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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty As Charged: I Love This Film
What is a self-proclaimed intellectual doing watching (and loving) Elvis films? I make no claims about Norman Taurog as a director, nor about the credibility of the script, nor about the authenticity of the Hawaiian music. I DO claim, however, that Elvis is the The King. The songs, the music, and the singing are fantastic. Everything else is strung onto Elvis like...
Published on July 30, 2000 by James Paris

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3.0 out of 5 stars Tour Hawaii with Elvis!!!
Tour Hawaii with Elvis Presley!!! That's a pretty good description of this musical, the success of which marked the end of the singer's attempts at being a serious actor. For what it is--a travelogue with music and a slight plot--it isn't bad at all. But "King Creole," "Flaming Star," and even "Follow That Dream" demonstrated that...
Published on June 3, 1999 by Brian W. Fairbanks


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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty As Charged: I Love This Film, July 30, 2000
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This review is from: Blue Hawaii [VHS] (VHS Tape)
What is a self-proclaimed intellectual doing watching (and loving) Elvis films? I make no claims about Norman Taurog as a director, nor about the credibility of the script, nor about the authenticity of the Hawaiian music. I DO claim, however, that Elvis is the The King. The songs, the music, and the singing are fantastic. Everything else is strung onto Elvis like strings of popcorn around a Christmas tree.
Not all Elvis films are this good. What makes this one better are the glossy production values; and the letterbox print definitely helps. Angela Lansbury puts in a highly amusing performance as Elvis's ditzy Southern Belle mama (after all, Hawaii is the southernmost state, no?). The whole story hinges around Elvis's return from the military and his desire to return to his cozy beach bum existence, while mater and pater want him to join the family pineapple firm.
The King, of course, is subject to no law. He goes into the tour guide business, marshalling a well-preserved teacher and her four teenage charges around the islands. His Franco-Hawaiian girlfriend is jealous that there's more than tourism going on behind closed doors.
At the end, everything comes together. Elvis gets hitched AND finds a way to work in tourism and for the pineapple firm at the same time. All is at peace in the world, and the music wells up. Finis.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis in Hawaii., January 8, 2001
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Robert S. Clay Jr. (St. Louis, MO., USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blue Hawaii [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Viewing this 1961 movie from the perspective of 2001 is a nostalgic treat. It recalls the days when the hottest venue in town was the local movie theater showing Beach Party movies, Vincent Price/Edgar Allan Poe flicks, John Wayne Westerns, and Elvis' latest musical romp.
"Blue Hawaii" is the prototype of Elvis' subsequent movies. It helped change his movie persona from the James Dean wannabe of the pre-army movies into the familiar pop rock star of the mid-'60s. A very slender Elvis returns home from the army and settles in to enjoy life in the sun and spend time with his girl, Maile (Joan Blackman). His stuffy parents disapprove of his beach bum life, disapprove of his friends, and want him to put his nose to the family grindstone in his father's business. This conflict sets in motion the lightweight plot with its obligatory singing, dancing, and romantic complications. As in many of Elvis' pictures, the story merely serves as a framework for the 14 or so musical numbers. Among the best are "Rock-A-Hula Baby," "Beach Boy Blues," and the classic "Can't Help Falling in Love." The scenery is wonderful, the music is fun, and the comedy provokes both groans and chuckles. Angela Lansbury is hilarious as Elvis' southern belle mother. Her air-headed character is an amusing satire of Tennessee Williams. Howard McNear (you know, Floyd the barber on "Andy Griffith") is funny as a befuddled owner of a tourist service. Joan Blackman and a bevy of nubile beauties look good in sixties swimwear. Great color photography and solid Hall Wallis production values add to the enjoyment. Kick back and enjoy the fun. ;-)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light Hearted Musical, December 15, 2000
This review is from: Blue Hawaii [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Great location, great music, poor script - but who really cares when Elvis is on screen doing his thing and singing some of the best songs to ever come out of one film.
Elvis returns to the islands from the army determined not to enter into his rich father's pineapple business, preferring to try and make a go of a tour guide business with his Hawaiian girlfriend. His snobbish mother; Landsbury in a great over the top acting part complete with Southern drawl,("Have you got some sugar for your mother?") is horrified but she and his father eventually agree to let him try.
After various plot twists involving a tourist group made entirely up of young girls, he eventually makes a go of things and marries the girl.
Favourite songs have to be, Can't Help Falling In Love, which he sings to his girlfriend's grandmother for her birthday and Almost Always True. Other songs are, Rock A Hula Baby, Hawaiian Wedding Song, Blue Hawaii, Aloha Oe, No More, Moonlight Swim, Ku-u-i-po, Ito Eats, Slicin' Sand, Hawaiian Sunset, Beachboy Blues and Island of Love.
Nice piece of romantic, musical escapism.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING ELVIS DVD, May 30, 2000
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This review is from: Blue Hawaii (DVD)
Paramount had done a terrific job on the Elvis "Blue Hawaii" DVD. At last we get get to see the beautiful letterbox image in all of it's Panavision glory. The color is dark and rich. And they have done wonders with the sound by turning a mono movie into a partially stereo movie. The music tracks have been redone to make it almost sound like true stereo. The Hawaii location photography has never looked better and this movie also serves as a great commerical for the Hawaii Department of Tourism.
