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Love Me Tender (1956)

Richard Egan , Debra Paget , Robert D. Webb  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Egan, Debra Paget, Elvis Presley, Robert Middleton, William Campbell
  • Directors: Robert D. Webb
  • Writers: Maurice Geraghty, Robert Buckner
  • Producers: David Weisbart
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • 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: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068TQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,871 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love Me Tender" on IMDb

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Here's the alpha point of Elvis Presley's film career, the introduction of the raw-boned Mississippi boy into Hollywood pictures. E.P. takes a supporting role, and his entrance is delayed for nearly 20 minutes: kid brother to returning Civil War soldier Richard Egan, his character marries Egan's sweetheart Debra Paget when Egan is presumed dead. It's a chance for Elvis, his face still trembling with baby fat, to emote dramatically and finish tragically, both of which he does passably well. A serviceable Western, the film shamelessly shoehorns four Presley tunes into two sequences: E.P. crooning on mama's porch, and performing at a country fair (where starchy locals don't seem disturbed at the boy's gyrating hips and happy feet). All in all, a shrewd way to put a foot in Hollywood's doorway, and, of course, one of the last Presley movies to feel like a real film and not a vehicle for the King. --Robert Horton

Additional Features

Not much in the way of DVD extras, although a Spanish-language trailer is amusing. The main attraction is getting to see the movie in crisp black-and-white widescreen after years of panned-and-scanned TV showings. --Robert Horton

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Elvis... September 12, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
"Love Me Tender" is the touching tale of brotherly love, and the after effects of war. It is also the film that introduces Elvis to us as an actor. Although not his best screen work(he gets better in later films), it's very much worth the view, just to be serenaded by him throughout the film, and his moving rendition of "Love Me Tender" will put a lump in your throat and have you humming it for days after.

Richard Egan, William Campbell, and James Drury are the three older Reno Brothers who have been off fighting in the Civil War for four years. They are fighting for the Confederates, and not knowing the war has ended, have robbed the Northern Army's payroll, with all intentions of turning it over to the cause of the South. When they find out the war is over, they earnestly figure it is the "spoils of war" and divvy it up with the other men in their group. They happily return home, and Vance(Egan) is especially anticipating reuniting with the girl he left behind, the beautiful Kathy(Debra Paget).

Things go downhill from there...Everyone thought Vance had been killed in the war, his younger brother Clint(Elvis), has married his girl, and the law is after the brothers for the payroll money they stole. Vance loves his younger brother and tries to live with this turn of events, but things go from bad to worse as he tries to make things right with everyone.

Elvis performs several musical numbers throughout the film, including "We're Gonna Move" and the toe tappin "Poor Boy". And as I said above, these performances, make this film well worth the view. They're pure Elvis.

From 1956, in Black and White, it's a musical Western, a story of a brother's love, action, romance and ELVIS!...Enjoy.....Laurie
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars B&W or color? March 11, 2006
Format:DVD
I bought mine and it's in black and white, not colorized as the store claims to be. So I would give all the stores selling this item as colorized version a zero star!!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really an Elvis movie, but a good Civil War western October 15, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Ok I'm no big fan of Elvis, I know his music, (an American can't help but know it.) Its good music, but I don't own a song of his. I don't claim to be a follower of his movies either, but this one is a western and I AM a follower of westerns and Civil War movies and this passes well.
This movie brings it highs and lows. A trio of brothers fresh from a raid of a Union payroll find out that the war is over on their way to turn in the money to their General with the unit. Their commander Vance (the eldest brother) decides there is no Confederate Government to turn the cash in to. They split the dough and head home. The family gets a shock that they are alive when they were told they were dead, while he gets a shock which the girl we was to marry is wed to his younger brother (Elivs).
The plot twists when the Union army decides that to come after the former raiders, causing splits among the raiders and increasing the tension between the brothers. The movie is more than passable (should likely be 3 3/4 stars vs 4's) and the acting is pretty good and the story moves along well.
As far as Elvis goes, this movie proves he can act. Its a shame that we don't see him in later years in more conventional movies such as this one. This picture convinces me he could carry it off well. Sinatra was able to pull off movies that were seperate from his singing, (although he did a fair amount of "singing" movies.) its a shame Elvis never got that chance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE ME TENDER July 30, 2002
Format:DVD
In this western drama set immediately after the Civil War (originally titled "The Reno Brothers"), Elvis appears in the secondary role of Clint Reno. This was the only time in his acting career that Elvis received second billing. Clint, the younger of the four Reno brothers, stayed behind to run the family farm during the war while his older brothers were off fighting for the Confederacy. Star Richard Egan plays Vance Reno, the elderst brother whom the family believes to have been killed in battle. Upon returning home, Vance is shocked to discover that Clint has married Vance's former sweetheart, Cathy, played by Debra Pagent (who appeared in The Ten Commandments). The love triangle, complicated by the greedy actions of some unscrupulous ex-Confederates, eventually pits brother against brother, resulting in Clint's death. The downbeat ending is tempered by the brother's reconciliation as Clint dies in Cathy's arms.
Originally titled "The Reno Brothers", this western drama was re-titled after a number of articles announced that advanced sales for "Love Me Tender"--one of the songs recorded for the film--exceeded a million copies. It was the first time advanced sales for a single release had ever suprassed the million mark, and the producers capitalized on the publicity by changing the film's title.
The enormous amount of press coverage also affected the film's conclusion. During production, fanzines leaked that Elvis's character was supposed to die near the end of the film. As originally shot, the final scene features Mother Reno solemnly ringing the dinner bell as her three remaining sons toil in the fields. Pain and loss are registered on the faces of Mother Reno and Cathy, who mourn the death of Clint.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Elvis makes his mark…
Elvis became a film star with his debut performance in ‘Love Me Tender’. It was a shocking role for the musical sensation, mostly because he has some questionable (at least as far... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Andrew Ellington
5.0 out of 5 stars original Elvis
Classic black and white love it/great to watch his 1st movie and it's the only film u will see Elvis die/great to see him singing on stage
Published 9 days ago by agustin
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
This was not what I expected. Older movies are more simple then today. Elvis was genuine in this movie and so young. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Julie Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Lives
Elvis always gets the Max rating, cause he will always be The King A#1, He was the greatest entertainer to ever walk this earth TCB
Published 1 month ago by R. W. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Elvis movie
Love Elvis music, but never saw this movie. Only watched Blue Hawaii in theatre. But this was a good movie.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The King's first
Decent picture and sound. Very little extras. Only the fourth Elvis movie out on Blu-ray...Let's hope for more soon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Javier Benito Revollo
5.0 out of 5 stars great movies
the move was wrapped in original wrapping and in excellent condition this movie was exactly what i ordered i enjoyed watching it very much
Published 2 months ago by Marion
3.0 out of 5 stars Elvis singing at the Fair with the girls screaming & him wiggling does...
I really bought this movie because I am a James Drury fan. I grew up with Elvis, I am in my 70's, but this one scene at the fair ruined the movie for me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shirley Pedersen
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Elvis has always been one of my favorites and this has always been one of my favorite movies.
I really enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Linda Bittenbender
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have
This being his first movie is a must to own and it is one I didn't have. The acting is not great but its Elvis. Always an Elvis fan.
Published 2 months ago by Michelle
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