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Harum Scarum (1965)

Elvis Presley , Mary Ann Mobley , Gene Nelson  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Mary Ann Mobley, Fran Jeffries, Michael Ansara, Jay Novello
  • Directors: Gene Nelson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00027JY8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Harum Scarum" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Say this for Harum Scarum: At least it has the virtue of boasting one of the strangest settings of any Elvis Presley vehicle. Elvis plays an action-movie star on a goodwill tour of the Middle East who's kidnapped in a remote country that has turned its back on modernity. Vilified as an "American unbeliever," he is enlisted by the Lord of the Assassins in a plot to kill a monarch (they've mistaken his filmic kung fu fighting skills for the real thing). And this is an Elvis picture? The soundtrack has a particularly mad selection of faux-"Kismet" numbers relating to the setting, with lyrics such as "I'm gonna go where the desert sun is/I'm gonna go where I know the fun is." Hints that the whole thing is a Rudolph Valentino spoof help the early going, but it gets pretty draggy. Elvis looks liveliest in a Vegas sequence... a bit of foreshadowing. --Robert Horton

Product Description

Elvis Presley stuff at its zaniest as pop idol Elvis finds himself kidnapped in a strange Middle East country with sheiks, sexy gals and songs. "Golden Coins" and "Kismet" are among the tunes Presley croons. Mary Ann Mobley, Michael Ansara, Jay Novello, Fran Jeffries co-star. 85 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Elvis' B Movie Classic August 28, 2004
By James
I avoided this film for years, mainly because it simply looked too embarrassing to sit through as a fan of the King. Since it was included among the newest wave of Elvis dvds, I finally decided to give it a chance.

It didn't surprise me to find that, as a meaningful film, it is arguably among Elvis' worst. The premise is silly, the leading lady (Mary Ann Mobley) has little to do (and little screentime with the King), and the whole thing is pretty hard to take seriously. But then, considering that much of Elvis' film canon was pretty lightweight anyway, it's hard to imagine anyone going into this expecting a meaningful film.

What is left is an Elvis movie that works surprisingly well as a campy B movie. In fact, if it had been released as an MGM dvd, it would've fit well into their (highly entertaining) Midnite Movies line. For starters, while shot using some of the old King of Kings sets, you almost expect to see Kirk and Spock beam in at any moment. There's also a surprising amount of humor in it (both unintentional AND intentional), with Elvis getting off quite a few good one-liners early on. Also good is Jay Novello as that rare comic relief that is actually funny. As the film progresses, you can almost sense Elvis' waning interest, but the rest of the cast puts in a fine effort. And where else can you see Billy Barty bellydancing or Elvis bringing a bullwhip to a fight?

Ironically, Elvis was actually very eager to make this film. He saw it as a chance to create a meaningful character and drew inspiration from Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik. According to Priscilla Presley's Elvis and Me, Elvis was so into the character that he would come home still in costume and keep it on until he went to bed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Elvis VS Ali Baba February 12, 2008
Ok, this is definitely NOT one of "the King's" better films, but I still enjoyed it. I originally saw it when I saw six years old and loved it because Elvis was fighting with a sword...and frankly that's probably still the best aspect of this movie. Elvis demonstrates some of his modest Karate talents as well. He was a Black Belt believe it or not but in reality Bruce Lee would probably have cleaned his clock. Before you buy "Harum (sic) Scarum" be warned that this is also one of the two WEIRDEST Elvis movies ever made (the other one being "Easy Come Easy Go" where he plays a frogman and sings about Yoga.) The songs in "Harum Scarum" are not among his best...however if you watch carefully it looks like Elvis was having fun in this movie. He probably had a blast running around this old C.B.deMille movie set killing assassins with karate and saber. So, if you buy "Harum Scarum" remember...the movie is pretty bad, the songs mediocre, but the fun level is pretty darned high especially if you like watching Elvis kick assassin butt.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HARUM SCARUM is a colourful excursion into fantasy and music, as Elvis Presley plays an action film star, who gets lost in a world of Arabian Nights-esque intrigue. Former "Miss America" Mary Ann Mobley plays his seven-veiled princess.

