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Plot: The untold true story behind the meeting between Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n Roll, and President Richard Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives. Runtime: 86 mins Release Date: 19 May 2016
Kevin Spacey is always marvelous. We want him back.
Not about Michael Shandon looks (by csharma-44562)
This is my first review, ever.I am a film person, love a lot of genres. Would not consider myself a film buff or whatever that term insinuates.In a nutshell the acting outshines this story. Kevin Spacey clearly being gifted at playing the President does it once again. I am a JFK person so learning about Nixon is something new. However, this should have been about Shannon and his delivery which was exemplary.Great film.
Good little movie (by getbacksid)
Michael Shannon does not look like Elvis. Well, duh? He did a great job portraying the King and gave us a fine enough visual and imitation of Elvis mannerisms to bring Elvis to life and Spacey was incredible as Nixon. The story line was solid and stayed true to history. I liked this movie for the little funny quirky parts and for how this movie told a generation that Elvis had such magnitude back in the day that to get an FBI badge...all he just had to ask for one.The only thing that was perhaps not factual was the picture Elvis showed Nixon of his Memphis Mafia posing with all their guns and <more>
badges.I do believe that was taken in Christmas 1970.
Now I realise the gravity of the question 'Elvis or Beatles' debate, never actually knowing the disapproval Elvis had of the British foursome. Liza Johnson those work I'm not familiar with, namely Return 2011 and Hateship Loveship 2013 directs a screenplay written by small part actor Joey Sagal Not Another Celebrity Movie, The Chase, Return of The Swamp Thing his ex-wife award-winning writer, comedian and YouTube entrepreneur Hanala Sagal assuming they were still married at the time of writing this and also, Actor, Princess Bride's Cary Elwes who originally was going <more>
to make this his directorial debut. It's based on the true story of Elvis Presley, The King, the most famous entertainer of all time seeking an audience with the most powerful man of the free world, President Richard Nixon back in 1970. Apparently Elvis requesting to be an undercover agent-at-large in particular for the DEA, in the hope to combat the nations drug addiction issue, especially with the youth of American. Sounds a little silly right? Michael Shannon Midnight Special, Man of Steel plays The King incredibly well with comical effect. The mannerisms, movements and accent is brilliant however he doesn't like much like Elvis, but that honestly doesn't matter and the costume design is highly accurate. Spacey, being a great impersonator of many famous Americans, Nixon is certainly being one of them, his abrasive attitude and demeanour, again to comical effect. Alex Pettyfer I am Number Four, Beastly plays Elvis' trusted friend and sort-of-manager Jerry Schilling showing us a more personal Elvis and how he dealt with friendship. Johnny Knoxville plays Sonny West, who, I don't think was necessary for the film apart from maybe accuracy, as both being members of Elvis' 'Memphis Mafia' Tom Hanks' son Colin plays an official part of Egil Krogh who helped orchestrated the meeting between the two and actually wrote a book titled The Day Elvis Met Nixon. X-Men's Quicksilver, Evan Peters plays Deputy Assistant Dwight Chapin and the pair of them together provide quite the comedy unexpected for this film. In fact, the film is surprisingly funny and not in the silly funny way. It's superb scripted and cleverly put together, especially the bouncing scenes of each party setting ground rules of the meeting and then the actually eventually meeting. Ed Shearmur does a suitable score but the actually music that accompanies the film is surprisingly from other artists such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sam & Dave and Otis Redding, no Elvis tracks here. It's a great film, and not exactly being a fan of Elvis it was actually highly interesting to learn quite a bit about the man behind The King. This is likely to be one of those films to be unfortunately overlooked, finding more success on the streaming services and whilst not necessarily cinema worthy being a drama it's still an amazing watch. Running Time: 9 The Cast: 9 Performance: 9 Direction: 8 Story: 8 Script: 9 Creativity: 8 Soundtrack: 6 Job Description: 8 The Extra Bonus Points: 10 for the performances, especially Shannon's and Spacey's. 86% 9/10
Funny and serious film about a real life meeting between two pop culture legends! (by blanbrn)
"Elvis & Nixon" is one of those movies to watch for fun it's about a serious matter in a serious time, yet the film doesn't try to take it to serious. And the lead performances are spot on really making it a watch over the story. Michael Shannon is right dead on as Elvis Presley and Kevin Spacey is in top notch form as Richard Nixon even right down to his accent and tone. And if you don't know this film is based on a true story.Back on one December morning in 1970 the king himself Elvis Shannon made an appearance in Washington D.C. at the white house to meet the man <more>
in charge of it all president Richard Nixon Spacey . And it was a time of social decay that involved war, and most of all the drug problem was noticed by Elvis. And guess what he wanted to be awarded a badge to represent his concern as it would be a special agent badge for his collection. Well on Nixon's end this meeting would help raise his political clout and help him with reelection votes in the South which was the king's home region. And it would all end happy with an autograph for Nixon a badge for Elvis and a White House photo of the two that would be stored in the National Archives! Overall good film that's fun interesting and peace making both on the material and memory side for two legends and the lead performances were top notch making "Elvis & Nixon" a memorable film.
