christian Slater (John Smith) and Helena Mattsson (“The Blonde”) in the leading roles.
Hannah Montana, The Movie (2009): A blockbuster featuring Miley Cyrus and her father Billy Ray Cyrus. In one scene when Billy Ray Cyrus gives grandma a Elvis plate to complete her collection of Country Music Legends dishes grandma states; ”There’s only one King, and I’ve been saving him a place of honor”. Unfortunately all the plates fall and break except for the Elvis plate, which Billy Ray catches. “Great news, everybody, Elvis is alive and well” he exclaims, brandishing the plate – and smashing it against a nearby chandelier.
Happy Feet (2006): In this animated musical the central character, a penguin, is named “Memphis”. “Memphis” (voiced by Hugh Jackman) does several Elvis moves, and even sings “Heartbreak Hotel” to his true love, “Norma Jean”.
Hard Target (1993): A violent action movie featuring Jean Claude Van Damme. In one scene Van Damme is kneeling over the dead body of Roper (Willie C. Carpenter) saying; “Look at it this way… you're gonna get to meet Elvis!”
Heartbreak Hotel (1988): A film about a young man (Charlie Schlatter) who kidnaps Elvis (David Keith) hoping to fulfill a dream for his mother. Tuesday Weld, who appeared with Elvis in “Wild in the Country” plays the mother.
Heart of Dixie (1989): The story in this drama, featuring Ally Sheedy, Virginia Madsen and Phoebe Cates, takes place in 1957, and quite fitting two Elvis songs are included in the soundtrack; “Blue Suede Shoes” and “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You”.
He’s Just Not That into You (2009): This movie featured an all-star cast including Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Anniston and Kris Kristofferson. The two last mentioned appear in a scene with Elvis references; while Beth (Anniston) is taking care of her recuperating father (Kristofferson), Elvis can be heard in the background singing “I’ve Got a Woman”. Then another character looks through the dad’s collection of LPs and finds an Elvis album.
High Tide (1988): An Australian movie about a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator, featuring Judy Davis.
Home Alone (1990): There is a legend that Elvis makes a cameo in this blockbuster of a movie starring Macaulay Culkin in the main character of Kevin McCallister. Many of those who believe that Elvis is still alive maintain that the heavily bearded man standing in the background of the scene where Mrs. McCallister (Catherine O'Hara) is shouting at the desk clerk at the airport (just before she meets John Candy) is Elvis.
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992): An entertaining Las Vegas drama starring Nicolas Cage, James Caan and Sarah Jessica Parker. The movie has loads of references to Elvis. The soundtrack consists of five songs performed by Elvis (“Surrender”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “That’s All Right”, “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, “It’s Now or Never”), and a wealth of Elvis-songs performed by other famous artists.
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011): In this computer-animated film the character called Kirk the Woodsman (voice by Martin Short) has found fame and fortune as a yodeler while wearing a cross between an Alpine lederhosen and an Elvis jumpsuit.
How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014): In an episode of this popular comedy series the characters Marshall and Lily are serenaded by a Korean Elvis.
Human Traffic (1999): In this Welsh comedy about the club scene, a pair of Ecstasy-ingesting party girls exchange comments as they tell a gullible TV reporter why they don't take drugs; ”Look at Jimi Hendrix… and Elvis… and Sting”… “Sting's not dead yet”… “Well, he ought to be”.
Independence Day (1996): In this sci-fi blockbuster, Will Smith's character says “Elvis has left the building”, which is followed by Jeff Goldblum using another Elvis-related catchphrase; “Thank you very much”.
Into the Night (1985): This drama-comedy stars Michelle Pheiffer and Jeff Goldblum in the leading roles. They are on the run together, and she takes him to her brother’s apartment so they can hide out. It turns out the brother (Bruce McGill) is a successful Elvis impersonator, and his pad has wall-to-wall Elvis photos, albums, posters and magazine covers. Then, the brother comes home in costume. As a famous Elvis impersonator, the brother travels around in a Cadillac convertible decorated with “The King Lives”.
I Hired a Contract Killer (1990): This movie, directed by Aki Kaurismäki, takes place in London. In one scene Joe Strummer (The Clash) performs in a bar… only one thing is hanging in the background… a 50s picture of Elvis.
I Origins (2014): This movie centers on medical student (Michael Pitt) who specializes in the evolution of the human eye. The Elvis allusions does not appear in the movie, but in a post-credits sequence where retinal scans of famous people in history are compared to living people for matches. Elvis’ eye shows up here in a shot from “Jailhouse Rock”.
It's Only Make Believe (1989): This lightweight movie is about an Elvis impersonator (Randy Friskie) that falls in love with a Marilyn Monroe impersonator (Barbara Bogar).
Jerry McGuire (1996): In this blockbuster featuring Tom Cruise in the leading role, the soundtrack includes the Elvis song “Pocketful of Rainbows”.
Jesus’ Son (1999): In this movie a drug rehab patient Bill (Dennis Hopper) is discussing a dream while fellow patient FH (Billy Crudup) gives him a shave. FH asks Bill; “You ever see that Elvis Presley movie, 'Follow That Dream'?” Bill replies; “Follow That Dream… I did see that… and I was just gonna mention that. You saw that?” FH; “No”. Bill; “There was a song 'Follow That Dream' too”.
Johnny Bago (1993): This TV drama series went on for only eight episodes in 1993. In episode seven (“Spotting Elvis”), a gun-happy Elvis with a pink Cadillac appears within the storyline. Ripe with references to his “disappearance”, Elvis tells the lead character Johnny; “I just wanted to eat, I lost it!” The Elvis character is portrayed sympathetically as vulnerable and Johnny works to repair his low self-esteem.
