Love Me Tender 1956

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Elvis Presley made his motion picture debut in the Civil War drama Love Me Tender. Elvis, however, is not the star of the proceedings: that honor goes jointly to Richard Egan and Debra Paget. The story concerns three brothers--Egan, William Campbell and James Drury--who steal a Union payroll on behalf of the Confederacy, only to discover that the war is over and that they're now technically outlaws. Rather than return the money, the brothers divvy it up amongst themselves. Upon returning home, Egan discovers that his sweetheart (Debra Paget) has married Elvis, his youngest brother. Since Love Me Tender has been played incessantly on TV since the early 1960s, it is giving away nothing to reveal that the film is one of two in which Elvis Presley's character dies at the end. Naturally, Elvis is afforded plenty of opportunities to sing: the scene in which he launches into an anachronistic hip-swivelling performance at a county fair is one of the high points of mid-1950s kitsch.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Debra Paget, Robert Middleton
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Love Me Tender

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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 26 minutes
Starring Debra Paget, Robert Middleton, Richard Egan, Elvis Presley
Director Robert D. Webb
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 9 May 2005
Main languages English

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A L Goonan on 3 Sep 2001
Format: VHS Tape
In this first Elvis movie, we see our hero as a young western farmer, too young to have joined his older brothers fighting in the American Civil War. He and his family believe the eldest brother, Vance, to have been killed a while ago, and Clint (Elvis) falls in love with Cathy, Vance's fiancee. They eventually marry, and then the fun starts, as all 3 older brothers suddenly return home from the now ended war. Vance of course still thinks that Cathy is waiting for him to return so they can marry. A fairly bland, yet pleasant story line, acted well by all involved, including young Elvis, who still has blonde hair at this stage of his career. The descision to add 3 further songs to the title theme is a bit of a mistake in my opinion, as these songs do not fit well into the storyline. But it's nice to see Elvis performing them I suppose. Trivia Fact: Elvis's mother, Gladys, was so upset by the original ending of the film (where Clint dies) that the studio called the actors back and made them shoot an extra scene. This had Elvis, superimposed over the graveyard scence, singing an extra verse of Love Me Tender. A good film, showing us that Elvis Presley was more than just a singer. Without a single acting lesson, he does an admirable job as Clint Reno. Well worth watching even if you aren't a diehard Elvis fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lorah on 11 Jun 2013
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I ordered this expecting the film "Love me Tender" but it's just a compilation of songs from different concerts - my mistake as I didn't check the packaging carefully enough. It's ok, but not as good as the film - much of the content is on other dvds, and many Elvis fans will already have much of it. I should have checked the back of the box first Elvis Presley: Love Me Tender [DVD], but assumed, since I was looking in "Film & TV" that it would be the feature film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joy waugh on 25 May 2014
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An interesting first film for Elvis. He plays a young farmer at the time
of the American Civil War, who marries his brother's girl-friend because
the brother is reported as having died in action.
Unfortunately for all concerned, the brother was not killed, and when he
returns home, he is devastated to find that his girl-friend is now married to
his brother.
Elvis tries hard to be a film actor, but shows traces of his inexperience. He
sings a few songs of which "Love me Tender" is the sweetest, and the most
well-known. This film makes you want to see more of Elvis as an actor -
which happens later in "King Creole" - perhaps his best role in films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jilly_mo on 12 Feb 2014
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What can I say it is what it is a DVD of an Elvis film. The film quality was good and the price reasonable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jenny on 7 Sep 2013
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The usual high content of early Elvis. The quality of the dvd was good and up to expectation. Very happy to own it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By looney liina on 7 Feb 2013
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Great quality - arrived on time and as described! Very happy with the purchase. . . . . . .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnson on 24 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
I bought this thinking it was the DVD of the film 'Love Me Tender' for my husband as he is a big fan. What it actually is is a load of different songs. That's fine but it's not what I wanted.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L J ARTHURS on 20 Jan 2012
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Elvis Presley Sings a few songs, but mainly acts in his first movie, shows his ability. Amazon correctly priced, described, and delivered promptly
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