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Starring: Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge, Yola Quartey, Luke Bracey, Natasha Bassett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Dacre Montgomery, Helen Thomson, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Xavier Samuel, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Bio-musical drama directed and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. Elvis (2022) centers on the life and music of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). The story spans over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, his marriage to Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge), against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
Colonel Tom Parker: There are some who’d make me out to be the villain of this here story.
Colonel Tom Parker: Are you born with destiny? Or does it just come knocking at your door?
Stage Presenter: He’s a young singer from Memphis, Tennessee. Give him a warm Hayride welcome. Mr. Elvis Presley!
Audience Member: [to Elvis] Get a haircut, buttercup!
Colonel Tom Parker: In that moment, I watched that skinny boy transform into a superhero.
Elvis Presley: [during his concert, referring to the women in the audience] What are they hollering at?
Band Member: It’s the wiggle.
Elvis Presley: The what?
Band Member: Them girls want to see you wiggle. Move, man!
Hank Snow: [as they watch the audience lose their minds over Elvis] What were you thinking, Jimmie?
Jimmie Rodgers: I don’t know what I’m thinking.
Gladys Presley: [referring to the audience] Please, Lord, don’t let them hurt my baby.
Vernon Presley: Hurt him? Look like they want to…
Colonel Tom Parker: Now, I don’t know nothing about music, but I could see in that girl’s eyes, he was a taste of forbidden fruit. She could have eaten him alive. He was my destiny.
Colonel Tom Parker: I wish to promote you, Mr. Presley. Are you ready to fly?
Elvis Presley: I’m ready. Ready to fly.
Colonel Tom Parker: Tomorrow, all America will be talking about Elvis Presley!
Man: Mr. Presley, try not to move around so much during the takes.
Elvis Presley: If I can’t move, I can’t sing.
Elvis Presley: Some people wanted to put me in jail, because of the way I was moving.
B.B. King: They might put me in jail for walking across the street, but you’re a famous white boy.
Gladys Presley: [to Elvis] The way you sing is God-given, so there can’t be nothing wrong with it.
Colonel Tom Parker: Tragedy, but it has nothing to do with us.
Elvis Presley: It has everything to do with us.
Elvis Presley: A reverend once told me, “When things are too dangerous to say sing.”
Elvis Presley: I’m going to be forty soon, and nobody’s going to remember me.
Elvis Presley: I need to get back to who I really am.
Jerry Schilling: And who are you, Elvis?
Elvis Presley: I just got to be making the most of this thing while I can. This could all be over in a flash.
Colonel Tom Parker: We are the same, you and I. We are two odd, lonely children,
reaching for eternity.
Colonel Tom Parker: The greatest show on earth.
Stage Presenter: Elvis has left the building.