Keeping the Faith (2000): In this movie Rabbi Jake Schram (Ben Stiller) makes this comment about his workaholic girlfriend’s (Jenna Elfman) cell phone: “She put 'God' on the speed dial. I called it… it was the Elvis Presley Museum”.
Kick-Ass (2010): An Elvis song is featured in this violent comic-book adaption. There is a climactic action scene where the teen superhero named Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) is wearing a jet pack and flies into roaring flames to rescue Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) from the treacherous Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Elvis’ “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (“An American Trilogy”) plays during this scene.
L.A. Law (1986–1994): This very popular TV series went on for eight seasons between 1986 and 1994, starring Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins, Harry Hamlin and Blair Underwood in some of the leading roles. One episode is focused on a defendant trying to have a real estate contract made void because the house he bought is haunted. The defendant claims that while the ghost does not rattle chains, he sings and the voice is that of the King!
Las Vegas (2003-2008): This TV drama series, centering on Las Vegas and the casino business, went on for five seasons between 2003 and 2008. Colorfully attired ETAs often appear in the background in the casino and several episodes have involved an Elvis sub-plot. In the show's 4th season one episode featured a travelling Elvis exhibit.
Leningrad Cowboys Goes America (1989): This Finish movie is about the fictional Russian rock band The Leningrad Cowboys, and their visit to America seeking fame and fortune. The movie has several Elvis references; among others they are covering several Elvis songs, and make a stop in Memphis.
Lethal Weapon (1987): This blockbuster, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, in the leading roles, includes the Elvis song “I'll Be Home For Christmas”.
Letters to God (2010): In this movie a 16-year old would-be pop singer-songwriter (played by Michael Christopher Bolten) appears as a Vegas-style jump-suited Elvis at a neighborhood costume party.
Liberty Heights (1999): A coming-of-age film focusing on a group of Jewish teenagers in the 1950s. Elvis's “Blue Moon” can be heard during two scenes in the movie.
Lilo & Stitch (2002): This very popular animated Disney family film featured plenty of references to Elvis, both musically and narratively. The soundtrack contains eight Elvis songs, where six are originals (“Suspicious Minds”, “Stuck on You”, “Hound Dog”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “(You're the) Devil in Disguise”, “Blue Hawaii”) and two performed by other artists (“Can't Help Falling In Love” by A*Teens and “Burning Love” by Wynonna Judd).
Living Legend (The King of Rock and Roll) (1980): In this TV movie the story revolves around Eli Caulfield (Earl Owensby), the King of Rock & Roll. On stage he is supreme, but in his private life nothing goes right and his health is jeopardized by the overuse of prescription medication. Elvis' real life girlfriend at the time of his death Ginger Alden is co-starring. The soundtrack is by Roy Orbison!
Living on Tokyo Time (1987): In this comedy-drama, featuring Minako Ohashi and Ken Nakagawa, there’s an Elvis reference; One musician says he will buy a limo and a Jacuzzi like Isaac Hayes when he get famous, while his buddy has other plans and instead will buy a lots of drugs, like Elvis.
Lonely Street (2009): This comedy thriller features Jay Mohr in the leading role as Bubba Mabry. The plot involves a 70 year old Elvis (Robert Patrick) hiding out in New Mexico, and the murder of a tabloid reporter who uncovers the story. Patrick looks strikingly truthful as the geriatric Elvis. He’d even captured the nuances of Elvis speech, moves and bearing very well. The producers know “their Elvis” so to speak, and the movie is loaded with god Elvis references. The Elvis impersonator James “The King” Brown recorded three new original (“Elvis”) songs for this movie; “When the Rebel Comes Home”, “----” and “Waiting for this Moment”.
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003): This semi-animated movie, starring Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman and Steve Martin, contains the Elvis song “Viva Las Vegas”.
Looking for Eric (2009): An English postman (Steve Evets) remembers that when he first met his future wife at a rock club in 1979 he was wearing blue suede shoes that he ordered from America. Later in the movie, real-life soccer star Eric Cantona, who appears in the film as a sort of ghostly, inspirational muse, points to the postman’s stereo, and as if by magic, Elvis’ version of “Blue Suede Shoes” begins to play.
Mamma Mia (2008): Even in the film screen adaption of the Abba -musical there are a couple of Elvis references. During the “Dancing Queen” number, Rosie (Julie Walters) wears Elvis sunglasses and does a little Elvis imitation. Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård wear Elvis jumpsuits during the big sequence of wild musical performances towards the end of the movie.
Man on the Moon (1999): This is a Milos Foreman directed biopic based on the life of Andy Kaufman (played by Jim Carrey). In an early scene at a comedy nightclub, Kaufman introduces an odd character in his one man show; “And now I would like to do for you the Elvis Presley”… then he walks over to a small turntable, puts on “Also Sprach Zarathustra”, turns his back on the audience, strips off his clothes to reveal a sort of jumpsuit, slicks back his hair, and then turns back to the crowd, utterly transformed from the shy nerd to a confident King. With curled lip, he belts out a rousing and faithful “Blue Suede Shoes”.
Married... With Children (aka. Bundy) (1988): In an episode of this popular sitcom called “I'm Going to Sweatland” (season 3, episode 2), the character Peggy Bundy claims to have seen Elvis at a mall, prompting a large number of Elvis impersonators to come to her home so she can share her “experience”.
Meet Wally Sparks (1997): A comedy about Wally Sparks (Rodney Dangerfield), a tabloid TV show reporter who's trying to boost ratings on his show. There are a couple of Elvis references in the dialogue: Sparks tells about a girl so wild that “When she licked the (Elvis) stamp, Elvis started smiling”; Later Sparks says he’s so tired of hosting “… stupid shows with alien lesbian Elvis impersonators”.
