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Elvis & Nixon (2016)

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The untold true story behind the meeting between Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n Roll, and President Richard Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.

Director:

Liza Johnson

Writers:

Joey Sagal (screenplay), Hanala Sagal (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Elvis
Kevin Spacey ... Nixon
Alex Pettyfer ... Jerry
Johnny Knoxville ... Sonny
Colin Hanks ... Krogh
Evan Peters ... Chapin
Sky Ferreira ... Charlotte
Tracy Letts ... John Finlator
Tate Donovan ... Haldeman
Ashley Benson ... Margaret (Ticket Agent)
Kamal Angelo Bolden ... Mack
Ahna O'Reilly ... Mary Anne Peterson
Ian Hoch ... Donald
Ritchie Montgomery ... Grady (Airport Security)
Nathalie Love ... Stewardess #1
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Storyline

On a December morning in 1970, the King of Rock 'n Roll showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Nixon. Starring Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley and two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon, comes the untold true story behind this revealing, yet humorous moment in the Oval Office forever immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives. Written by Bleecker Street

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Taglines:

The true story you won't quite believe. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | History

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2016 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvis and Nixon See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$466,447, 24 April 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,031,598, 8 May 2016
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)| Color (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the film's early stage of development, this was going to be a micro-budget movie, with co-screenwriter Joey Sagal as Elvis Presley. However, he ended up playing Elvis Impersonator Joe King instead. See more »

Goofs

The scene in which Elvis is sitting at LAX shows Southwest Airlines 737 classics in the canyon blue livery. These aircrafts were not introduced until 1984, and that livery was not used until 2001. See more »

Quotes

Sonny: Some snacks... Nice ones
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Hard To Handle
Written by Otis Redding, Allen Alvoid Jones Jr., Al Bell (as Alvertis Isbell)
Performed by Otis Redding
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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The true story?
27 July 2016 | by mic-daleySee all my reviews

I had heard the story of Elvis' meeting with Nixon, but not how it came about. How true this story is, is open to conjecture. The wonderful Kevin Spacey is totally acceptable as Nixon. The look, the voice and the stooped deportment, are spot on. Unfortunately, I never for on moment thought that I was looking at Elvis. Michael Shannon's wig was about the only thing that was on the money. Elvis was very handsome, with tremendous charisma, and a good build. Shannon had none of that going for him. Colin Hanks is improving every time I see him. His portrayal of a Nixon aide was nicely drawn. Johnny Knoxville was rather wasted, as part of the Elvis 'mafia'. It's not a bad bad film and is not padded out too much, though it would probably have made a better television show.


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