I really hadn't heard much about this film, and certainly wasn't going in expecting an Elvis impersonator or someone looking exactly like President Nixon. Wasn't disappointed there in regard to Elvis. Michael Shannon didn't look much like Elvis, but he did have the soft voice, the southern charm thing going for him. He did a fine job with this role. And actually, Kevin Spacey did manage to look a great deal like Nixon. Sounded like him, too. Everyone in this movie did a good job, and worked the roles of those involved in this slightly absurd moment in history to justice. So, I <more>
guess what I was, was really pleasantly surprised by this picture. Totally enjoyed myself with lots of laughs and a few poignant moments. I dimly remember this episode with Elvis showing up at the White House wanting to become an FBI Agent Abroad. With a badge. And at the time I recall thinking that only Elvis could be that naïve and yet that brash at the same time. In all honesty, this picture managed to show all of that, and more. What a colorful moment in American history all wrapped up in this fine little film.
Elvis & Nixon isn't trying to be a gripping drama, but comes off an entertaining comedy (by RforFilm)
When I was in High School, I recall skimming through the Government & Politics textbook where I saw the iconic picture of musical icon Elvis Presley and U.S. president Richard Nixon. It was a part of a section that had to do with how different generations viewed their president. It said something about how this simple image was an attempt to show that Nixon was "hip and with it". At the time, the picture had little interest in me except that these two very different people were together for a handshake. Now I think how oddly enough, both men had a lot in common. Both grew up in <more>
poor families. Both had served in the military. Both were conservative. But most importantly, both were well known, but for different reasons. Nixon was the leader of the free world and was in total control, but managed to keep his family life secret. Elvis was so famous that his image was practically the only thing people thought about without knowing the real guy. They see Elvis and think about their first concert or song. What was said during that infamous meting remains a mystery, but Elvis & Nixon tries to put a more humorous spin in what transpired. An aging Elvis Presley played by Michael Shannon sees nothing but youth protesting on television and this he feels needs to be changed. He flies to Los Angeles to meet up with his longtime friend Jerry Schilling played by Alex Pettyfer and reveals that he wants to be made an "undercover agent at large" to infiltrate concerts, hippie communes, and more to catch drug dealers. Despite such a ridiculous request, the two catch another plane to Washington D.C. and literally drive up to the White House gate asking to meet with the president.This sudden arrival from the King puts the entire White House staff, including the secret service in surprise. With only a letter explaining what he wants, a top official Egil Krogh played by Colin Hanks brings it up with President Richard Nixon played by Kevin Spacy . Nixon immediately says no, despite being informed that a short meeting could do well with getting the youth vote. Through means that I won't spoil, Elvis gets his appointment and the two chat about a variety of things; the youth, the responsibilities of both, and for Elvis, his desired undercover badge.Part of me thinks that if Elvis & Nixon was in the hands of someone like the Coen Brothers or Scorsese, this might have been a hard drama with an in depth study on the two. This however is nothing like that.In fact, Elvis & Nixon is closer to a comedy. And I laughed! I was surprised by how much I chuckled at the various ramblings of Elvis and the simply absurdity of his request to the president. I think most viewers will catch right away that this is meant to be a comedy I didn't even mention that Johnny Knoxville is also in the story as a member of the Memphis Mafia .Much of the pressure is on Michael Shannon to play Elvis, who really hits a home run here. He looks, sounds, and even made me forget that there was an actor under the Elvis hear and sunglasses. My bigger concern was on Kevin Spacy who thankfully makes for an adequate Nixon though I prefer Frank Langella's version from Frost/Nixon . The meeting depicted doesn't have a lot to say about the time period and the troubles the current generation us under, but the writing makes up for it by simply letting their personalities take over and to simply let them be who they are. I was surprised by how much I liked this.I'll give this eight famous pictures of Elvis and Nixon out of ten. This is a rare historical movie that really isn't trying to be a griping story, but rather an entertaining comedy. I'm glad a saw this. Take a further glance into that photograph and consider going deeper with Elvis & Nixon.
