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Heartbreak Hotel (1988)

When a teen tries to set up a band at his school, his mother who was a big fan of Elvis Presley gets in a wreck he and his band members decides to kidnap Elvis and have him hooked up with his mother.

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Chris Columbus

Writer:

Chris Columbus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Keith ... Elvis Presley
Tuesday Weld ... Marie Wolfe
Charlie Schlatter ... Johnny Wolfe
Angela Goethals ... Pam Wolfe
Jacque Lynn Colton Jacque Lynn Colton ... Rosie Pantangellio
Chris Mulkey ... Steve Ayres
Karen Landry ... Irene
Tudor Sherrard Tudor Sherrard ... Paul Quinine
Paul J. Harkins Paul J. Harkins ... Brian Gasternick (as Paul Harkins)
Noel Derecki Noel Derecki ... Tony Vandelo
Dana Barron ... Beth Devereux
T. Graham Brown T. Graham Brown ... Jerry Schilling
Dennis Letts ... Alan Fortas
Stephen Lee Davis Stephen Lee Davis ... George Klein
Blue Deckert ... Jones
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Storyline

Johnny, a 17 year old boy, succeeds in kidnapping Elvis Presley and thus convinces him to meet her mother who is a fan of his and has to stand difficult times at that moment. Written by Volker Boehm

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A rock and roll fantasy. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eläköön Elvis See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,063,546, 2 October 1988

Gross USA:

$5,509,417

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,509,417
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the hotel is "Flaming Star," which is also the name of Elvis Presley's 6th movie. See more »

Goofs

The jet in the movie ending is a Cessna Citation 500. Although commercially available since 1971, the airplane on the movie (registry N888GA - cn 500-0132) was built in 1973, one year after the movie events. See more »

Quotes

Elvis Presley: Son, you're talking to Elvis Presley! Do I look like a dating service?
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer at the end of the movie that "This was a work of fiction and not a depiction of events that occurred during Elvis Presley's lifetime. " See more »


Soundtracks

Can't Help Falling In Love
Written by George David Weiss (as George Weiss), Hugo Peretti & Luigi Creatore
Performed by David Keith with the T. Graham Brown Band
Produced by Robert Kraft
Vocal re-mix produced by Bruce Botnick
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TRULY WONDERFUL ESCAPISM !!!
22 June 2001 | by bgraham-1See all my reviews

'Heartbreak Hotel' is one one the all-time greatest entertainment treasures. With a solid, brilliant cast led by the incredibly talented Mr. David Keith as Elvis Presley, this movie could brighten even the dullest mood with its simple charm, humour and wonderful music. Some of the more short-sighted have complained about, among other irrelevancies, the lack of facial likeness between Mr. Keith and 'The King' as if that was an error of some kind rather than recognizing the fact that Mr. Keith was obviously chosen for the role because he is an amazing 'Elvis' vocal and visual impersonator with the necessary talent in order to capture the essence of Elvis without having to rely on physical likeness which can only testify to the limitless capabilities of this great actor, so much so that there are moments when Elvis almost appears transfigure through David Keith, who incidently is also a native of the State of Tennessee.

No-one ever intended this movie to be taken seriously, but only enjoyed for its sheer entertainment value. The majority of the singing is actually performed by David Keith himself, which no Elvis impersonator could top !! I have read reviews of this movie which cast doubt on this fact, but if you watch the end titles you will see his vocal performing credits. I also know that he used his own voice because HE told me in person during several chats I had with him whilst he was here in Hope, BC with James Spader filming the upcoming movie 'The Stick-Up'. Charlie Schlater is also an immensely talented actor with the same kind of natural charisma and talent of Michael J. Fox. As I said previously, all the cast are magnificent and obviously adored making this movie as their pleasure and happiness shines through. Remember, this is not an Elvis biography, but merely a fantasy tale which in its own way honours the memory of the real Elvis. A heartfelt tribute to 'The King'. David Keith can also be seen in 'An Officer and a Gentleman'; 'U-571'; 'Men of Honor'; 'Brubaker'; 'The Rose'; 'The Lords of Discipline'; 'Major League 2'; and 'Texas' among many others.


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