This movie is the prototype of most of the Elvis movies that were to follow. Some Elvis fans do not like these formula type of Elvis movies, preferring the earlier ones where he was more rock 'n' roll and raw. But Blue Hawaii is very entertaining and it features probably the best bunch of Elvis songs in any of his movies. A great supporting cast helps a lot especially Angela Lansbury as Elvis' wacky mother. (Trivia fans take note: When this movie was filmed, Elvis was 26 years old and Lansbury was 36 years old.)
I strongly recommend this DVD to all Elvis fans. And if you are not an Elvis fan, buy this DVD and you might become one quickly.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE Elvis movie., August 12, 2002
This review is from: Blue Hawaii (DVD)
As bad as a lot of the movies Elvis made were (and let's be honest, they were AWFULLY bad), it should be noted that a number of the better ones could be compared stylistically to the James Bond movies that were made during the same time peiod.
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Think about it...you have a charismatic lead character who usually finds himself with some kind of problem (albeit of varying degrees) in some exotic locale surrounded by beautiful women and with only his charm and wit to get him through the situation (although James Bond had Q's gadgets, Elvis had his golden tonsils and any guitar that happened to be in the frame at the time he needed accompaniment to sing a song that could be sung by no one else...for whatever reason needed to advance the plot).
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Even though "G.I. Blues" established the prototype by which a seemingly endless run of Elvis/Hal Wallis movies would be copied after his release from his military obligation, "Blue Hawaii" seems to have been one of the defining moments in Elvis' life (his subsequest return there to make additional movies AS WELL AS the "Aloha" concert broadcast worldwide in 1973 seem to confirm that the Sandwich Islands always had a special place in The King's rather ample heart...and you can't convince me that the number of Elvis songs included in the "Lilo & Stitch" soundtrack would've been there without that same connection); although this movie does have occasionally painful spots as afar as the acting is concerned, I actually believe that Elvis' own performance is rather inspired. And his supporting cast seems to be enjoying their roles, as well.
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Of course, the film itself is just gorgeous to watch...well-photographed, and the collection of songs is particularly strong (the "Blue Hawaii" soundtrack was the biggest-selling pop music album during the entire DECADE of the 1960's, after all...and that beats anything that John, Paul, George & Ringo put out, as well), so overall this really is about as good as a total package as you could hope for.
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The cultural status of this film also stands the test of time...it is probably the first movie that comes to mind when "Elvis" and "movies" are mentioned in the same sentence; all I needed to accept this idea was seeing the result of the collabration between the two greatest post-Elvis icons of the entertainment industry during the 20th Century (Saturday Night Live and Wayne Gretzky) in a parody of "Blue Hawaii" called "Rock-Hula-Hockey" (or something like that)...truly a defining experience that crosses all boundaries!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis In His Prime In Totally Enjoyable Hawaiian Romance, July 12, 2007
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Simon Davis (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Blue Hawaii (DVD)
I most certainly am not going to refer to the 1961 Elvis Presley movie "Blue Hawaii", as a "guilty pleasure", it's a pleasure, pure and simple. To see Elvis Presley in his legendary prime in a romantic vehicle totally suited to his talents "Blue Hawaii", is one of the best films of his to try and catch. For a "60's child", like myself this film is a wonderful nostalgic excursion into times long gone by when I first saw this film as a youngster on a double bill with another Presley vehicle "Kid Galahad", at the local Theatre. I guess that's alot of the appeal of "Blue Hawaii", devoid as it is of any deep meanings or seriousness which nevertheless makes it an ideal way to spend some time. Combining some great songs handled with the usual smoothness and expertise by the "King", himself, a terrific supporting cast which includes a priceless performance by muli talented Angela Lansbury as Elvis' mother, and some of the most gorgeous Hawaiian scenery you could imagine, the film is entertaining as both a musical and as a travel log of Hawaii in all its natural beauty. Elvis made another enjoyable opus in Hawaii titled "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" in 1966 however I feel "Blue Hawaii", ties in closer with the Elvis Presley legend making it the one film of his to see if you want a quick snapshot of what made him such a special and much loved performer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ELVIS' BIGGEST GROSSER!, October 16, 2007
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This was the film with which Hal Wallis financed his most prestigous film 'Becket' with Burton and O'Toole. This fact was not lost on Elvis who always harbored serious acting ambitions but seldom if ever had the oppportunity. Needless to say, he did the best he could with what he had. As Chad, he struggles to break free of his parents' world of entitlement and strikes out on his own. In doing so, he rebels against the social conventions of his class and race embracing the indigenous culture and it's people. He is never less than convincing in the role and always projects his unique magnetism. The production values are the highest of any of his 'travelogue' films with a cast that includes the wonderful Angela Lansbury as his smothering, class and race conscious Southern mother. The ballad songs are arguably the best in any post-army film, and reflect the lush, Polynesian setting. For me this film was a childhood escape to the Aloha state which greatly helped its tourism industry.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best film, April 19, 2010
This review is from: Blue Hawaii (DVD)
Please note I saw this movie on TV so I can't speak to the quality of the video transfer or its features.

