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Clambake (1967)

Elvis Presley , Shelley Fabares , Arthur H. Nadel  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Will Hutchins, Bill Bixby, Gary Merrill
  • Directors: Arthur H. Nadel
  • Writers: Arthur Browne Jr.
  • Producers: Tom Rolf, Arnold Laven, Arthur Gardner, Jules V. Levy
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2001
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N89L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,178 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Clambake" on IMDb

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Elvis's outfits are impressive in 1967's Clambake, especially a groovy, belted sport coat and a cream-colored suit covered with cowhide-style stitching. The costumes are more creative than the soundtrack, which is heavy with the mindlessness of late-period Elvis movies. As he sings "Confidence" (an obvious rip-off of the Oscar-winning "High Hopes"), you can almost see Elvis batting out "Just shoot me" in Morse code with his eyelids. The only decent tune has the star crooning a nice, lonesome version of the standard "You Don't Know Me." This one's set in Florida, but with none of the scenic fun of his Hawaii pictures. He plays a rich oilman's son pretending to be a water-skiing instructor, with Shelley Fabares (a three-time Presley costar) as the girl. The camp highlight is an ensemble number with go-go girls helping Elvis fix a speedboat, which is just about as far from Sun Studios as you can get. --Robert Horton

Product Description

Elvis Presley sizzles as a lovelorn million-heir in this riveting and romantic rock 'n' roll romp. Vying for the attentions of the lovely Shelley Fabares ("Coach"), Elvis finds himself caught up in arivalry with playboy Bill Bixby ("The Incredible Hulk") "against a tuneful background of comedy, romance and speedboat racing" (Film Daily)! Clambake is "pleasing escape entertainment" (Boxoffice) and the wildest party to hit the beach since they invented the beach ball! It's a hip version of The Prince and the Pauper as Elvis relinquishes his oil-baron father's fortune and trades identities with a penniless water ski instructor (Will Hutchins) to learn about life from the bottom up. Suddenly short on money but long on determination, he repairs a radicallydesigned powerboat in order to win the regatta and the affection of a girl who's determined to marry rich!

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality source and/or transfer to DVD March 19, 2002
Format:DVD
Clambake starring Elvis Presley,Shelley Fabares,Will Hutchins,Bill Bixby,Gary Merrill,and James Gregory was an entertaining film with a very good cast.It's a take-off on the "Prince and the Pauper" story of a rich man that swaps identity with a poor man and wants to see if he can be a success without the family wealth.Too bad the quality of the print used in making this DVD was poor.The sharpness is disappointing, the color is weak, and there are numerous artifacts seen such as scratches and streaks.Also,the soundtrack is mediocre at best,even though a true HiFi/stereo soundtrack was originally recorded by Elvis for this release.There is no excuse for this hatchet-job,and I recommend you avoid purchasing this title until a respectable effort is made to produce a high-quality copy of this film.If you are a die-hard Elvis fan you'll probably buy it for your library,but the studio did justice to no one with the release of this DVD.Shame on the greedy leeches!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Elvis Movie of All July 16, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I have seen every one of Elvis's movies over and over again. This is my very favorite one. Even people I know who don't care for his movies liked this one. Elvis plays a rich guy who changes places with a poor guy. He wants to get a girl who likes him for himself and not for his money. The songs in this movie are his best. Bill Bixby plays the guy you love to hate. Everyone does a great job making this a really fun movie. If you are ever going to buy any of Elvis's movies, this is the one to buy.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality rip-off! April 1, 2002
Format:DVD
While "Clambake" was certainly not at the top of the heap of Elvis fun-in-the-sun movies, the least they could have done was do a competent job with the mastering of this disk. The quality, while not the worst I've seen, is below average and there are flaws galore, most noticeably at about 48:40 where the picture is so wavy that appears like it was shot underwater until a thick white line washes across the screen from botton to top and resolves the image. Does no one even view these things before the discs are pressed and sold? What a rip-off!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A VHS tape could offer more than this DVD November 27, 2001
By Elvisy
Format:DVD
When you're buying a DVD for a film you already have on tape, it is with the expectation of getting something better in terms of sound or picture quality.
Such is unfortunately not the case with this one. The film is the average low-budget Presley vehicule of the 60's, and the DVD transfer is not even up to that standard.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CHARISMATIC March 8, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
ITS STRANGE THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE LEAST APPRECIATED ELVIS MOVIES BUT YET APPEARS TO BE ONE OF HIS BETTER MOVIES.THE BASIC PLOT OF THE MOVIE HAS ELVIS STARRING AS A RICH MANS SON TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO APPRECIATE HIM AND NOT HIS MONEY.HE GOES ON TO TRADE IDENTITIES WITH A WATER SKI INSTRUCTOR HOPING TO BE TREATED AS A INDIVIDUAL AND NOT A MILLIONAIRES SON. ELVIS PLAYS ONE OF HIS BEST ROLES AS HE APPEARS TO BE LAID BACK .AS USUAL ELVIS CHARM AND CHARISMA MAKES THE MOVIE GREAT, I WOULD DEFINATELY RECOMMED THIS VIDEO .ITS A TYPE OF MOVIE YOU CAN NEVER GET SICK OF .THIS MOVIE IS GREAT!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swinging at a Clambake! November 12, 2002
By Josh P.
Format:VHS Tape
"Clambake" was a film that Elvis had total disinterest in doing. Actually, this film is fun to watch and every Elvis fan should take the time to watch it. Probably the only reason was that the ever-lasting chain of musical comedies was getting tiresome and old. Bill Bixby is Elvis' rival. Elvis delivers him with a sucker punch and Bixby is out cold. Elvis is an unhappy-with-money millionaire's son who switches places with Will Hutchins, a poor water-skiing instructor. Elvis takes interest in third-time Elvis costar Shelley Fabares. If you want to see a zany Elvis picture, this is the one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis is back in the Sun Shine State in Clambake. March 11, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This was the 3rd and final film that Elvis Presley stared with Shelley Fabares. Remember in the first two films, Elvis had a combo and sang at clubs. But this time he is on his own.
Scott Heyward (Elvis Presley) is a millionaire's son. But he doesn't need $$$$ like his old man.
In the Sunshine State, he trades places with Ton Wilson (Will Hutchins, Spinout). Tom is going to be a ski teacher for a hotel. Elvis's first student is Dianne Carter (Shelly Fabares).
There is aslo a playboy boatracer named James Jamison (the late Bill Bixby) down there too. Scott's father (James Gregory) owns Heywood Oil. Scott aslo meets a boat co owner named Sam Burton (Gary Merrill).
There is a big boat race coming up. And Scott, Tom & Sam used a boat 50-50.
If you know someboy that either likes boats or an Elvis Presley fan, here is a film they may like.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I give this 6 stars? July 30, 2004
Format:DVD
"Clambake" is by far the greatest piece of cinema seen this side of Memphis. I love Elvis! While the costumes are a tad sketchy in this film (this includes Elvis' suit that looks like a baseball and the transparent cover-up on the silver bikini girl), the songs (music *and* lyrics), are stellar. Scintillating, if you will. I wish I could find a cd-soundtrack! I have seen this film at least a dozen times. In fact, the first time I saw it, I watched it 3 days in a row, showing it to all my friends, who have since fallen in love with the cinematic genius that is "Clambake."

