- Actors: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Vaughn Taylor, Jennifer Holden
- Directors: Richard Thorpe
- Writers: Guy Trosper, Nedrick Young
- Producers: Kathryn Hereford, Pandro S. Berman
- 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: U
- Studio: Warner
- DVD Release Date: 1 Jun. 2006
- Run Time: 93 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0002B95P8
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Richard Thorpe directs this American musical drama starring Elvis Presley. The film follows young construction worker Vince Everett (Presley) who is sent to prison for accidentally killing a man. While behind bars he discovers his passion for music and begins to nurture his talent with the help of his cellmate, former country singer Hunk Houghton (Mickey Shaughnessy). After he is released over a year later, Vince attracts the attention of beautiful music promoter Peggy Van Alden (Judy Tyler) who helps him catch his big break.
Elvis Presley's third and best film is this musical romp released in 1957, just as the Big "E" was reaching the peak of his hip-swivelling pre-army success. Filmed in ultra-cool black and white, the movie stars Elvis as a good ol' boy who saves a woman from an assault but kills her attacker, so he's convicted of manslaughter and sent to jail. While doing time he takes up the guitar and becomes a singing sensation, ready for the big time when he's finally released. He becomes a big star but his inflated ego gets him into trouble with his former cellmate and his new girlfriend. Short on plot but heavy on rock & roll, this EP classic features such hit songs as "Treat Me Nice", "Baby, I Don't Care", "Don't Leave Me Now" and, of course, the classic title song, performed in an elaborate jailhouse number that Elvis choreographed himself. This is Elvis in all his big-screen glory, and the movie's upbeat ending made it a huge success during its original release. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As movie plots go, this is a typical 1950's 'boy makes good' storyline. As a musical however, this is certainly legendary material. Twenty two year old Elvis throws himself into this role like a pro, and should've won some kind of film award for his highly believable presentation of the main character, Vince Everett. He plays the sulky, arrogant, and violent role so well that you forget it is Elvis Presley. But you are intermittently reminded with the fantastic musical numbers throughout the movie that it is Elvis, especially the Baby I Don't Care number.
This great 1957 black & white classic boasts the first on screen music video, and that is the movie title song Jailhouse Rock. Said to be partly choreographed by Elvis himself, it is one of the most recognized musical song and dance classics of all time. The title song needs no introduction of course, being one of the most important anthems ever in rock & roll history. Elvis performs this hard hitting song into masterpiece category.
Elvis was totally traumatized upon completion of this movie when he learnt of the tragic death of his 24 year old co-star, Judy Tyler, who never lived to see this movie. She died in a car accident twelve weeks before the film's official release.
Jailhouse Rock is a great movie classic you'll watch many times over. Recommended as a must for your collection.
Vince Everett is a young man full of misdirected passion. A spell of trouble lands him in jail -cue terrific title sequence-and after a few stumbles in the dark, certainly ' All Shook Up' Everett finally finds his true niche as a singer.
With a strong supporting cast -including Judy Tyler who was tragically killed shortly after the film's release- Jailhouse Rock has a lot to recommend it, not least Elvis' sensational performance, often acclaimed as a career best. This is a moot point as he made at least a handful of other first-rate films, but what's not in dispute is how enormously enjoyable this vintage slice of rock 'n' roll is in every respect: it positively oozes pizazz!
Forget anything detrimental that you've heard about Elvis' films and simply wallow in the musical glory of Elvis Presley in his heyday.
Jailhouse Rock is my fave Elvis film. I loved all his early films but this one stands out from the rest. The 60's films were a joke but in the 50's Elvis ruled the film world. He acted like James Dean, he became that film rebel. This film should have been released again this year but I can live with watching it on video like everyone esle.
I give this film 5/5. There is no other music film that stands out like Jailhouse Rock!
Here, he plays a young singer Vince Edwards who is jailed for manslaughter after getting involved in a bar room brawl. During his months in prison, he learns a style of rock music from his mentor played by Mickey Shaughnessy. Upon his release, he meets by accident Peggy (Judy Tyler) who recognises his talent and sets him off onto the road to stardom. The rest, as they say, is history. Its a rather dated, but memorable look back at Elvis's early career. Includes some of his early hits such as 'Treat Me Nice'; I Wanna be Free' and of course the famous title song now recognised as one of the finest Rock and Roll songs of all time; 'Jailhouse Rock'.
Filmed in Widescreen, picture is clean and crisp with slight print damage in some scenes, although hardly noticeable. Sound is mono, but is good on a Home Cinema System which is switched to Stereo Only. Supplemented by a trailer and subtitles for the hard of hearing.
It should be added too that like James Dean who died shortly in a car crash after completing his scenes in Giant; Judy Tyler was unfortunately to suffer the same tragic fate as Dean, herself being killed in a car crash soon after she completed her scenes. So this is a tribute in her memory.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jailhouse rock os probably my favourite Elvis film. The dvd did it justice.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this film of Elvis as a rather stroppy and difficult but talented young man. All fairly predictable but pleasant and great to hear that voice again!Published 7 months ago by Caroline Gale
Excellent quality in sound and vision, with in my opinion the greatest ROCK AND ROLL TUNE EVER!! JAILHOUSE ROCK! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alan Phillips
A brilliant film for Elvis to show his acting ability. Wonderful singing as always. Pity he wasn't given better scripts in so many of his films, they missed a great acting talent!Published 12 months ago by Kate Brown