Schedule an appointment to introduce yourself to "Elvis & Nixon" at your earliest convenience. (by dave-mcclain)
Truth is indeed stranger than fiction, as the comedy-docudrama "Elvis & Nixon" R, 1:26 so clearly and gleefully demonstrates. The movie focuses on a real-life meeting on December 21, 1970 between U.S. President Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n Roll details to follow in my plot summary . A 1997 TV movie about this incident claims on its promotional poster "Truth is Funnier than Fiction". Yup, also true. A preview clip for that earlier film includes singer Wayne Newton saying, "You can't make this up." Well, you kind of have to <more>
– at least when it comes to the details. The words on the screen at the very beginning of 2016's "Elvis & Nixon" point out that it wasn't until two months after he met with Elvis that Nixon infamously began taping White House conversations which is why the movie poster cleverly describes the plot as the meeting of "two of America's greatest recording artists" . Without a transcript of this meeting between who were then two of the most famous men in the world, writers Joey Sagal, Hanala Sagal and Cary Elwes had to fill in the gaps between the known facts of this event – and got to have fun with it but kept away from changing the basic facts or overlooking the humanity of its subjects.Elvis Presley Oscar nominee Michael Shannon is frustrated. He's annoyed by his wife and father nagging him about his spending habits. He's deeply bothered by the inability or unwillingness of the public to see him as more than "a thing". Mostly and most urgently , he's very upset about the news. He sits alone in the original man cave the famous Jungle Room at his home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee simultaneously watching news programs on three different TVs, as was his habit. He sees reports about the Vietnam War, counter-culture protests and civil rights violations and he has an idea that would address his concerns for the nation – and maybe deal with some of his other frustrations.Elvis leaves his home sneaks out – alone – for the first time since he was 21, and books an airline flight. He has some trouble getting on the plane I won't spoil it , but he makes it to Los Angeles and meets with Jerry Schilling Alex Pettyfer , an old friend and former member of Elvis' "Memphis Mafia". Elvis says that he needs Jerry to fly with him from L.A. to D.C. on "a secret mission". Jerry is trying to make his own way in the entertainment industry, but he finally agrees to help out his old friend, whom he calls "E". In Washington D.C., the two later link up with another old friend, Sonny West the world's most famous jackass, Johnny Knoxville . Elvis drives up to the White House gates before all the modern barriers were in place and asks to meet with President Nixon about an urgent matter. He gives the gate guards a letter that he wrote on the plane, asking to be made an official "Undercover Agent at Large" so he can help combat the youth drug culture of the 1970s. Elvis makes a couple other stops in the city shocking fans at every turn and then returns to the hotel, waiting to hear back from the White House.President Nixon Oscar winner Kevin Spacey doesn't care to meet with Elvis. When he sees the appointment on his calendar for that day, his response is vintage Nixon. "Who the f*** set this up?". He doesn't think that the Leader of the Free World should drop everything to meet with a famous singer who just shows up uninvited. Besides, the meeting is scheduled during Nixon's daily nap time. Clearly, the two young, but high-ranking staffers who want this meeting, Egil Krogh Colin Hanks and Dwight Chapin Evan Peters , have some convincing to do. They believe that a public show of support from the world's most popular single entertainer would help Nixon with the youth vote in his upcoming re-election campaign. Nixon isn't swayed, so Krogh and Chapin resort to underhanded means to make the President change his mind.Obviously, Elvis and his companions eventually get inside the White House, but I won't spoil anything by giving away too many the details. I can say that there's a subplot in which Jerry grows increasingly anxious about the time because he needs to fly back to L.A. in order to meet the parents of his girlfriend Sky Ferreira . As Jerry struggles with his loyalty to his girlfriend versus his loyalty to his old friend, the meeting between Elvis and Nixon takes place as we already knew from little things like the movie poster and history . I'll just say that there's a somewhat bizarre and very revealing conversation, a couple other surprises and then, of course, they take that iconic photo – copies of which are requested from the National Archives more than any other image – ever. Like Wayne Newton said "Elvis & Nixon" is a fun and insightful movie – and it's not just the audience having the fun. Elwes and the Sagals must have had a blast coming up with ideas for this script – maybe even as much fun as director Liza Johnson had helming it, and Shannon and Spacey had playing the leads. Both men are known to Movie Fans as great actors, and Spacey for his talent doing impressions seriously – google it , and both give funny, yet subtle performances which offer up insights into what drove each – and how fame affected them each. See this movie to marvel at the great acting and gain a greater appreciation for who these men were as people, men who had reached the pinnacle of success in their respective fields of endeavor. The enjoyment of making this movie shows through the work of all those involved – and it'll rub off on most Movie Fans, who will probably also learn a few things. "A-"