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992): A John Carpenter directed mystery-comedy featuring Chevy Chase, Daryl Hannah and Sam Neill in the leading roles. In one scene Nick Halloway (Chevy Chase) makes a toast for a dead friend by saying; “… to Elvis” (to state that the deceased was an enigma… just like Elvis).
Men in Black (1997): This blockbuster, featuring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, has a couple of Elvis references. Elvis’s version of the Chuck Berry song “Promised Land” is heard during a crazy ride on the ceiling of a tunnel. Agent Jay (Will Smith) says; “You do know Elvis is dead, right?”… Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) answers; “No, Elvis is not dead… He just went home”.
Men in Black lll (2012): As this series gets into even more bizarre science fiction, Agent Jay (Will Smith) must take a trip into the past in order to save both the future and his partner Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones). Agent Jay (Will Smith) tries to sum up the appearance of his missing partner; He says Kay has “sort of a surly Elvis thing happening with him...”
Miami Vice (1984–1990): This TV-series went on for five seasons between 1984 and 1990. Don Johnson’s character Detective James Crockett got a pet-croc called “Elvis”. Trivia; Johnson had previously starred as Elvis in the TV-movie; “Elvis and the Beauty Queen” (1981)
Muppets Most Wanted (2014): There’s a brief Elvis reference in this movie. When the Muppets start to organize a talent show, Fozzie Bear says, “I can do an Elvis impersonation”.
My Fellow Americans (1996): In this movie two former U. S. Presidents, played by Jack Lemmon and James Garner, meets an Elvis impersonator in a public toilet. The impersonator believes the two ex-presidents is in the same business as him and says “Let’s Rock’n’Roll”.
Mystery Train (1989): coming soon
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006): This TV miniseries, based on the stories of horror maestro Stephen King, went on for eight episodes during the summer of 2006. The last episode; “You Know They Got a Hell of a Band” features a character called Elvis (Joe Sagal), the Mayor of Oregon.
Night of the Loup Garou (2010): One scene in this low-budget horror movie includes a refrigerator magnet version of Elvis in his “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong” gold lamé suit.
No Strings Attached (2011): The soundtrack to this romantic comedy, starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher in the leading roles, includes the Elvis song “Bossa Nova Baby”.
Nowhere Boy (2009): This movie is a chronicle of John Lennon's (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life. We are familiar with the fact that Elvis was a big hero for young John Lennon. In the film, John sees a photo of Elvis in the paper and quickly adopts an Elvis hairstyle. Two Elvis songs are performed in the film. John’s band plays “That’s Alright Mama” at their first show. Later, Paul sings “Love Me Tender” to John’s Aunt Mini. The other Elvis references were in the dialog at various points in the movie; “I want to start a rock and roll group, be like Elvis” and “Why couldn’t God make me Elvis?”
Ocean’s Eleven (2001): This blockbuster, featuring among others George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon in the leading roles, includes the original version of “A Little Less Conversation” (not the DJ Junkie XL remix). Trivia; It is said that the Dutch DJ got the inspiration to his remix of the song when he heard the original in this movie.
One-Trick Pony (1980): In this movie (with several Elvis references) Paul Simon (as Jonah) is an aging rock star trying to put together a new album in the face of an indifferent record label and a talentless producer. At the same time, he's struggling to save his failing marriage. Jonah's estranged wife contemptuously suggests that he's too old at thirty-four to want to be Elvis Presley.
Open Five (2010): A blend of reality and fiction, this movie follows the story of Jake, a struggling musician and his sidekick, Kentucker, a maker of “poor” films and what happens when two girls (Lucy and Rose) venture down to Memphis for a long weekend. One scene has some of the cast members at the Elvis Candlelight Vigil at Graceland.
Out of the Blue (1980): There are several Elvis references in this movie about a young girl Cebe (Linda Manz), whose father (Dennis Hopper) is an ex-convict and whose mother (Sharon Farrell) is a junkie. She finds it difficult to conform and tries to find comfort in a quirky combination of Elvis and the punk scene.
Pacific Blue (1996–2000): One of the characters in this TV series, about cops on bicycles guarding Santa Monica's beach, is called Elvis.
Paper Heart (2009): In this looking-for-love semi-documentary, Charlyne Yi visits the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, where Elvis impersonator Brandon Paul presides. He reappears at the very end of the film, after the credits to say “Thank you very much”. Also in Vegas, we see the Little White Chapel, where you can pose for pictures in a car labeled “A Tribute to Elvis”.
Parallax (2004): This is a children's program made in Australia. In the episode “Achey Breaky Heart”, a white jumpsuited Elvis (with silver hair!) has a prominent role as the headline act at a school rock 'n' roll dance. Whoever did the Elvis singing wasn't half bad and it was good to see school kids dancing to and enjoying an Elvis act.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010): A combination of comedy, road trip, and sci-fi featuring Logan Lerman in the title role. When Percy and his friends arrive in Las Vegas and head into the Lotus Hotel Casino, the Junkie XL remix version of Elvis’ “A Little Less Conversation” plays.
Pink Cadillac (1989): This action comedy features Clint Eastwood as Tommy Nowak and Bernadette Peters as Lou Ann McGuinn. McGuinn, out on bail, decides to take her husband’s pink Cadillac after hearing Elvis’ song “Baby, Let's Play House” (“… you may drive a pink Cadillac, but don’t you be nobody’s fool”). Nowak (a skip tracer) tracks her down in a casino in Reno. On the stage there’s a bizarre figure (Jim Carrey) imitating Elvis while singing “Blue Suede Shoes”. McGuinn; “I can’t take much more of this Elvis tribute”.
