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Fun in Acapulco (1963)

Elvis Presley , Ursula Andress , Richard Thorpe  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Ursula Andress, Elsa Cárdenas, Paul Lukas, Larry Domasin
  • Directors: Richard Thorpe
  • Writers: Allan Weiss
  • Producers: Hal B. Wallis, Joseph H. Hazen, Paul Nathan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007ELFB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,458 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fun in Acapulco" on IMDb

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Rocking and rolling south of the border, "Fun in Acapulco" finds Elvis starring as Mike Windgren, a recently unemployed boat hand who finds work as a lifeguard and singer at a local hotel. Clashing with a rival lifeguard who resents Mike's competition of who can impress the women the most. Tempted by a lady bullfighter (Cardenas) and a beautiful temptress (Andress), Windgren must rely on his ability to croon Latin love songs including "You Can't Say No in Acapulco" and "Bossa Nova Baby" to prove his romantic prowess.

In 1963 Elvis could still be energized by the music in his movies, and the production values hadn't yet descended to budget-crunching level. Thus the breezy pleasure of Fun in Acapulco, which sees the pelvis-swinger coming to life for a rousing "Bossa Nova Baby" and a clutch of faux-Mexican tunes. Nice scenery of the fabled resort, but the movie has a strange disconnect (which becomes weirdly fascinating if you keep track of it): Elvis himself is limited to standing and singing in front of rear-projection Mexican vistas, while his hard-working double bicycles down streets, strides across beaches, etc. The newly hot Ursula Andress keeps Elvis and his double company. Elvis's jobs are among his craziest movie gigs: he begins as a deckhand, is hired as a nightclub entertainer/lifeguard, but is revealed to be a trapeze artist in his former life. By the end, of course, he is also a cliff diver. --Robert Horton

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars funny entertainment January 7, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
There was a valid reason for why Elvis was called the king of rock; he was on top and he reigned the entire time he was live, and now, even in death, he manages to sell more and more albums and be enjoyed by new generations.
This Elvis movie is a personal favorite of mine. The on-location filming makes it spectacular and Elvis is truly in top form in this delightful movie. You can watch it with the whole family, and, with the exception of one pretty gruesome fist fight scene, with young children as well.
Elvis sings a number of Spanish-tinged numbers and does a great performance at the El Troubadour of "Bossa Nova Baby."
The plot works well, and the story is fun if you can imagine Elvis Presley being a singer in Mexico in the early '60's.
The four Beatles acutally went to see this movie when the came over to the states early in their career.
Elvis does his own stunts in this film, but does not do the cliff diving scene. The cliff diving scene is really spectacular and really gives this film a unique dimension that many of his other films were missing due to tight budgets.
A great Elvis vehicle, you can enjoy it now, 40 years later (whe[...] to believe it's that old now) and be transported back to a lovely time of innocence and fun.
Ursala Andress is a delight and had great on-screen chemistry with the king. I wish that she had made more appearances in Elvis movies as she was easily as good as Elvis as an actor.
Buy it for your collection so that you can watch it for years to come, and pass it along to the youngsters to let the next generation enjoy!!
Betty Jennings
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis and that Bossa Nova Baby beat. November 9, 2002
By Josh P.
Format:VHS Tape
"Fun In Acapulco" might look like it on-screen, but it wasn't fun in Acapulco for Elvis or Ursula Andress. Both of them were learning new languages. Ursula Andress was just learning English (reason for her voiced being dubbed in "Dr. No"), and Elvis had to learn Spanish because some of the songs he sang have Spanish lyrics. So it was hard work for them. You have to hear Elvis sing in Spanish. It's so different. Here, he plays a former circus performer who comes to Acapulco to get away from his past. He's hired as a lifeguard at a hotel, and sings for the guests at night. Being a lifeguard wasn't easy, because when he was in the circus, he was in the acrobats. On one swing he missed his partner who fell to the ground and resulted in a terrible accident. When a rival lifeguard learns about it, he challenges him to dive again since now Elvis' character is afraid of heights. He's finally able to gain back his courage, beats up the rival Alejandro Rey in a great fight scene, and climbs to the highest clif and makes the highest dive. He wins the heart of Ursula Andress, too. Great latin rhythm, latin love, and latin themed Elvis flick.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bout to have myself a fit September 5, 2000
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There really are two reasons to see Elvis movies...the stunning time capsulization of a gentler time and a different locale(It happened at The World's Fair comes to mind!!!!love that Tomorrowland architecture) and the music(Viva Las Vegas). This piece gives you both, a sort of sixties resort acapulco, and some sizzling Esquivel tinged Latin Pop. The title song, in it's kind of non pc sort of way, is one of my favorites of the title track variety(though thanks to a collection bought at a truck stop in New Mexico, I have a great affection for many of them). "This is no time for Siesta, this is time for fun" demands Elvis, and truly the music is fun. No room to rhumba in a sports car is great for the title alone.. oh, Elvis is a cliff diver in this one, and as he is conquering his circus performer demons he sings one of the great Elvis songs, which is one of a small subgenre of his numbers. The subgenre has to do with a guy trying to get to some ethnic girl, but the only way she can communicate is through the cultural dance of her heritage....Elvis's earlier foray into this subgenre was The Blue Hawaii steel string tinged Rock-a-Hula Baby(penned by Ed Wood girlfriend Dolores Fuller). This one is the same song plot called BosaNova Baby, and it is worth the entire video. Elvis in bolero jacket, banging away on drums and keyboard. Never mind the diving(Do you think he succeeds), get down with The King
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST! January 15, 2003
By "hev72"
I am a big Elvis fan, and this movie is by far my favorite one! It has everything....catchy songs....Elvis chasing the name it!
If you are a fan and have not seen this movie, I highly recommend it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ELVIS AT HIS MACHO SWINGIN' BEST! April 19, 1999
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of My Favorite Elvis Movies July 12, 2013
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I know these movies Elvis made are considered a waste of time and for the most part the songs make no sense if absent from the movie, but I loved the action, the locations, and the songs. And of course a young, trim Elvis.. This one is set in Acapulco, Mexico, and opens with Elvis being befriended by a young boy named Raul who wants to be his manager. After a rollicking duet while Elvis bicycles through the streets to where Raul tells him to go he gets hired by a hotel to sing because their regular singer is sick. Among various singing engagements Elvis encounters a sultry, female bullfighter, and the daughter of a chef who has a mission in mind. I also got treated to the lifeguard being played by Alejandro Rey, a good-looking guy I remember from The Flying Nun. Elvis' character, Mike, has a secret we see in flashbacks but that he keeps hidden. However, Rey finds out and calls him a coward. A fight breaks out leaving Rey too injured to do his famous dive off the cliffs so Mike takes up the challenge. As with all Elvis movies, everything turns out fine, including the end song, Guadalajara.
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