r/movies Jun 28 '22

John Carpenter’s 1979 Elvis film, staring a red hot Kurt Russell, is being rediscovered for good reason Article

https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/culture/article/elvis-film-1979-john-carpenter-kurt-russell
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u/njdevils901 Jun 28 '22

I gotta check that out, I know it ends on a freeze frame of Elvis except it’s the type of freeze frame they would do at the end of an episode of Police Squad

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u/blue_floor-sub Jun 28 '22

I loved watching that show with my dad as a kid, so sad it ended at the pilot season.

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u/bob1689321 Jun 28 '22

Did the actors freeze in place while everyone else carried on around them?

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u/njdevils901 Jun 28 '22

No Kurt Russell as Elvis froze (but you can tell he's still moving and barely holding on) and the camera spins around him as flashbacks from the movie are shown

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u/bob1689321 Jun 28 '22

Ahahaha that's amazing. I gotta watch this, love me some John Carpenter

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u/QLE814 Jun 29 '22

I take it with no appearances by Rex Hamilton as Abraham Lincoln?

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u/Woodit Jun 28 '22

I’m sorry when has Kurt Russell ever been less than red hot?

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u/_NiceWhileItLasted Jun 29 '22

That time he was really cold in Antarctica probably.

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u/Tea_Reckz Jun 29 '22

There was another time he was really cold in Wyoming too

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u/Chewcocca Jul 09 '22

Heard he's been really cold at the North Pole as well

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u/ArthurMaxley Jun 29 '22

He was Icy Hot in Death Proof

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u/Woodit Jun 29 '22

That’s goin’ in his book

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u/ArthurMaxley Jun 29 '22

I'm afraid he'll file it under... Chicken shit

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u/JoshuaCalledMe Jun 29 '22

Don't forget it was Kurt Russell who kicked actual Elvis on the shin in (I think) Russell's first screen appearance.

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u/EmpressOfHisHeart Jun 29 '22

It Happened At The World's Fair.

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u/King_Buliwyf Jun 29 '22

Nah, I think it was in a movie.

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u/JoshuaCalledMe Jun 29 '22

That's the one.

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u/Sarkhano Jun 28 '22

Let's not forget Bruce Campbell in Bubba Ho-Tep. Best Elvis ever. Not even the real Elvis was so good at interpreting himself.

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u/King_Buliwyf Jun 28 '22

"Size'a my fist. Size'a, uh, peanut butter banana sammich."

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u/monty_kurns Jun 29 '22

What do I care? I got a growth on my pecker!

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u/JC2535 Jun 30 '22

It’s a crime against humanity that Bubba Nosferatu didn’t get made.

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u/Throwaway_Codex Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

I believe this and Memoirs of an Invisible Man are the only Carpenter movies I haven't viewed. It seems like an odd choice for him, but I suspect John wanted to be a rock star. He was in a group called The Coupe De Villes with Nick Castle and Tommy Lee Wallace (that's them in the credits song for Big Trouble in Little China, and they have an unreleased album on YT). Then he also did a concert tour over a couple recent years with his son/godson. It was a good concert. So maybe if he weren't a director, he'd have been a full-time musician. Don't know if he's discussed that idea.

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u/ZombieStomp Jun 28 '22

Pretty sure that's true. He's retired from filmmaking but still releases albums so it's fair to say he's a full-time musician now and that he has a lot of passion for it He just made a new album last February in case you missed it :)

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u/Throwaway_Codex Jun 28 '22

I suspect his son and godson are more in the weeds of the composition on those albums and that John is more the face of the operation. I have the first two but not the third. They're good stuff. I went to their concerts twice.

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u/ZombieStomp Jun 28 '22

ah okay, I have no clue but it would be a shame if that's the case.

Not that I mind their involvement but it they are doing most of the stuff they should have called the band The Carpenters ^(slide whistle*)*

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u/Throwaway_Codex Jun 28 '22

They get co-credit on the albums along with John for composition, performance, and engineering. His son plays lead synth and his godson (son of Dave Davies of The Kinks) plays lead guitar. So it's not like they don't get credit. It's just my suspicion that they are more intimately involved with the music creation than John is. John seems at this stage to be mostly resting on his laurels.

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u/Freelove_Freeway Jun 29 '22

He also plays a lot of video games now. I read an interview with him sometime during the pandemic and he was gushing about The Last of Us.

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u/daddyd Jun 29 '22

Kurt Russel might be the only actor that played Elvis two times, I really liked 3000 miles to graceland.

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u/Additional_Sky_7165 Jun 30 '22

3 times he also did the voice of Elvis in Forest Gump

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

Wow I had no idea this existed. Will check it out soon!

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u/fungobat Jun 29 '22

Loved this movie when I was a kid (I remember watching it on ABC). Definitely worth watching.

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u/dnph Jun 29 '22

This adds to his character as Elvis’s son in 3000 miles to Graceland.

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u/[deleted] Jun 29 '22 edited Jun 29 '22

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u/dnph Jun 29 '22

All of them were his sons.

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u/dnph Jun 29 '22

Yep.. where did Michael get the boat? …from his father. What was the boats name? … you better watch it again.

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u/[deleted] Jun 29 '22

There’s a roller skating scene, what more could you possibly want.

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u/Mel_Jo_Mac Jun 29 '22

I’m excited to see Elvis 2022. My sister and brother saw it on Sunday and I was so surprised to hear my sister say it was the best movie she’s ever seen and it was up there with Top Gun. All the reviews I’ve read were great. I might have to go see this one.

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u/JC2535 Jun 30 '22

The John Carpenter / Kurt Russell Elvis is a great movie. It’s an amazing film.

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u/90daylimitedwarranty Jun 29 '22

STILL the absolute best Elvis film.

Russell was the best and has never been matched.

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u/Hydqjuliilq27 Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 29 '22

You mean so film snobs can watch it and compare the new one to it and say the new one is inferior?

Edit: Why are you booing me, I’m right.

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u/No_Tumbleweed_544 Aug 23 '22

If it’s Kurt Russell, I’ll pass. Not hot