Pulp Fiction (1994): There’s several Elvis references in this classic Quentin Tarantino directed movie, starring Uma Thurman (Mia Wallace) and John Travolta (Vincent Vega) in two of the leading roles. In one scene Mia says; “An Elvis man should love it”, referring to JRS's. Multiple dialogues refer to the Elvis movie “Jailhouse Rock” (1957). Vincent is called “an Elvis man”. The automobile dining tables in JRS's are taken from the Elvis movie “Speedway” (1968).
Quantum Leap (1993): This science fiction show, starring Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett and Dean Stockwell as comrade Al Calavicci, went on for five seasons between 1989 and 1993. The lead character travels through time and at each stop he inhabits the body and mind of a storyline character. In an episode called “Memphis Melody” (season 5, episode 21) Sam inhabits the body of Elvis in July 1954, two days before he is signed by Sam Phillips. Sam's goal is to ensure Elvis gets the contract and also that another aspiring singer, Sue Anne Winters, gets her chance at stardom.
Ready to Rumble (2000): In this slapstick Oliver Platt, speaking with an Elvis-like accent, plays a wrestler called Jimmy King in what seems to be a dual homage to Elvis Presley and Jerry Lawler. Platt is even critically called “Elvis” by Diamond Dallas Page, just before a fight.
Record Paradise: The Musical Life of Joe Lee (2012): This documentary contains several Elvis references. Inside Lee's famous record store in Silver Spring, Maryland, we see an Elvis bust and a “Night of a 100 Elvises” poster, advertising an annual Baltimore event. Brandishing an old Little Milton album, Lee explains; “Elvis used to listen to this stuff”.
Red Dwarf (1988): In an episode called “Meltdown” of this British TV series Clayton Mark portrays a “wax droid” version of Elvis who, under the command of the character Arnold Rimmer (Chris Barrie) along with other “wax world” historical figures, is engaged in battle with the evil historical figures.
Renegade (1994): This action TV series starring Lorenzo Lamas went on for five seasons between 1992 and 1997. An Elvis theme was featured in the third season, in the episode “The King and I”; Reno gets into a bar fight where a polite stranger helps him out. Before Reno can say thanks the stranger drives away in an old pick-up (the tags say “KING”). A young woman watching it all (she turns out to be a tabloid reporter) then crosses horns with Reno in her attempt to get the "scoop": Is Elvis really alive and well?
Robocop 2 (1990): In this sci-fi thriller one of the bad guys got an Elvis altar (including a coffin) in his headquarter.
Rockula (1990): An Elvis impersonator appears in this horror comedy about rockin’ and rollin’ vampires.
Rosanne (1988–1997): This popular TV-series about a working class family struggling with life's essential problems went on for nine seasons between 1988 and 1997. Roseanne Barr and John Goodman starred in the leading roles as Roseanne and Dan Conner. The Conner house has an Elvis plate on display; and during an episode the character Arnie Thomas (Tom Arnold) dresses up as “Elvis' ghost” on Halloween (season 3, episode 7; “Trick or Treat”).
Same Time, Next Year (1978): There’s a tiny Elvis reference in this romantic movie starring Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn in the leading roles. To show how time goes by, we see some black and white photographs… one is a concert picture of Elvis.
Scream 3 (2000): Part 3 of this horror movie series featuring Liev Schreiber, Courteney Cox and Patrick Dempsey in some of the leading roles. An actor playing a makeup artist on the set of the movie's fictional film-within-a-film is wearing a “Dead Elvis” T-shirt on which the face on the Postal Service's famous Elvis stamp is replaced with a green, rotten, pompadoured-and-sideburned skull. Later, when the makeup artist is complimented for the realism of a scissors-through-the-head effect, he replies: “Thank you, thank you very much”.
Shakes the Clown (1991): This little known comedy contains a tiny Elvis reference; His mother’s new boyfriend gives him some money; “Why don't you go out and buy yourself something real nice, huh?” he answers sarcastically; ”Thanks, Elvis… This'll go a long way in the toy store”.
She Devil (1989): This comedy, featuring Meryl Streep and Roseanne Barr in the leading roles, was based on a Fay Weldon novel. The soundtrack includes the Elvis song “(You’re A) Devil in Disguise”.
She’s Out of My League (2010): This romantic comedy has a minor Elvis reference. Before a trip to Branson, Missouri, the obnoxious girlfriend of the lead character (Krysten Ritter) announces, “On Saturday night, we’re going to see both of the Elvis tributes”.
Sledge Hammer! (1986): In the episode “All Shook Up” Sledge (David Rasche) goes undercover to learn why Elvis impersonators are being systematically murdered with a gold microphone.
Sliders (1995): This science fiction show went on for five seasons between 1995 and 2000. The series, starring Jerry O'Connell as Quinn Mallory, involved travel between parallel (Earth) worlds. In the pilot episode, the main character pulls up suddenly at a huge billboard. He gets out of the car and stares up at a very large picture of Elvis, in a Tuxedo. It is advertising Elvis’ latest show in Las Vegas. In a later episode (“The King Is Back”) during the same season Mallory and his companion, Rembrandt “Crying Man” Brown (Cleavant Derricks), arrive in a world where Rembrandt's exact double is as popular as Elvis, but he's been dead for eight years! Not surprisingly, Rembrandt's appearance creates chaos.
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012): In this documentary, hosted and co-directed by Ice-T, the rapper Chuck D cites this famous verse from the 1989 Public Enemy song “Fight the Power”; “Elvis was a hero to most/ But he never meant (diddly) to me”.
