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Change of Habit (1969)

Elvis Presley , Mary Tyler Moore , William Graham  |  G |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair, Jane Elliot, Leora Dana
  • Directors: William Graham
  • Writers: James Lee, S.S. Schweitzer, Eric Bercovici
  • Producers: Joe Connelly
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006674X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,471 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Change of Habit" on IMDb

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  • Editorial Reviews

    Elvis tried something different in his final narrative movie… but the results are oddly similar to his usual '60s formula. Here the King plays a doctor working in an inner-city free clinic, playing host to three Catholic nurses (who are really nuns incognito). Elvis gets hung up on one of the nuns, played by Mary Tyler Moore; she seems a lot closer to The Dick Van Dyke Show than the Vatican. The songs are sparse--"Rubberneckin'" gets a workout in one of those awful stilted hootenannies so prevalent in Elvis pictures. The flower-power ambience is more interesting than the story; the film features Mod Squad-style attempts at racial politics, a sit-down protest, and a weird sequence involving "rage reduction" to cure an autistic child. Elvis has good scenes and indifferent ones, but he looks fantastic (this is just after the great "comeback"), and he dresses like no other doctor before or since. --Robert Horton

    Product Description

    Laughter, romance and rockin' good times are just what the doctor ordered as Elvis plays an inner-city M.D. who falls for social worker Mary Tyler Moore. But this guitar-atrumming doc will be playing a different tune when he discovers his would-be girlfriend isn't who - or what - she seems to be! Featuring Elvis at the peak of his phenomenal popularity, it's a hilarious romantic comedy highlighted by the King's unforgettable performances of classic rock hits including "Rubberneckin'", "Let Us Pray" and "Change of Habit."

