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Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)

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Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

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Denis Sanders
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Himself
James Burton ... Himself - Musician
Glen D. Hardin Glen D. Hardin ... Himself - Musician (as Glen Hardin)
Charlie Hodge Charlie Hodge ... Himself - Musician (as Charley Hodge)
Jerry Scheff Jerry Scheff ... Himself - Musician
Ronnie Tutt Ronnie Tutt ... Himself - Musician
John Wilkinson John Wilkinson ... Himself - Musician
Millie Kirkham Millie Kirkham ... Herself - Background Vocalist
Estell Brown Estell Brown ... Herself - Background Vocalist (as The Sweet Inspirations)
Sylvia Shemmell Sylvia Shemmell ... Herself - Background Vocalist (as The Sweet Inspirations)
Ann Williams Ann Williams ... Herself - Background Vocalist (as The Sweet Inspirations)
Roger Wiles Roger Wiles ... Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
Jim Murray Jim Murray ... Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
Joe Moscheo Joe Moscheo ... Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
Armando Morales Armando Morales ... Himself - Background Vocalist (as The Imperials)
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Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

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Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvis: Thats the Way It Is - Special Edition See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (special edition)

Sound Mix:

SDDS (special edition)| DTS (special edition)| Dolby Digital (special edition)| 4-Track Stereo (original version)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally conceived by Elvis` manager, Colonel Tom Parker, as a live concert shown in cinemas via closed circuit broadcasts. See more »

Quotes

Elvis Presley: [During rehearsal of "Bridge Over Troubled Waters"] "Sail on silver girl, sail on by; your time has come to shine, all dreams are on there way." Hold it. Hold it. Right, right. I don't like the harmony part when it, when it switches there. That just sounds - eh - yeah - when it switches it sounds like some guy that's just lost right here. Which, you know, is the way it is. But, we don't have to emphasize it.
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Alternate Versions

An alternate version, with about 40% of the footage replaced, without the fan interviews or convention, and with more concert and rehearsal footage, was produced in 2000. See more »


Soundtracks

One Night with You
Written by David Bartholomew & Earl King
Performed by Elvis Presley
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ELVIS: THAT'S THE WAY IT IS {2001 Re-Edited Version} (Denis Sanders, 1970) ***
6 September 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

The original theatrical version was drastically re-edited in 2001 to make Elvis' stage performance the core of the show, thus removing all interview footage of the crowd before the concert, etc. Also given its due importance is the various rehearsal sessions which show Elvis goofing off on occasion but clearly knowing what he wants and in complete control of the proceedings. Indeed, Elvis is in great shape – both vocally and physically – and in great spirits, too and the fact that he had been missing live performances during a self-imposed hiatus (a direct result of his lengthy Hollywood sojourn) is palpable. Rather ironically perhaps, among the crowd of admirers one can glimpse such Hollywood celebrities as the already retired Cary Gramt, Sammy Davis. Jr., George Hamilton and ex-Elvis co-star Juliet Prowse!

Presley clearly wanted this film to be done right because he engaged the services of a respectable director (Denis Sanders) and a great director of photography (Lucien Ballard). Personally, I found "Suspicious Minds" to be the standout performance in the concert but all the songs he performed were good ones – including some pretty obscure current titles like "Patch It Up" – and it was refreshing to see the old "rock'n'roll" era standards being "thrown away" in a tongue-in-cheek manner by The King one right after another. His handling of the occasional cover – "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" and "Words" – was also quite impeccable.

After a three-week long Elvis marathon, this is undoubtedly the best way to remember him because, watching him here, one really appreciates why the man was so loved when he was alive and why he is still so revered, missed and imitated 30 years after his death...


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