Somewhere (2010): During a scene in this drama comedy a hotel employee at the expensive Chateau Marmont Hotel entertains the guests with an acoustic guitar version of Elvis’ hit “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear”.
Soul Men (2008): This is a movie with a music business theme, featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac in the leading roles. Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac are “Photoshopped” into a 70s Elvis picture, which is seen on the wall at a party.
Step Up 3D (2010): In this dance movie a tight-knit group of New York City street dancers find themselves pitted against the world's best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown. In one scene a character called Moose (Adam G. Sevani) preaches the gospel of dance: “One move can set a whole generation free, like Elvis” — and then Moose cuts loose with a moment of Elvis-inspired footwork.
Striptease (1996): Demi Moore stars in this movie about a stripper and single mother who gets dragged into a dangerous situation after a congressman takes a fancy to her. She got an Elvis picture on the wall in her apartment.
Superman (----): In this animated TV series the editor at the newspaper where Clark Kent and Lois Lane are working is an Elvis fan. He got pictures of Elvis in his office, and one of his regular phrases is “Holy Elvis!”
The Abyss (1989): This James Cameron Directed sci-fi drama is about a civilian diving team are enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species. During a scene the character Alan “Hippy” Carnes (Todd Graff) tells that he can see Elvis in colors, though everyone else is in black and white.
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990): The character of Ford Fairlane (Andrew Dice Clay) borrows a lot from Elvis’ looks in this action-comedy. By the way; Priscilla Presley is starring in the role as Colleen Sutton.
The Art of the Steal (2013): Kurt Russell plays a former get-away driver for a group of art thieves in this movie also starring Matt Dillon. He’s trying to stay straight as a motorcycle daredevil, until his age and injuries take their toll. As we remember with “Evil Kneivel”, he wears a jumpsuit for his performances. It looks a good bit like an Elvis jumpsuit, and he does a series of Elvis-like moves to pump up the crowd before doing his big jump.
The Brave One (2007): In this movie featuring Jodie Foster and Terrance Howard in the leading roles, the Elvis song “You Don’t Know Me” is played during a dinner.
The Buddy Holly Story (1978): This is the story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, featuring Gary Busey in the leading role, from his meteoric rise to stardom to his marriage and untimely death. No surprise… Elvis is mentioned in the dialogue.
The Client (1994): This movie, featuring Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones and Brad Renfro, is based on a John Grisham novel. In one scene Sarandon’s character uses the phrase; “Elvis has left the building”. An Elvis impersonator makes a short entry in a scene in a hospital in Memphis.
The Commitments (1991): This is a UK comedy-drama about the "World's Hardest Working Band"; The Commitments. The movie is loaded with references to Elvis. In the living room of the bands manager Jimmy Rabitte there’s a picture of Elvis hanging above the picture of the Pope, and a model of the Virgin Mary. When he tells his father (Jimmy Rabitte Sr.) that “Elvis is not soul”, senior replies; “Elvis is God”. During an audition in the house a band plays the song “Elvis was Cajun”… Rabitte Sr. replies; “That's fuckin' blasphemy. Elvis wasn't a Cajun”. One of the members of the band (Joey) has played with Elvis. The aforementioned Rabitte Sr. asks him; “Now, in all the time you were at Graceland, did you ever see Elvis messin' around with drugs?”… Joey replies; “No, brother”, senior burst out; “I knew it! I always said...!” The movie includes many more…
The Conversion (2009): In this low budget movie an “Elvis Lives” poster is visible.
The Cosby Show (1984–1992): This tremendously popular TV-series, starring Bill Cosby as the focal character, went on for eight seasons between 1984 and 1992. In one episode Grandpa Huxtable recalls Elvis’ performance at the Ed Sullivan Show. In another episode he mourns; “It’s a crazy world out there. Ever since Elvis and Priscilla broke up things just haven’t been the same”.
The Dark Knight (2008): There is a tiny Elvis reference in this blockbuster movie featuring Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger as the Joker. On the police bulletin board showing “Batman Suspects”, there are also pictures of Abraham Lincoln, Bigfoot and Elvis. This was probably an attempt to put some humor in an otherwise grim film.
The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980): Peter Sellers starring his last role in this movie… as an Elvis 70s-style rocker.
The Filth and Fury (2000): This is a documentary about the rise and fall of punk rock's Sex Pistols. The movie includes some sunny footage identified as “Hyde Park 17th Aug. 1977”. As the camera pans over bikini-topped sunbathers and Sid Vicious, the soundtrack offers snippets from British news broadcasts from that day. One announcer says; “Elvis Presley, at one time known to millions as the king of rock and roll, has died suddenly at the age of 42”. Another adds; “The king of rock and roll died yesterday. He was found face down on the bathroom floor. There have been numerous reports that Presley was a heavy drug user”.
The Firm (1993): This Sydney Pollack directed movie was based on a novel by John Grisham. In one scene a truck-driver tells his buddy to sing “Love Me Tender” or “Don’t Be Cruel”.
The Frighteners (1996): In this Peter Jackson directed horror-comedy, featuring Michael J. Fox, a Elvis statue is seen flying around in a haunted house, while a voice says; “He’s alive!”
