This Is Elvis (1981) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
7.0/ 10 (563 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
David L. Wolper Productions [us]
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (presents)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 3 April 1981
(USA) - 4 April 1981
(France) - 18 August 1981
(Italy) - 18 August 1981
(Finland) - 4 September 1981

Running Time

The rare personal films never before seen by the public.

1950s, actor, blues-music, camera, character-name-in-title, church, classroom, concert, death, disc-jockey, elvis-presley, fame, fan, film-clip, film-set, filmmaking, germany, guitarist, high-school, hollywood, home-movie, hospital, hysteria, jukebox, las-vegas-nevada,

Technical Support
LAB:Technicolor, USA - (prints by) (as TechnicolorĀ®)
MET:4014 m
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Allen, Steve (I) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  2. Berle, Milton as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  3. Bishop, Joey (I) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  4. Black, Bill (IV) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  5. Boensch III, Paul as [Elvis - Age 10] <2>
  6. Davis Jr., Sammy (I) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  7. Donner, Ral as (voice) [Voice of retrospective Elvis] <16>
  8. Dorsey, Jimmy (I) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  9. Dorsey, Tommy as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  10. Esposito, Joe (I) as (voice) (also archive footage) [Joe Esposito - Narration] <17>
  11. Fontana, D.J. as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  12. Fortas, Alan as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  13. Gardner, Hy as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  14. Grant, Cary (I) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  15. Hamilton, George (I) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  16. Harra, Johnny as [Elvis - Age 42] <3>
  17. Hebler, Dave as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  18. Hodge, Charlie (I) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  19. Hope, Bob (I) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  20. Howe, Bones as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself - from the 1968 'Elvis' TV Special]
  21. Koller, Lawrence as [Vernon Presley] <4>
  22. Lewis, Furry as [Bluesman] <8>
  23. MacKay, Dana as [Elvis - Age 35] <10>
  24. Marx, Groucho as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  25. McDowell, Ronnie as [Singing voice of Elvis in High School]
  26. Moore, Scotty (II) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  27. Parker, Ed (I) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  28. Parker, Tom (XI) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  29. Phillips, Jerry (I) as [Bill Black] <14>
  30. Phillips, Knox (I) as [Sam Phillips] <11>
  31. Presley, Elvis as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  32. Presley, Vernon as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  33. Presley, Vester as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  34. Randle, Bill as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  35. Raspberry, Larry as [Dewey Phillips] <7>
  36. Scott, David (II) as [Elvis - Age 18] <1>
  37. Silvers, Phil as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  38. Sinatra, Frank as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  39. Smith, Emory (I) as [Scotty Moore] <15>
  40. Sullivan, Ed (I) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  41. Taurog, Norman as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  42. Tomack, Michael as (voice) [Vernon Presley - Narration] <21>
  43. Webster, Aaron (V) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  44. Webster, Aaron (XI) as (uncredited) [In attendance at Elvis' funeral procession]
  45. West, Del Sonny as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Himself]
  46. Alden, Ginger as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Herself]
  47. Cyrill, Andrea as [Ginger Alden] <13>
  48. Edge, Debbie as [Gladys Presley] <6>
  49. Hart, Dolores as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Herself]
  50. Hopper, Hedda as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Herself]
  51. Jenkins, Mary (I) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Herself]
  52. Kiser, Virginia as (voice) [Gladys Presley - Narration] <20>
  53. Lyn, Rhonda as [Priscilla Presley] <5>
  54. Needham, Cheryl as [Linda Thompson] <12>
  55. Nicholson, Pauline as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Herself]
  56. Paget, Debra as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Cathy Reno (segment "Love Me Tender")]
  57. Presley, Gladys as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Herself]
  58. Presley, Lisa Marie as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Herself]
  59. Presley, Priscilla as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Herself]
  60. Robinson, Liz (I) as [Minnie Mae Presley] <9>
  61. Rooks, Nancy as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Herself]
  62. Sinatra, Nancy (I) as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Herself]
  63. Stanwyck, Barbara as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Herself]
  64. Sweetnam, Lisha as (voice) [Priscilla Presley - Narration] <19>
  65. Thompson, Linda (I) as (voice) (also archive footage) [Linda Thompson - Narration] <18>
  66. Tiu, Vicky as (archive footage) (uncredited) [Herself]