This is a fun romp, along the same lines as the "Road To..." movies, and Elvis completely throws himself into the proceedings. Mary Ann Mobley is a stunning love interest and the production values are quite lavish (this film was actually shot on the old sets used for Cecil B. DeMille's "King of Kings" in 1925). With Fran Jeffries, Michael Ansara, Billy Barty and Jay Novello.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Elvis Presley Comedy Spoof Classic June 26, 2005
By CD King
To me HARUM SCARUM is an excellent comedy spoof. I've enjoyed this great wonder musical classic ever since I saw it in the cinema in the mid-60s when I was a kid. So happy own it now on DVD. It's still as enjoyavle as ever! Many nice songs with an Eastern magic flavor as only Elvis can sings them. I love this movie!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ITS STILL ELVIS !! September 20, 2004
By wallace
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENTERTAINING! July 17, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
THANK YOU WARNER BROTHERS for useing the original MOVIE POSTERS for the covers of these wonderful DVDs! They look EXCELLENT! I wish the other companies that put ELVIS films out would have followed suit BUT instead they air brush a still from the film and think they can make a better cover than the EXPERIENCED MOVIE POSTER artists of the 1950's and 1960's. All you can ask from an ELVIS movie is that it is Entertaining and a GREAT Soundtrack...this film has both. HAREM HOLIDAY, the films' opening track, is a classic.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Even The King Can't Save This Mess June 17, 2004
I am a huge fan of Elvis's music and movies. Own them all on vhs and the DVD's as they've come out. That being said, Harum Scarum is THE WORST piece of trash ever captured on film. It's nearly criminal to watch one of the greatest talents in the history of mankind sleep walk through this pile of rubbish. The Presley estate should do Elvis and the rest of us a favor. Buy the master and burn it in a bonfire celebration at Graceland! (...)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We may live in a republic, but Elvis is my king. January 25, 2005
By Bobby
Elvis Presley is my God. I sacrificed my Neil Diamond Live videotapes to him when I first saw this movie.

But I'm not a polytheist, I just believe that Elvis is in the rocks and trees and birds that surround our existence.

Thank you Elvis, for showing me that just because my wife left me I will never truly be alone.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars A pathetic script
Elvis is given incredibly trite and worthless material here. The direction is TV movie worthy, with no real attempt to bring fun or serious drama to the screen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Moeller
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis in Egypt
Elvis plays a charming sheik, almost the same as Ramon Navarro or the great romantic star in silent movies. He is in love with a girl from a harem. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter is big fan
bought for my daughter she is a really big fan of his movies, me personally never cared for his movies.
Published 14 months ago by bmerobert
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT MY FAVORITE MOVIE
Published 19 months ago by Fara S. Marino
5.0 out of 5 stars Harum Scarum
Elvis Presley is to me one of the great singers of all time and to me he is THE KING although I think if Buddy Holly had not died a plane crash he could very well have been THE... Read more
Published on February 3, 2012 by granma
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as reported
Yes, this is a silly film that makes a mess of Middle Eastern society. But giving it one star? Just not correct. Read more
Published on October 22, 2011 by Brent Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars I Hate Critics
Critics love to bash this movie and a bunch of Elvis movies. If you're a true fan, like myself, don't listen to them. Read more
Published on May 8, 2011 by Bear
1.0 out of 5 stars Even Colonel Parker Didn't Like It!
...and when the Colonel doesn't like it, you know it's gotta be bad! Absolute trash from the most talented entertainer of the twentieth century! Read more
Published on September 20, 2010 by Kevin Hoffman
1.0 out of 5 stars Baaaaaaaaaaaaaad
Anyone who could sit through this turkey and then give it the highest rating of 5 stars has my sympathy. You really need to see a doctor. Read more
Published on August 11, 2007 by GEM
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Comedy Spoof
Elvis Presley's very funny and interesting in this comedy spoof. The soundtrack songs are very good.An unusual Elvis movie. A must for any true Elvis fan.
Published on June 4, 2007 by CD King
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