The Game Plan (2007): This Walt Disney movie, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the quarterback Joe Kingman, has many Elvis references. Kingman is an avid Elvis fan whose bachelor apartment is decorated with football trophies and Elvis memorabilia, including a red jumpsuit. Kingman’s cell phone has a “Jailhouse Rock” ringtone, and his front door chime plays “Love Me Tender”. When Kingman scores a touchdown during a game, the P.A. system at his home stadium blares “Jailhouse Rock”. Kingman watches the Elvis diving sequence from “Fun in Acapulco” on TV, and sings “Burning Love” into a mirror. When the playboy superstar becomes saddled with the 8-year-old daughter he never knew he had, he asks his King Creole poster; “Any advice?” Later, he strums the guitar and serenades the girl with “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” The movie opens with the Paul Oakenfold remix of Elvis’ “Rubberneckin’” and the end credits find the cast dancing and singing to Elvis’ recording of “Burning Love”.
The Golden Child (1986): Eddie Murphy plays a private detective specializing in finding missing children. He has an Elvis picture on the wall in his apartment.
The Golden Girls (1985–1992): In an episode of this American sitcom, the characters of Blanche (Rue McClanahan) and Rose (Betty White) are considering hiring an Elvis impersonator for their “Hunka Hunka Burnin' Love Fan Club”, yet Rose mixes up the Elvis list with the guest list for the wedding of the character of Sophia (Estelle Getty). As a result, Sophia's wedding reception is filled with Elvis impersonators (one played by a young Quentin Tarantino) instead of members of her own family, and Rose exclaims, “Either I got the Elvis list mixed with the guest list for the wedding or everyone in Sophia's family appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show!”
The Guard (2011): In this movie, starring Brendan Gleeson as an Irish police officer, there’s a minor reference to Elvis. One line of dialog has him asking; “D’ya know where I’d like to be? Tupelo… Birthplace of the King”.
The Hangover (2009): This blockbuster comedy, featuring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha, takes place in Las Vegas. There are a couple of references to Elvis in it; the tribute artist “El Vez”, who bills himself as the Mexican Elvis, sings “It’s Now or Never”, and the other Elvis reference occurs when the party animals wake up in an amnesiac stupor in a hotel suite that includes a mysterious infant, a Bengal tiger and an Elvis jumpsuit. The soundtrack includes “Fever” performed by The Cramps.
The Killer Elite (2011): In this movie, starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro, has a couple of Elvis references. After an assignment, an assassin confirms “He’s dead… He’s dead as Elvis”. Later in the movie there’s another one; “Stop the car… We got to make sure Elvis has left the building”.
The Killing (2014): In the episode “Unraveling” (episode 2, season 4) of this highly acclaimed crime series, Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) says “So I'm not gonna find a Velvet Elvis hanging anywhere around here?”
The Identical (2014): This movie, starring Blake Rayne, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd, got a storyline with clear references to Elvis; Twin brothers are unknowingly separated at birth; one of them becomes an iconic rock 'n' roll star, while the other struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. Trivia; Blake Rayne is an Elvis impersonator. He was cast after one of his performances as Elvis garnered the casting director's attention.
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996): The Elvis song “Santa Claus is Back in Town” plays through the intro of this action movie featuring Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997): This is part 2 of the “Jurassic-trilogy” (a fourth movie is actually schedules for 2015). In one scene a character refers to a dinosaur as “The one with the big red horn! The pompadour! Elvis!”
The Lucky Ones (2008): The movie is about a trio of Iraq war veterans traveling across America, featuring Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins and Michael Peña in the leading roles. In one scene McAdams tells how she got a guitar from her dead soldier boyfriend, Randy; “Randy got the guitar from his daddy, who got it from his granddaddy, who got it from Elvis”.
The Mask (1994): This is a crime-comedy featuring Jim Carrey as Stanley Ipkiss (The Mask). In one scene at a nightclub Stanley transforms to several well-known persons, including Elvis mumbling “Thank you very much”.
The Parent Trap (1998): This is a drama comedy featuring Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson in the leading roles. Lohan plays both the twin sisters Hallie and Annie. In a scene after Annie calls Hallie “the lowest, most awful creature that ever walked the planet”, Hallie imitates Elvis by using his famous saying; “thank you, thank you very much”.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012): In this animated comedy the Pirate King (voiced by Brian Blessed) is revealed to be a burly buccaneer in an Elvis Vegas-style jumpsuit. As the movie's website states: “He's Elvis and a hurricane rolled into one”.
The Runaways (2010): This is a biopic about the all-girl band “The Runaways”, featuring Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Stella Maeve, Scout Taylor-Compton and Michael Shannon in the leading roles. When the young pre-fame Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) first appears dressed in rockabilly garb, she asks proudly; “Who am I?” A friend responds; “Elvis”. Later, band manager Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon) explains why 1970s America is ready to be jolted by the bratty sound and shocking jail-bait image of The Runaways; “Elvis and Priscilla got divorced, the president is a prowler, and all the housewives are talking to their plants”. Trivia; Elvis’ granddaughter Riley Keough did a small part as the sister of Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), the lead singer of the band.
The Simpsons (1989-): In this popular animated TV series, that launched in 1989 and are still going, there’s a lot of Elvis references: "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk" (season 3, episode 46); We see an Elvis photo - “Marge Gets a Job” (season 4, episode 66); We see an Elvis photo - “The Front” (season 4, episode 78); Elvis is mentioned - “Treehouse of Horror IV” (season 5, episode 86); The name Elvis is mentioned – “Lisa's Sax” (season 9, episode 181); Elvis is mentioned - “Viva Ned Flanders” (season 10, episode 213); soundtrack includes the song “Viva Las Vegas” – “New Kids on the Blecch” (season 12, episode 262); a character owns a photo featuring him and Elvis - “Crook and Ladder” (season 18, episode 397); Includes an Elvis wax figure - “White Christmas Blues” (season 25, episode 538); Elvis is mentioned. (http://simpsonswiki.com/wiki/Elvis_Presley)
The Thing Called Love (1993): A music drama featuring River Phoenix, Samantha Mathis, Dermot Mulroney and Sandra Bullock. Miranda Presley (Samantha Mathis), an up and coming C&W artist refuses to use her last name as a door-opener; “no relation to Elvis” is her customary phrase when she’s presenting herself. Another scene is taking place outside the gates of Graceland.