  1. Biography
  2. Music

Full Plot

Though several actors portray Elvis Presley at different stages of his life, this documentary is comprised mostly of actual performance footage and interviews with Elvis, his fans and those close to him. His arrival on the national scene ,in 1956, is highlighted by clips from "Stage Show", "The Milton Berle Show" and "The Ed Sullivan Show". Scenes from several of his 33 films are highlighted including his screen debut in "Love Me Tender" (1956) and the critically acclaimed "King "Creole"(1958), his last film prior to a 2 year hitch in the military. From 1960-68 he kept busy by making films and soundtrack albums, as well as some Gospal albums. After an absence of almost 9 years from live performing, Elvis returned in 1968 to do a TV Special titled "Elvis" and in 1969 performed in Las Vegas for the first time since 1956. His Vegas appearances, along with his nation wide concert tours, continued for the remainder of his career. A clip from his 1973 TV Special,"Elvis Aloa", is featured. Telecast from Hawaii, it was the first concert to be televised live by satellite around the world.We also see footage from his last TV Special, "Elvis in Concert", which was taken from his final 1977 tour. Plot not found

Total Business

BT: USD 5,000,000 CP: ©1981 Warner Bros. Inc. (on print) GR: USD 429,146 (USA) (12 April 1981) GR: USD 2,028,612 (USA) OW: USD 429,146 (USA) (12 April 1981) (309 screens) PD: May 1980 - July 1980 WG: USD 429,146 (USA) (12 April 1981) (309 screens)

Movie Certificate

PG (Australia)
PG (Canada)(Canadian Home Video rating)
6 (Netherlands)
S (Finland)
PG (USA)(Approved No. 26283)

Music Composers

  1. Scharf, Walter


Fazer Musiikki Oy/Fazer Video [fi] - (1989) (Finland) (VHS)
Mainostelevisio (MTV3) [fi] - (1988) (Finland) (TV)
National Broadcasting Company (NBC) [us] - (1983) (USA) (TV) (broadcast premiere)
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (1981) (USA) (theatrical)
Warner Home Video [ca] - (2010) (Canada) (DVD) (17 film box set)
Warner Home Video [us] - (2010) (USA) (DVD) (17 film box set)

Film Editors

  1. Farr, Glenn (co-editor)
  2. Friedgen, Bud


  1. Allen, Robert (XXXIV) (production associate)
  2. Berman Bogdan, Jessica (researcher) (as Jessica Berman)
  3. Brossette, Stanley (unit publicist) (as Stan Brossette)
  4. Daves, Donna (production associate)
  5. Esposito, Joe (I) (consultant)
  6. Fleischer, Carol (researcher)
  7. Friedgen, Bud (video sequences)
  8. Furmanek, Ron (research coordinator)
  9. Hawkins, Jill (II) (researcher)
  10. Hayman, Janet (researcher) (as Janet Haymen)
  11. Henry, Margaret (researcher)
  12. Katoni, Irving (production associate)
  13. Ochs, Michael (researcher)
  14. Parker, Tom (XI) (technical advisor) (as Colonel Tom Parker)
  15. Perlstein, Sandra (assistant to producers)
  16. Peters, Janice (production secretary)
  17. Potter, Hal (researcher)
  18. Sanderson, Auriel (production coordinator)
  19. Schilling, Jerry (consultant)
  20. Van Eaton, Wesley (production associate)
  21. Wilkinson, Cheryl (contract administrator) (as Cheryl L. Wilkinson)
  22. Wolper, Mark (production associate)


Pauline Nicholson: [Elvis and Ginger prepare to go upstairs to his bedroom, passing the kitchen doorway, where Pauline is seated at the table] Mr. P, can I get you some sandwiches? Elvis at 42: [waves] That'd be fine, Pauline.

Other Titles

  1. Das ist Elvis (1981) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  2. The Life of Elvis Presley (1981) (ENG)
    (USA) (working title)

  3. Das ist Elvis (1981) (GER)
    (West Germany)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Graceland - 3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
  2. Memphis, Tennessee, USA
  3. Portland, Maine, USA
  4. Tupelo, Mississippi, USA


- At the time of releasing film included lots of very rare and never before seen footage of 'Elvis Presley' (qv).

- 'Joe Esposito (I)' (qv), friend of real 'Elvis Presley' (qv), was cast to play himself on the film.

- The expanded home video version contains rare footage such as the "Sagebrush Presley" comedy skit from _"The Steve Allen Show" (1950)_ (qv) and his compelling 1956 performance of a Four Aces' style ballad "I Was The One", which hinted an appeal to a wider audience or another musical direction even then.

- In 1961 Ral Donner, who is the voice of a "retrospective" Elvis in this film, covered an Elvis song, "The Girl of My Best Friend" with some chart success.

- 70s rockabilly singer Ronnie Mcdowell is the singing voice of Elvis (David Scott) in High School. He was also previously Kurt Russell's singing voice as Elvis (1979).