This film got its start when Hal Wallis thought the original movie, Waikiki Wedding, starring Bing Crosby from 1937, could be remade with Elvis as the star to attract a younger crowd into the theater. It was 1961 and the Beatles hadn't yet made their debut in America, and Elvis was at the top of the charts and his films were still top grossing box office hits.

Years latter, the film was satirized in the comedy/satire play, "The Perilous Predicament of Priscilla's Pineapples," which I saw just by chance back in the 90s before I realized the connection to the current movie.

Elvis plays a rich kid who wants to get out from under the thumb of his wealthy parents who want him to settle down and join the father's pineapple company. Elvis has other ideas, though, and is determined to make it on his own. His parents are played by Angela Lansbury and Roland Winters. The film also stars a young Joan Blackman.

Lansbury's carreer was in the doldrums at the time, and she hadn't yet scored big-time in Mame on Broadway or The Manchurian Candidate, probably her most spectacular and well-known role. So she was happy to find the work.

Elvis is not a bad actor himself actually, and this film is as much a musical tour de force showcasing his singing talent and many of his songs, including Falling in Love with You, which wasn't expected to be the hit song in the movie that it was.

The film has top production values and was shot all over the island of Oahu. Despite the cost of shooting, Elvis's draw as a star made his movies profitable box office hits. Eventually movie tastes changed and Elvis's fun-filled and romantic cinematic romps faded from the scene, but Blue Hawaii was the height of his movie career. It's a light-hearted and harmless piece of fluff from a more innocent age.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hawaiian Wedding Song does it every time., July 13, 2002
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Rick D. Barszcz (bristol, ct United States) - See all my reviews
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I'm not a big Elvis fan but i've always loved this movie more than all of his others. I never thought of him as a great actor but he does (did) have wonderful stage presentation and is also wonderful to look at. God, he just ozzed sex.But the main reason why i bought this was for "The Hawaiian Wedding Song." I've always thought of it as a beautiful song of ultimate love and combined with that whole wedding scene and hearing the music in 5.1 just gives me goose bumps all over. That song alone is worth the whole movie.The other songs, costumes, beautiful Hawaii itself and the other actors all speak for themselves and i just LOVE Angela Lansbury as the mother. She is just a hoot and plays the part to a "tee."It's just a great movie and if you like old fashion romance, nice music, a sexy Elvis, beautiful secenery you'll really enjoy this movie. Good job!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BLUE HAWAII, August 3, 2002
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Mike Kurosky (Rosston, Texas United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Blue Hawaii (DVD)
Originally titled "Beach Boy", this musical comedy became the most successful film of Elvis Presley's career. Elvis stars as Chad Gates, whose wealthy family owns a successful pineapple plantaion in Hawaii. In the opening scenes Chad has just returned from the Army. His parents are eager for him to pursue the family business. Chad chooses instead to work as a guide in the tourist agency where his girlfriend Maile (Joan Blackman), is also employed. His new vocation not only allows him to use his knowledge of the islands' most beautiful sites but also affords him enough time to cavort on the beach with his native Hawaiian buddies. Tension mounts as Sara Lee (Angela Lansbury), Chad's blue-blooded mother, objects to his job, his girlfriend, and his beach-loving friends. Chad eventually proves successful in his new vocation and finally wins the approval of his family by marrying Maile and making plans to open his own tourist agency.
Though a very good muscial comedy and hugely successful at the box office, Blue Hawaii sealed Elvis's fate in terms of his film career. Though Flaming Star and Wild In The Country had not lost money at the box-office and were better films, they did not generate the profit as this film had done. The Colonel used the box-office grosses of Blue Hawaii to convince Elvis that his fans preferred him in musical comedies.
It's interesting to note that Juliet Prowse had originally been slated to play the part of Maile Duval but was replaced with the lesser known Joan Blackman due to ludicrous demands made to Fox Studios to accept the part.
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