The Trip (2010): This is an improvised comedy-travelogue that follows Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on an eating tour in Northern England. Brydon comments; “I would like to be buried so that I have a headstone like Elvis”.
The Twilight Zone (1986): This TV series created by Rod Serling is among the most popular science fiction shows ever made. The series had three runs (1959-64: 5 Seasons, 1985-89: 3 Seasons, 2002-03: 1 Season). In the opening episode of the 1986 season (“The Once and Future King”), Jeff Yagher played an Elvis impersonator transported back in time to 1954 where he meets the real Elvis preparing for an historic audition. A fight over Elvis' music ensues and the real Elvis is killed, leaving the impersonator to assume the King's mantle. Trivia; The man who played Elvis' boss at the Crown Electric company was Red West, a real life schoolmate and best friend of Elvis.
The Usual Suspects (1995): In this movie featuring Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro and Kevin Spacey, we get the “Elvis has left the building”-phrase when a gangster is leaving a rooftop.
The Vanishing (1993): A movie featuring Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland and Nancy Travis. In one scene an elderly woman yells to the neighbors knocking on her door, that they probably will wake up Elvis with their noise.
The Vow (2012): Actually, the allusion in this movie is to Scotty Moore and Elvis’ song “Mystery Train”. Channing Tatum plays a music producer who dislikes computer-affected music and cites Elvis early Sun recordings as his ideal: “The records I like have life and warmth and soul – like the slap-back on Scotty Moore’s guitar on ‘Mystery Train’… Come on, you can’t get the Sun Sessions on your laptop”.
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009): In this documentary “dancing outlaw” Jesco White shows off his back tattoo portraits of “both people I like”; Elvis Presley and Charles Manson. “When I’m in my Elvis mood, I’m in a good mood”, he explains. “I’m getting plastered and ripped out of the frame, and I’m singing and having a good time”.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013): Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) dances with his new wife at their wedding in the Bahamas to Elvis’ classic love ballad “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.
The Woman Who Loved Elvis (1993): This Bill Bixby directed TV movie with Rosanne Barr in the leading role tells the story of a working class mother obsessed with Elvis. The movie is unsurprisingly jam-packed with Elvis references.
Touched by Love (1980): A young nurse (Deborah Raffin) becomes determined to reach an unresponsive teenage cerebral palsy patient, Karen (Diane Lane) by encouraging her to write letters to her favorite rock singer, Elvis Presley. This movie is based on a true story, and Karen died in 1963, only 10 years old.
Trainspotting (1995): A critically acclaimed movie taking place in a drug-infused Edinburgh. In one scene a character called “Sick Boy” says; “Well, at one time, you've got it, and then you lose it, and it's gone forever”… the examples he uses are; “Charlie Nicholas, David Niven, Malcolm McLaren, Elvis Presley...”.
True Blood (2008-2014): In this vampire TV series, that went on for seven seasons between 2008 and 2014; there are multiple references to Elvis being a vampire
True Romance (1993): This action-drama movie, featuring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman and Brad Pitt in some of the leading roles, includes several references to Elvis. Clarence Worley (Christian Slater); “In Jailhouse Rock he was everything rockabilly's about. I mean, he is rockabilly. Mean, surly, nasty, rude… In that movie he couldn't give a fuck about nothing except rockin' and rollin', living fast, dying young and leaving a good-looking corpse”. Another one from the same character; “I always said if I had to fuck a guy... I mean HAD to, if my life depended on it... I'd fuck Elvis”. During the bloody motel room fight between Alabama (Patricia Arquette) and Virgil (James Gandolfini), Alabama smashes a porcelain bust of Elvis Presley over Virgil's head.
Twin Peaks (1990-1991): This was a much talked about TV series when it aired in 1990 and 1991. In one scene the character Benjamin Horne (Richard Beymer) says after been sleeping with his mistress; “Going to give little Elvis a shower”.
Undercover Blues (1993): A crime comedy featuring Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid. In one scene Quaid’s character says to a suspect; “FBI! You're under arrest. You have the right to remain silent. If you give up that right you may talk, sing, dance, impersonate Elvis or anything else you like…”
Up In The Air (2009): In the movie Ryan Bingham’s (George Clooney) sister is getting married, but the couple couldn’t afford to go on a honeymoon. So, months ahead of time, they gave three-foot photo cutouts of themselves to all wedding guests and asked them to photograph it in front of any place they travelled. At the wedding, all the photos were pinned to a large bulletin board. When Bingham pins up his photos, one was right next to a shot in front of the gates of Graceland.
Very Extremely Dangerous (2012): This is a documentary, made by Paul Duane and Memphis' Robert Gordon, about the one-time Sun rockabilly artist Jerry McGill. There are several Elvis references in this film; “Elvis is making more money now than he ever did”, McGill says at one point, looking at the bright side of death. He also says he knew his girlfriend, Joyce, was a good woman when he took her to an Elvis movie and she remained more attracted to him than to Presley… Joyce explains; “I wasn't that interested in Elvis”.
Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-2001): This popular TV series went on for 9 seasons between 1993 and 2001. One episode called “Suspicious Minds” (season 8, episode 7) got a storyline involving an Elvis impersonators contest.
