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Change Of Habit [DVD]

Elvis Presley , Mary Tyler Moore , William A. Graham    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair, Jane Elliot, Leora Dana
  • Directors: William A. Graham
  • Writers: Eric Bercovici, James Lee, John Furia, Richard Morris, S.S. Schweitzer
  • Producers: Irving Paley, Joe Connelly
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Aug 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A33QW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,287 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Elvis tried something different in his final narrative movie… but the results are oddly similar to his usual '60s formula. Here the King plays a doctor working in an inner-city free clinic, playing host to three Catholic nurses (who are really nuns incognito). Elvis gets hung up on one of the nuns, played by Mary Tyler Moore; she seems a lot closer to The Dick Van Dyke Show than the Vatican. The songs are sparse--"Rubberneckin'" gets a workout in one of those awful stilted hootenannies so prevalent in Elvis pictures. The flower-power ambience is more interesting than the story; the film features Mod Squad-style attempts at racial politics, a sit-down protest, and a weird sequence involving "rage reduction" to cure an autistic child. Elvis has good scenes and indifferent ones, but he looks fantastic (this is just after the great "comeback"), and he dresses like no other doctor before or since. --Robert Horton

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Drama End the King's Hollywood Career 16 Aug 2003
By A Customer
I've always liked Change of Habit and it's great that it's finally on DVD. This was Elvis final screen role and is a good one, with an ok script and good acting.
Good support too from Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner; this film is worth a look as it's strength lies in Elvis fine performance in the lead. It's not a musical, though there is a few songs, with Elvis singing in church and jamming in the ghetto clinic.
It's a pity that he never made more films as this, Charrro and The Trouble With Girls were a late movie career revival and a sign of what could have came.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood has a lot to answer for 28 Dec 2004
I really enjoyed this film and I feel that it would have done so much better if the film critics of the time didn't take such pleasure in knocking any film with Elvis's name attached to it - because of this - the film never got a fair shake - and it is a shame as it is one of his best films - Elvis plays a doctor working in the ghetto and the dilemma he faces when 3 Nuns are volunteered to support him - it makes you wonder, what could have been if Hollywood had put some decent scripts his way!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars For the "millionth" ... and the last time 6 Feb 2009
it seemed to be "just another script" and "just another typical" elvis movie. but it was far from that: elvis' last attempt to receive credit for his acting should have been seen by far more people than the few hundred thousand fans that still - in 1969 - wanted to see him as an actor. anyhow, while this movie was in its making the king already signed with the international hotel in las vegas, ready to return to what turned out to be THE BIG comeback on stage in front of a live audience.
if you want to have a more complete picture of "elvis the actor" you will need to watch this dvd. good story, great music!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Just Excellent 21 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Elvis excells as DR John Carpenter, a ghetto doctor who keeps his practice above board in a rough neighbourhood.
When three nuns are sent to assist in his clinic, Doc Carpenter falls for Sister Michelle(Mary Tyler Moore) but does not know that she is a nun.
Change of Habit is one of Elvis very best films, he shuould have made many more....but this was as good a way to bow out as any.
There are some powerful and touching scenes in Change of Habit, a couple of songs, and a great story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Elvis best screen roles ever ! 7 Feb 2010
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I saw a few of Elvis's mediocre films as well as his best roles (King Creole, Jailhouse Rock and Wild in the Country) but I have to say, this film sees Elvis in one of his best roles ever. This is Elvis being hip, funky and totally sexy !I loved the original version of rubberneckin song. I can't understand for the life of me why it wasn't a hit at the time ! His character in the film is a realist and a doctor with a social conscience. This film touched upon social and political issues affecting the urban classes in 1968 inner city America.
Elvis was a great actor who was not allowed to develop his creative thespian skills. Elvis should have been allowed to explore more dramatic roles.
He deserved much better film scripts. However, we fans are lucky to have some of these films to remind ourselves how great an actor he was. I highly recommend this film to add to your Elvis film collection. Or if you want to see Elvis in an unusual role, see this film and enjoy !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very enjoyable film for Elvis fans 28 Feb 2008
Elvis sings very few songs in this film but the songs he sings are all fantastic.In this film,Elvis appears at his physical peak looking incredibly handsome at 34 years of age.He was able to show his acting talents and in my opinion,shows how underated he was.He was a far better actor than he was ever given credit for.It's a light hearted film well worth 90mins of your time.A great way to relax and chill.Highly recommended as it shows an unseen side of the King.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis is on top form! 16 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I would say this is one of Elvis' better movies! "Change Of Habit", Elvis' final movie, in my opinion is one of his best, he was finally able to show his acting talent, however did not pursue acting anymore :o( It is one of the not so cheesy roles! Well worth a watch!! :o)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A TURNING POINT FOR ELVIS 21 July 2012
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Just when Elvis got the hang of true acting, he changed direction. But it wasn't a bad change. Elvis belonged on stage, enthralling people, being himself. Being E L V I S.

In this production, his last acting role before that big change, Elvis is at his most natural as Dr Carpenter who falls for a nun as played by Mary Tyler Moore! This is quite daring for a 1968 script yet Elvis takes it in his stride and puts in the most natural performance of his acting career of that decade. Whereas in most of his 60s movies you can tell Elvis was acting or even overacting, in this movie you almost forget it is Elvis in character. And that's how good he was in this, his last acting role.

But you'll remember it is Elvis when he starts singing of course. Again, the music is very different to what he had done in movies previously. None of the made-to-fit songs usually associated with his soundtracks. Rather, some upbeat and adult music instead, with the standout track being Rubberneckin', brilliantly remixed and re-released in 2003. The track went on to become a global hit that same year.

The aptly-named Change of Habit was Elvis' very last scripted movie. It was 1968 and Elvis had had enough of Hollywood's cameras and was desperate to return to studio recording and live performing.

He did. Elvis wanted to do what he desired rather than what his clueless management wanted him to do. He needed to perform to real audiences instead of the cameras or the actors he had just beaten up. After completion of this film, Elvis looking his best turned a leaf and opened up the last but most dynamic chapter of his career - performing live on stage!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Awesome Elvis love this film
Published 1 day ago by Lynda Mawdsley
5.0 out of 5 stars as very happy with the DVD
Thank you very much, as very happy with the DVD, its Brilliant
Published 6 days ago by Kerry Randell
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving film with good music
I would recommend this to any Elvis fan.

I liked it because of the story line which is different to any other Elvis film.
Published 5 months ago by Tina Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Three times hit.
The last of the special requests. Her Christmas was well and truly made with the last in the trio. Joy
Published 6 months ago by sweetjoy
4.0 out of 5 stars its worth buying
yes i like it not the best elvis film ive seen but if you are an elvis fan its worth adding it to your collection
Published 6 months ago by Mr. P. J. Fernley
4.0 out of 5 stars Changr pf Habit.
This was a film I did not have of Elvis. I also ordered 2 copies ( 1 for myself and the other for a Christmas present for a friend).
Published 8 months ago by jan spendlove
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic
One of the best film Elvis made along with Charro....this film was very good and a joy to watch...brought back memories of knowing Elvis really could act....
Published 8 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
this is the best film elvis ever made pity he didnt do more films were he didnt sing so much and did more acting love elvis he is fab
Published 9 months ago by gilly
5.0 out of 5 stars film review
change of habit was absolutely superb i am and always will be an ELVIS fan this film is different from his normal
and really shows how good an actor he was i do not know how... Read more
Published 13 months ago by James Prentice
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This was just as discribed, and still as good a film as I remembered. Thanks for all those happy memories :)
Published 14 months ago by Kim
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