Shelley Fabares turns in an Oscar-worthy performance. Katharine Hepburn stole the award that rightly belongs to Ms. Fabares.

Will this movie be loved by you? I have "C-O-N-F-I-D-ence" that it will be!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars CLAMBAKE ELVIS PRESLEY/SHELLEY FABARES
CLAMBAKE WITH ELVIS PRESLEY & SHELLY FABARES WHO CO STARS IN SEVERAL OF ELVIS'S MOVIES, WILL HUTCHINS, & BILL BIXBY. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Cheryl J Huff
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie, terrible DVD
This is one of my favorite Elvis movies (it's fun, it's campy, what can I say?), but this DVD transfer has to be one of the worst I've ever seen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars The movie is fun. The DVD is garbage.
This is one of the worst DVD transfers I've ever seen. All my other Elvis movies have excellent pictures, but this one is shockingly bad. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bruce Cook
3.0 out of 5 stars Bland movie, but Elvis looks cool!
Most of this movie is contrived "sixties fluff", but Elvis looks very cool when he picks up a guitar an "rocks out!".
Published 6 months ago by Roger Dale VanDrese
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
I'd rate any Elvis movie with 5 starts. Fab eye candy and great voice. Fun movies.
No bad issues in this movie.
Published 6 months ago by Eleanor S. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars gift idea
This is worth owning,classic Elvis singing,plenty of girls and laughs.The price is very good,fast delivery.No hassles,add this to your collection.get it,while its availible. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sean harding
5.0 out of 5 stars Clambake
The DVD was very clear. Picture was good. No problems with the DVD Very satified.
Everything was in very good condition.
Published 8 months ago by Carolyn Kanzig
1.0 out of 5 stars Won't play
This DVD will not play - it states the following: "Incorrect region code. Can't play back".

I should get my money back - it is useless. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kathleen Kach
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis - Clambake
Its Elvis need I say more.
I collect all Elvis movies and will give 5 stars if in good condition
Published 9 months ago by B. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Unforgetable!
I recently purchased Clambake as a Father's Day present, thinking, "Hey, this product will be trash, who in their right mind would spend money on Elvis Presley dancing around,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by L Masters
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