Walk Hard - The Dewey Cox Story (2007): In this music comedy, featuring John C. Riley, there’s an Elvis references. In one scene rock star Jack White briefly appears as Elvis… we see a marquee that reads; “Tonight – Elvis Presley and Others”, and then Elvis appears proclaiming “I’m the King”, demonstrating the martial art of “Kara-tay”, known only to two kinds of people, the Chinese and the King. Elvis gives Dewey his big break when he lets him close a show (“Elvis wants to get out of here early – he’s hungry”).
Walk The Line (2005): This award winning movie, featuring Joaquin Phoenix in the leading role, tells the story about Elvis’ fellow Sun-artist Johnny Cash. Elvis (played by Tyler Hilton) and Jerry Lee Lewis (Waylon Payne) make brief excursions through the plot. In one scene Luther Perkins (Dan John Miller) says: “That boy Elvis sure talk a lot of poon”.
When in Rome (2010): In this romantic comedy Kristen Bell plays a young curator at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She is in charge of putting on a very important exhibit. All of her romantic entanglements seem destined to sabotage the project, and her boss (Angelica Houston), keeps telling her she will lose her job if a key artwork doesn’t get there in time. At her peak of frustration Houston says; “I’ll see that the only artwork you’re ever allowed near are the velvet Elvis paintings on sale in Times Square”.
Wild at Heart (1990): coming soon
Wild Side (1995): An action-thriller featuring Christopher Walken as Tony. In one scene Tony delivers the following death sentence; “You’re past it. You know you’re past your fucking time. You’re fucking Elvis!”
Wilder Napalm (1993): A comedy featuring Debra Winger and Dennis Quaid. In one scene Winger’s character tells about a dream she had; “Last night I dreamed we were Elvis and Ann-Margret in 'Viva Las Vegas'".
Year of the Living Dead (2013): This movie examines the volatile social climate that gave birth to George Romero’s highly-influential horror classic “Night of the Living Dead”. In one scene a famous film critic says, “The electricity generated by a first encounter with [Night of the Living Dead] was like… seeing Elvis Presley for the first time”.
Author; Admin ELVIS the ICON (though a lot of text is
cut and paste from John Beifuss of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennesse
and IMDB) – Source; The Cabin – “Elvis
may be dead, but he is still found in movies” (http://thecabin.net/stories/081300/sty_0813000104.html),
For Elvis CD Collectors (http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=44285),
Feel Numb – “Grease Song With Elvis Reference Filmed On Date Of His Death” (http://www.feelnumb.com/2010/08/24/grease-song-with-elvis-reference-filmed-on-date-of-his-death/),
The Commercial Appeal – “Elvis: Still a Movie Star long after his death” (http://www.commercialappeal.com/go-memphis/elvis-still-a-movie-star-long-after-his-death),
Elvis Blog – “The Movie Theater: One Building Elvis Will Never Leave — Part 1-6”
Elvis Information Network – “Elvis Rules On Television!” (http://www.elvisinfonet.com/spotlight_elvisrulesontv.html),
Graceland – “Elvis Sightings” (http://www.graceland.com/elvis/sightings.aspx),
Kjetil Rolness – “Elvis Presley” (1998)
Part 3: Elvis in the X-Files
X-Files (1993-2002): This was a very popular TV series that went on for nine seasons between 1993 and 2002. The backdrop for the plot is two FBI agents, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) the believer and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) the skeptic, which investigates the strange and unexplained while secret forces work to impede their efforts.
Shadows (S:01/E:05): Mulder dismisses the possibility that Howard Graves faked his death by saying; “Do you realize how hard it is to fake your own death? Only one person has pulled it off… Elvis”.
Miracle Man (S:01/E:18): Mulder; “Here's the part where they bring out Elvis”.
Blood (S:02/E:03): When the ”too-serious” sheriff leaves the room, Mulder tells Scully that “He's probably one of those people who thinks Elvis is dead”.
Irresistible (S:02/E:13): Mulder makes a reference to people seeing Elvis in three cities every day; “You know people videotape police beatings on darkened streets, they manage to spot Elvis in three cities across America every day, but no one saw a pretty woman being forced off the road in her rental car”.
Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (S:03/E:04): One of Yappi's predictions is that Elvis is really dead, but Buddy Holly is still alive.
Home (S:04/E:02): While Mulder and Scully agents investigates a family of inbred, animal-like brothers living on a farm in a remote section of Pennsylvania, Mulder pouts when finding a newspaper with the headline “Elvis Presley dead at 42”.
Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (04/07): The title to part 2 of the episode is “Just down the road away from Graceland”.
Never Again (S:04/E:13): Mulder makes a “spiritual” journey to Elvis' home, Graceland in Memphis. The vacation that was too “personal” for Mulder to tell Scully about is to Elvis' Jungle Room at Graceland.
Post-Modern Prometheus (S:05/E:05): Mulder and Scully dance to “Walking in Memphis”, a Marc Cohn song that is a tribute to Elvis.
The Rain King (S:06/E:07): Mulder appears to be making an Elvis Reference when he tells Cindy: ”We're here to see The King” - referring to Darryl “Rain King” Mootz.
Surekill (S:08/E:08): Agent Doggett, who upon seeing a bullet-ridden room mentions that Elvis used to do that to his hotel rooms.
Empedocles (S:08/E:17): After a speech from Reyes on seeing evil, Mulder comments that he saw Elvis in a potato chip once.
Author; Admin ELVIS the ICON / Sources; “Elvis Lives On -- in the X-Files” (http://home.comcast.net/~injoke/xfnlists.html), “Mulder and Elvis” (http://www.angelfire.com/space/xphilescaper_1/elvis.html), IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/)