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King Creole [DVD] [1958]

4.7 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Dolores Hart, Dean Jagger
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Writers: Harold Robbins, Herbert Baker, Michael V. Gazzo
  • Producers: Hal B. Wallis, Joseph H. Hazen, Paul Nathan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Mar. 2002
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UO5R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,694 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The mob tries to lure Elvis, a popular New Orleans singer, into their dangerous circle. Elvis gives Bourbon Street a new spirited b eat with his captivating singing.

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Before his handlers persuaded him to settle for the safety of a screen franchise, the young Elvis Presley had weightier ambitions as an actor. The 1958 King Creole, his fourth feature outing, hints at the underlying seriousness of his goals.

Presley plays Danny Fisher, a New Orleans teenager struggling to graduate from high school while working in a sleazy French Quarter club to support his family. He's also characterised as a troubled youth with a dangerous temper and feelings of shame and resentment toward his meek, unemployed father (Dean Jagger). When Danny's gift for singing provides him with a potential career break (and the requisite excuse for Elvis's production numbers), his involvement with a ruthless gangster (Walter Matthau) and his sultry, alcoholic moll (Carolyn Jones) threatens both his future and his family.

King Creole boasts an impressive production pedigree (including producer Hal Wallis and director Michael Curtiz, the team behind Casablanca) and the supporting cast helps elicit one of Presley's most emotional performances. Jones in particular overrides the inherent clichés of her role: her self-loathing and sexuality are both palpable. Presley--still a few years away from the more sanitised image that would be integral to those franchise features--is young enough to be a credible teen, but more crucially he makes his rage and yearning largely convincing. --Sam Sutherland

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By A Customer on 24 Mar. 2002
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Many believe King Creole to be the best film that Elvis ever made. Well, that's not far wrong, as King Creole is an excellent film, so good that I would rate it very close to the likes of Rebel Without a Cause.
The cast is great (Walter Matthau, Dean Jagger & Carolyn Jones) plus the legendary Michael Curtiz of Casablanca fame, in the directors seat.
King Creole is so good that many critics, and indeed fans can't see past it. Which is a shame as Elvis made many more high calibur films, that, when looked at without pre-conceptions about the fluff and beach films, we have a very fine actor in Mr Presley.
It's also a pity that there are no special features on this DVD, as the transfer is excellent as is the great sound.
My personal recommendations, aside from King Creole, I would say that Flaming Star was his best film. Check out the 10 best below, they are excellent.
1 Flaming Star
2 King Creole
3 Wild in the Country
4 The Trouble With Girls
5 Change of Habit
6 Jailhouse Rock
7 Follow that Dream
8 Charro
9 Stay Away Jow
10 It Happened at the Worlds Fair
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King Creole is directed by Michael Curtiz and adapted to screenplay by Herbert Baker and Michael V. Gazzo from the novel A Stone for Danny Fisher written by Harold Robbins. It stars Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Dolores Hart, Dean Jagger, Vic Morrow, Paul Stewart and Jan Shepard. Music is scored by Walter Scharf and cinematography by Russell Harlan. Plot finds Presley as Danny Fisher, a high school student struggling at school who falls in with the wrong crowd just as family matters of the heart start to take a hold.

He said anybody that disagreed with you got a punch in the mouth. Is that what I brought you up to do, to fight?

The last film Presley made before going off to do his service in the army, King Creole is his best film. It's one of only a small handful that showed the star actually had some acting ability, here he gets a top director to work under and a very tidy cast put along side him for him to respond too. Presley immediately warmed to Curtiz (Casablanca/Mildred Pierce), wilfully doing as he was told by the wily old director, rewarding the film fan with a performance of some merit. Presley would often say it was his personal favourite of his own films, and it's not hard to see why. Though packed with musical numbers, many of them belters as well, the film always stays dramatic, in fact the tunes form part of the narrative, they are not frothy interludes slotted in purely for fan appeasement.

Everything he touches turns to drink.

It's not unreasonable to expect King Creole to be a fun movie, the kind where Elvis flies a plane, speeds around on power boats, or saves the word during a treasure hunt, because the poster art and DVD covers lend you to think that.
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Elvis's performance in `King Creole', and his later turn in the more sombre `Flaming Star', is more than good enough to debunk the myth that he was an inherently unconvincing actor. On the contrary, he had the potential to be a bona fide Hollywood heavyweight but a combination of factors (eg, rapacious management, market forces) ultimately confined him to trashy musicals. King Creole is dated now, but Elvis is superb in it - charismatic, urgent, sympathetic and confident in a gritty story line relocated from New York to New Orleans to take account of the star's southern accent. The songs are mostly contrived Louisiana parodies but are witty and fun, and are interpreted with utter audacity by the King. One tune after the other emerges as classic Presley. A wonderful document of how great Elvis was at the height of his powers.
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If you only ever see one Elvis movie, see this one, Elvis' personal favourite. More than any of the other thirty movies Presley starred in, King Creole shows Elvis' remarkable talent and acting ability.
A 'colourful' movie, shot in black and white. Lies, cheating, stealing, cheap nightclubs, cheap women, and that's only on Bourbon Street!
Memorable characters you'll love and hate. The unscrupulous Maxi Fields, Nellie the nice girl, and Ronnie the moll to name a few.
A superb script, terrific cast and good soundtrack make King Creole timeless.
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King Creole was Elvis' fourth film, and with a stellar cast, legendary director and a great script; you'll know that King Creole is an excellent film.
Regarded by many as Elvis best film; I disagree, "Flaming Star", "Jailhouse Rock", "Wild in the Country", "Change of Habit" and "Charro" are also contenders.
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This has to be the best film Elvis ever made.From the opening scene with Elvis singing "Crawfish" to the very end,this film rocks! Elvis shows great acting talent,sings great songs and the storyline is strong.If you only buy one Elvis film,this should be it.I've watched it half-a-dozen times and my wife over 40 times.The story is of Danny rebelling against the direction his parents would like him to take,falling for the right girl and then the wrong girl with a little fisticuffs along the way.Recommended fun for all ages.Buy it and enjoy.
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