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Kid Galahad (1962)

Elvis Presley , Gig Young , Phil Karlson  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman, Charles Bronson
  • Directors: Phil Karlson
  • Writers: Francis Wallace, William Fay
  • Producers: David Weisbart, Walter Mirisch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kid Galahad" on IMDb

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Immortal heartthrob Elvis Presley stars as Walter Gulick, an ex-G.I. who returns to his rustic hometown in upstate New York looking for work as an auto mechanic. Ambitious but naïve, he's reluctantlyroped into becoming a boxer by dubious manager-turned-innkeeper Willy Grogan (Oscar(r)-winner Gig Young, 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They,' 1969 Best Supporting Actor). With his loyal trainer Lew Nyack (screen legend Charles Bronson) at his side, the iron-jawed, anvil-fisted Elvis quickly becomes the top-drawing champion "Kid Galahad." But when the mob tries to muscle in on the action, the cool-headed fighter is forced to pull no punches in the ultimate bout to protect his honor and his dreams. Themesmerizing voice of Elvis, a romantic soundtrack, and breathtaking scenery makes this popular musical remake a knockout hit for the entire family.

Elvis Presley tries on boxing gloves for Kid Galahad, one of his post-Army pictures that still has some fresh air and innocence in it. First spotted crooning from the back of a pickup truck, Elvis plays an ex-G.I. newly returned to his foresty birthplace, where shifty Gig Young runs a boxing camp. Naturally the kid turns out to have talent with the gloves, and a gamblers/mobsters/boxing formula soon kicks in. Meanwhile, Elvis turns his attention to Joan Blackman (from Blue Hawaii) and Young resists making an honest woman of girlfriend Lola Albright. Charles Bronson, who didn't get on well with Elvis, has a hefty role as an incorruptible trainer. The songs squeezed in around this are humdrum, and even the best ones can't accurately be described as rock & roll. Director Phil Karlson, a dab hand at action films (The Phenix City Story), gets some savagery into the fight scenes, and the early location work has a nice breezy feel. As for Presley himself, the early signs of stupor are beginning to be apparent; after the enjoyable opening reel he lacks the old spirit, looking understandably unengaged by the material or his co-stars. --Robert Horton

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Elvis's Best! October 2, 2005
I was thrilled to see my favorite Elvis film coming out on DVD. This is truly one of the best of Elvis! Not only is the story great, but the songs are all terrific. Elvis shines in his portrayal of Walter Gulick, a now former soldier who becomes a boxer. The rest of the cast is also terrific, mainly Gig Young and a supporting role by Charles Bronson. Once again, Joan Blackman (from Blue Hawaii) plays Elvis's love interest- If you have only seen Elvis in some of the silly films from the 60's than you need to see Kid Galahad, you will see the true actor in Elvis...if only he had been given the chance to do more dramatic roles he might have been more appreciated for his acting and not just his singing.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an unfairly treated ELVIS " movie. May 24, 2004
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from the very first time i saw this film, i've been convinced that Elvis can act as well as sing. Unfortunately, he was not given too many chances to do so. His performance is credible, noteworthy, and unforgettable. The up-state NEW YORK scenery is beautiful,the veteran actors also in the movie- GIG YOUNG, CHARLES BRONSON, ED ASNER, all give outstanding performances.
The songs may have been few, KING OF THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, I GOT LUCKY, etc, but still Elvis at his best.This movie is my favorite Elvis flick hands down. PLEASE MGM produce this movie on DVD FULLSCREEN AND WIDESCREEN 5:1 DOLBY DIGITAL . DO IT SOON, FOR I WANT TO ADD IT TO MY COLLECTION. THANKS,oldugly1911
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Presley at his VERY BEST October 17, 2005
By CD King
This is definately one of Elvis Presley very best movie. I love it. He is at his singing best, fighting best and acting best! This is Classic Elvis. I'm so happy that this gem of a movie is finally available on DVD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Presley's Best March 10, 2005
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Elvis Presley movies fall into 4 groups. There are the films made before he entered the Army, when he was a true rocker. Check out Loving You, Jailhouse Rock or King Creole if you want to see what all the fuss was about in the 50's. The music, the moves, the sneering smile--Elvis, the original.

The concert movies which chronicle the Vegas road show from the last part of his career provide a striking contrast to his early rock and roll films--from rebel to caricature in less than 15 years.

The movies for which Elvis is infamous (Girl Happy, Clambake, Spinout, etc.)were made somewhere in between, and Presley should be remembered for making these--the songs were lousy, the movies were stupid, and there were too many of them to be considered just an error in his professional judgement. Even the best of them, Viva Las Vegas, follows the tired formula of the others and barely succeeds on the support of a great title track and an unbearably sexy Ann Margret.

Elvis did, however, make a handful of films shortly after leaving the Army that showed a willingness to experiment in different genres, address adult issues and to perform in character. The western, Flaming Star, cast him as a half breed caught in one of those battles between settlers and American Indians. It's not The Searchers, but in the hands of director Don Siegel, it is a good film, and Elvis is good in it. Wild in the Country was probably the greatest stretch of Presley's acting career--he plays a young writer falling in love with his mentor. Not a great movie, and Elvis shows the limits of his talent. But, he gave it a shot. The two movies produced by the Mirisch Company, Follow That Dream and Kid Galahad, are probably the best of his post-Army career.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Boxing Movie September 14, 2002
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KID GALAHAD (1962) is an excellent boxing movie. If you liked the ROCKY series, you will enjoy this movie of an ex-GI who has a winning knock-out punch. Elvis is credible as a boxer. The rags to riches story also rings true. Elvis himself rose from poverty to become the most popular and successful performer in the world.

The opening scene sequence is unforgettable with Elvis riding on the back of a Mayflower truck singing KING OF THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. There are six songs including I GOT LUCKY. Musically, Elvis is in top form in this movie.

This is a remake of a 1937 movie that starred Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson. The 1937 version was directed by Michael Curtiz who directed CASABLANCA and the Elvis movie KING CREOLE in 1958. The movie examines the corruption that was endemic to boxing and the gambling and crime associated with it.

Oscar-winner Gig Young is excellent as the promoter and DEATH WISH's Charles Bronson gives a spectacular performance as the trainer.

Elvis' acting is very good here although he is not really allowed to show his acting chops. It was a wasted opportunity. The hard edges and the harsher aspects of boxing were toned down. This movie could have been a breakout role for Elvis, but he was not allowed to show his full dramatic range. His image as a happy-go-lucky, safe entertainer had to be maintained at the expense of a strong dramatic performance. In short, Elvis was not allowed to develop and explore the dramatic depths of his character. Compared to ROCKY, the movie falls way short. Nevertheless, Elvis gives a good, convincing performance as the rising boxing star.

The song sequences are excellent especially one where Elvis and Young and Bronson are riding in a jalopy that Elvis restored and painted red.
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