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Heartbreak Hotel

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It's 1972, and Johnny Wolfe (Charles Schlatter -- 18 AGAIN, BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY) borrows his mom's pink Cadillac and gets swept up in a series of outrageous events. After successfully kidnapping Elvis Presley (David Keith -- AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN), Johnny's family and sleepy hometown will never be the same! Another lively hit from the makers of ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, HEARTBREAK HOTEL delivers nonstop entertainment for everyone!

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  • Actors: David Keith, Tuesday Weld, Charlie Schlatter, Angela Goethals, Jacque Lynn Colton
  • Directors: Chris Columbus
  • Writers: Chris Columbus
  • Producers: Debra Hill, Lynda Obst, Stacey Sher, Stephanie Austin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068MBY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,116 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Heartbreak Hotel" on IMDb

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By BARRY DOMINIC GRAHAM on June 22, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
'Heartbreak Hotel' is one one the all-time greatest entertainment treasures. With a solid, brilliant cast led by the incredibly talented Mr. David Keith as Elvis Presley, this movie could brighten even the dullest mood with its simple charm, humour and wonderful music. Some have complained about the lack of facial likeness between Mr. Keith and 'the King' as if that was an error of some kind rather than focusing on the fact that Mr. Keith captures the essence of Elvis without having to rely on physical likeness which can only testify to this great actor's limitless capabilities, so much so, that there are moments when Elvis almost appears transfigure through David Keith, who incidently is also a native of the State of Tennessee. No-one ever intended this movie to be taken seriously, but only enjoyed for its sheer entertainment value. The majority of the singing is actually performed by David Keith himself, which no Elvis impersonator could top !! I have read reviews of this movie which cast doubt on this fact, but if you watch the end titles you will see his vocal performing credits. I also know that he used his own voice because HE told me in person during several chats I had with him whilst he was here in Hope, BC with James Spader filming the upcoming movie 'The Stick-Up'. Charlie Schlater is also an immensely talented actor with the same kind of natural charisma and talent of Michael J. Fox. As I said previously, all the cast are magnificent and obviously adored making this movie as their pleasure and happiness shines through. Remember, this is not an Elvis biography, but merely a fantasy tale which in its own way honours the memory of the real Elvis. A heartfelt tribute to 'the King'. David Keith can also be seen in 'An Officer and a Gentleman'; 'U-571'; 'Men of Honor'; 'Brubaker'; 'The Rose'; 'The Lords of Discipline'; 'Major League 2'; and 'Texas' among many others.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Phil Sweetland on February 25, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Heartbreak Hotel is one of my favorite movies.The only bad news is that tells us the picture is currently unavailable because the studio isn't making it in the VHS format.
It's a strange spin on the Elvis myth, a story in which an Ohio teen (Charlie Schlatter) unites his troubled mother (Tuesday Weld) with Presley (David Keith) by kidnapping The King during a tour stop in Cleveland.
All three do fine work in the improbable tale, during which young rock'n'roller Schlatter ends up getting musical and romantic advice from Keith.
The Presley character sees a great deal of himself in the troubled teen played by Schlatter, who at first totally rejects Presley as an early-1970s caricature and Vegas performer who had lost touch with teens of that period.
The music is wonderful in this picture, including lots of obscure Elvis performances like "If I Can Dream" and "American Trilogy," and some things off THE MEMPHIS RECORD.
Keith played Presley in some TV specials as well, and is at his best when he duets with Schlatter onstage at a high school talent show near the end of the picture.
All in all, Heartbreak Hotel is a very imaginative story and an absolute must-see (out of curiosity if nothing else) for the ever-increasing number of Presley fans around the worldwide.
Feb. 25 2000
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Karen Shaub on August 28, 2008
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From the beginning HEARTBREAK HOTEL wants us to know that the story it is going to tell us has nothing whatsoever to do with the real life of Elvis Presley. In fact it proclaims;
"In the kingdom of rock and roll
There are many legends,
But only one King.
This is a fable about him.
The time is 1972."

The story that unfolds takes place in the small town of Taylor, Ohio, a depressed and depressing place where Marie Wolfe (Tuesday Weld) owns a small hotel called the Flaming Star, named in honor of an Elvis presley movie. Marie's life has always revolved around Elvis as did her husband's before he ran off with another woman and left her alone ages ago to raise their two kids, Johnny who's about 17(played by Charlie Schlatter)and Pammie who's considerably younger. Marie's life has degenerated into boozing it up every night with a series of boyfriends, her latest being Steve who isn't exactly popular with Johnny, but then none of her boyfriends have been big with him. After a fight over breakfast one morning Johnny stomps off. He's definitely the adult in their relationship and he's tired of having to shoulder all the responsibility. Besides, he has troubles of his own; his band The Wolfetones has been rejected 3 years in a row for the school talent show and, even, worse, he hasn't got a prayer with the girl of his dreams-- Beth,who auditions for the show by playing Dylan's "Positively 4th Street" as if it were a classical piece on the piano, and when asked who the composer was she replies "An obscure 20th century artist." Johnny adores her; she's got beauty and guts!

Wouldn't you know it? Just when things on the home-front seem to be improving, the plot sickens.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By andy8047 on October 31, 2003
Format: DVD
It's 1972 and Johnny Wolfe(Charlie Schlatter) and his band prepare for a performance for a talent show at their high school. His mom Marie(Tuesday Weld) is a die-hard Elvis Presley fan. So to "make her happy",Johnny and his buddies "kidnap" Elvis(David Keith) after a concert via an anesthetic,and drive him to the Wolfes' home. It was there when Elvis awoke. Johnny wanted Elvis to stay so his mom can meet him(Elvis). Elvis subtracts 16 years off his life. He shaved off his big heavy sideburns and wore an outfit that he regularly wore in 1956. Johnny told Elvis,"My mom says you looked the coolest in '56!) Marie had returned home from the hospital after being severely beaten up by her drunk and physically abusive boyfriend(Chris Mulkey). She finds "young" Elvis at the top of the Wolfes' staircase,playing guitar and singing one of Marie's favorites,"Love Me". A shocked Marie changes into a beautiful dress and invites Elvis to stay for dinner. Johnny's little sister(Angela Goethals) is so afraid to sleep in the dark until Elvis convinces her that doing that is not scary. Elvis even redecorates the Wolfes' home and in the process,discards Johnny's rock band posters. At the talent show,Elvis appears with Johnny and his band backing him up. Then Elvis' band of bodyguards fly to Elvis' whereabouts so he can go on with his touring elsewhere. Elvis was like a husband to divorced Marie and a father to Johnny and his sister. At one point in the film,Johnny beats up Steve,Marie's boyfriend,revengefully("You stay away from my mother!") At another point,while returning from a grocery store,Johnny is later beaten up by Steve and a couple of Steve's buddies in front of a bar where Steve and his buddies were shooting pool.Read more ›
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