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    52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars "A good movie, not just an Elvis movie." February 28, 2001
    Format:VHS Tape
    When I was younger anytime my parents or other adults talked about Elvis movies, what came to mind were lame movies with very little plot, structured in a way so Elvis could sing some "new" tunes. My "mama always used to say that" Elvis was a better actor than most people believed, but from watching films like BLUE HAWAII, I thought she was just couldn't face the truth that Elvis couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. After seeing CHANGE OF HABIT (and learning more about how Colonel Parker ran the King's life) I realized my Mom was right, Elvis was a decent actor. It's just that he was never allowed many opportunities to display his talent and grow as an actor. This is unfortunate.
    CHANGE OF HABIT is a good movie. It has an interesting plot, most of the characters aren't just paper mache blowing in the wind, and the movie deals with social issues that are still relevant even today. Many people suggest that Mary Tyler Moore is miscast in this film, but I found her believable in her role as a nun. Also, the supporting cast does a good job given their limited screen time.
    As is the case in all Elvis' movies, there are tunes. However, unlike the other Elvis' films I have seen, the movie isn't structured around the songs. The songs that you actually see Elvis singing appear more natural than staged and a couple of them are really memorable, e.g. "In the Ghetto".
    I haven't seen very many Elvis' films, but out of the ones I have viewed, this is the best. I wish Elvis would have been allowed to make more films like this. He could have ended up being remembered as much for his acting as his singing and that would have really been a change of habit.
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Elvis - Magnificent October 30, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:VHS Tape
    This is a truly magnificent movie and represents a change from the racing driver come hotel employee that Elvis usually play. In the opening scene, the King is surrounded by a group of hippies whilst he plays guitar and sings a great song called 'Ruberneckin'.
    The title track is an attempts to cash in on the folk scene in the vein of Dylan's 'Blowin in the Wind'.
    Elvis playing a doctor is a genius stroke of scriptwriting as is a romantic involvement with a nun (Mary Tyler Moore) who eventually turns away from the Church to be with Elvis.
    This film also has a social conscience and like 'Edge of Reality' has a sixties feel about it.
    There is something great about this film, I can't put it into words. Maybe it is so bad that it is good, I am not sure.
    I would recommend that anyone see this.
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Presley's Final Screen Role November 12, 2004
    "Change of Habit" (1969) will not be remembered as one of Elvis Presley's best efforts, but this socially conscious drama represents an admirable change of pace. In his last fictional film, Elvis gives a believable performance in the improbable role of a ghetto doctor. He actually fares better than Mary Tyler Moore - hopelessly miscast as a nun. Though ludicrous in spots, "Change of Habit" is easier to sit through than many of Presley's lame musicals. Elvis remains fascinating to watch and the climactic gospel-rock number is a must-see.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis in Change of Habit June 27, 2001
    Format:VHS Tape
    If you love Elvis movies, you'll love this one as well! There isn't much singing in it, so this movie has a more realistic feel to the story than most of Elvis' movies. This movie proves that you don't have to show explicit sexual scenes to have a thought provoking story.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Serious Movie Deserved Better Production June 15, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    While his "new" music, including the very important title "In The Ghetto", was getting good notice across the world, this socially-conscious movie was in release. Unfortunately, the "Made For TV" quality made this respectable effort a minor work, which did showcase strong performances by Presley as an inner city Doctor and by Mary Tyler Moore as a Nun who wants to try a different approach in a complex setting. The music is very agreeable and is well interpolated - dig Elvis on piano ("Lawdy, Miss Clawdy") and singing along with Darlene Love ("Rubberneckin'"). The somewhat non-traditional "Let Us Pray" number might suggest the controversial "gospel rock" of future decades. The difficult physical/spiritual theme warranted more time and attention than was presumeably allowed and perhaps accounts for the film's lesser-known status.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I'm not an Elvis Fan, but... December 9, 2005
    By L. Bell
    Format:VHS Tape
    ...I loved this movie - maybe because I like Mary Tyler Moore? I judge movies based on whether I become uninterested which happens a lot. I never did get bored and wanted to finish watching it. I really enjoyed it. I am not an Elvis fan per se, but he was great in this one. I don't like when he is the playboy. I like this one because he is a doctor and a good guy.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great January 18, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    Simply the best acting work he did. A movie that was "happening" for the time. A slice of inner-city history with a sound track that you can tell Elvis was really getting into. These songs are not just fillers for a hurried album. A must have!
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Concentrates on his acting more then the Music August 19, 2002
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    This film is not all that bad. I thought that it was rather nice to see Elvis as a no BS kind of guy that tells the three Nuns about the outs of working in an inner city doctors office. I Think that Elvis was at his best in this film.
    It shows Mary Tyler Moore and 2 other ladies as nuns and they try to blend in with the outside world. Just when things start looking up, Mary Tyler Moore winds up in love with Elvis.
    This film touches on 2 other subjects.. Rage Tharapy... Working with the little girl... I wonder if there is any truth if that really works. Rape is another touchy subject... I would prescreen this before showing this to younger Elvis fans out there.
    Elvis loooked handsome in this one! I could not take my eyes off the screen... He had this look that you could not resist. I thought that this was worth a look... Rent it and see for your own opinion. If you like it... By all means, but it for your collection.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love all of Elvis's movies
    Published 9 days ago by sassy
    5.0 out of 5 stars The DVD came in very good shape. There were no scratches or nicks the...
    The DVD came in very good shape. There were no scratches or nicks the case cover was in very good shape. I had no problems watching the movie. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Sarah
    4.0 out of 5 stars In this romantic drama, you get to hear Elvis ...
    In this romantic drama, you get to hear Elvis croon four songs but little else. Collectors of Presley films will want this, his last character-driven, non-concert film.
    Published 11 days ago by Ronald Adams
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Always loved this movie
    Excellent ! Always loved this movie ....
    Published 26 days ago by mary
    3.0 out of 5 stars A fan likes this.
    It is hard to review a film I haven't watched. It is a gift for an Elvis fan. He already has it on VHS and wants the DVD, so I guess that's saying something. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by rad
    5.0 out of 5 stars Is The Doctor In Or Is He Singing?
    Most of Elvis' movies capitalize on his singing. This is no exception. The story is about three nuns (Mary Tyler-Moore, amongst them) who are given a special assignment to doff... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Endora Aphrattos
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Elvis movie
    One of the best acting performances by Elvis. It is more dramatic and casts him in a serious role rather than the usual playboy singer. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by debs
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love Elvis
    Collecting all of Elvis Presley movies on DVD, I have watched this movie many times and thrilled that I have this in my collection. Elvis is simply the BEST!
    Published 5 months ago by HappyDonita
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable movie
    Good but I'm an Elvis fan, love to hear him sing & Mary Tyler Moore & he are cute together. Of coarse he gets the girl in the end.
    Published 5 months ago by Ms B
    5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
    this is one of elvis earlier movies i enjoyued it very much he looks really young in this movie sings great
    Published 6 months ago by Marion
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