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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler-Moore, Barbara McNair, Jane Elliott, Leora Dana
  • Directors: William A. Graham
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal
  • VHS Release Date: 4 Jun. 2001
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JHZZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,547 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The King of Rock and Roll's last acting role really does find him 'in the ghetto', where he plays the streetwise Dr John Carpenter, a musical MD with a mission to cure the inner city blues. Helping him out is Michelle Gallagher (Mary Tyler Moore), a caring hipster chick who is in fact, unbeknownst to Elvis, an undercover nun. Michelle wants to use her speech therapy skills to make the world a better place, but she is worried that her nun's habit might turn the kids away from her, which is why she's left the wimple at home and decked herself out in the latest happening fashions. But this has an unfortunate side effect - Dr Elvis is fast falling in love with her. Will she manage to stay true to her vows or will the rocking doctor's romantic prescriptions prove irresistible? Will the King succeed in wooing the swinging sister or will she ultimately find the crucifix and the rosary more attractive than the guitar and the pelvis?

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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. S on 6 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnson on 28 Dec. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Shah on 7 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb. 2002
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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Aug. 2003
Format: DVD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By s VINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Loreleilee on 7 May 2011
Format: DVD
This is my favourite Elvis movie. I`ve liked it since I saw it for the first time with my dad when I was seven, and now I am 35. Its is the type of movie thats nice to watch several times. Elvis has charm and is at his best looking as a doctor in this movie. Okay, it is Elvis, but I actually thinks he plays this role as doctor quite well. The movie deals with some serious issues, and I love the "street feel" and scenery. Its nice to see Elvis in a different kind of role, he seems confident and relaxed. Only three songs, Change of Habit, Rubberneckin and Have a Happy. What makes this movie special is the story line of three nuns working undercover as nurses at Dr John Carpenters (Elvis`)ghetto clinic . He does not know they are nuns, and an attraction developes between him and Michelle (Mary Taylor Moore). On youtube you can watch the whole movie and I am surprised at how many people liking it. There is a touching scene with a little girl called Amanda, whom they diagnose as autistic(which they know a lot more about today, this is 1969). She does not speak or communicate at first, does not like anyone to pick her up or hold her. At first they think Amanda may be deaf, but she has been abandoned by her mother who did not want her. So the doctor decides to try a new method called rage reduction to help Amanda. A lot of crying and sobbing, but finally she speaks! I love that scene and its quite uniqe. This is a highly recommended movie, especially if you love Elvis:)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jan. 2002
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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