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Protecting the King

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At 4, Elvis became my brother. At 16, my brother became The King.
Based on a true story. Sex, drugs and violence--they're all part of the job when you're working for The King of Rock & Roll. And when you're only 16, the on-the-job training comes in ways that can't be taught in school. Prepare to be all shook up by the shocking true story of David Stanley, stepbrother and bodyguard of Elvis Presley. Through the dizzying highs and lows of life on the road with unlimited excess, he experienced it all...and barely survived.
DVD Features Include: Behind the Scenes Featurette, and Director's Commentary

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  • Actors: Matt Barr, Peter Dobson, Brian Krause, Max Perlich, Tom Sizemore
  • Directors: D. Edward Stanley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TME1AY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Barbara A. Fisher on November 1, 2007
Format: DVD
I should have checked to see who wrote and directed this amateurish pseudo-biopic before we rented it. D. Edward Stanley--otherwise known as David, Elvis' stepbrother, is the one who wrote and directed this turkey.

I hope he also ponied up the money to make it, because damn--I hate to think of anyone else losing cash on it. This film is self-aggrandizing in the extreme, and ridiculous. I mean, I knew it would be bad, but I was hoping it would be bad enough to be campy, but when I, a woman, can do a better Elvis impersonation than the actor playing Elvis--I knew we were in for trouble.

The writing was wretched. Apparently David Stanley doesn't know that personal pronouns exist, nor did he want anyone to forget that the movie was about HIM, not Elvis, because every time another character spoke to the main character, it was "David, blah, blah, blah...." to be followed by "But, David, blah, blah blabbity blah."

We took to counting the times that his name was said in the film, and gave up after twenty. It was too ridiculous. People simply DO NOT talk like that.

I won't mention the direction except to say it was utterly pathetic. Okay, I will have to add that the stunt coordination was amazingly horrible. The Kenpo Karate "master" is shown flailing around like a hooked fish being dragged to shore, and it was so embarrassing, I just wanted to scream, "CUT!"

A first year film student could have done better. My advice for Mr. Stanley is to try a few semesters of film school, or maybe even just read some books on screenwriting. William Goldman's book is good, I hear.

Please don't rent this movie. It isn't bad enough to really be funny, it is just pathetic. And certainly don't buy it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bo Duke--The Elvis Presley Fan on October 18, 2007
Format: DVD
As a fan of Elvis Presley's for more than 20 years I have seen and heard a lot about Elvis Presley from people who knew him, claimed to know him, etc. Yes, David Stanley (using the name D. Edward Stanley to direct this garbage, probably doesn't want anyone to know it's garbage) was his step-brother, until Vernon divorced his mother in the early or mid-1970s, why didn't he mention Elvis by name? He also did no justice to Elvis, his memory or his legacy. Upon watching this "movie", and I use the term "movie" loosely I noticed, and at first, and wondered who "Frank", "Jeff" and, I believe, "Darrell" are that worked for Elvis. Then I realized it was Red West, his cousin Sonny West and Joe Esposito. Must have been some reason, legal or otherwise, that the names were changed. He (D. Edward Stanley) had Elvis portrayed improperly. The hair was too short, the sideburns weren't correct either, what about the weight gain Elvis went through during the last 5 years of his life. Also, his eyes were blue not brown. Thanks for making a rotten "movie" that does only you justice David. It should have been titled the "David (D. Edward Stanley) Stanley Story", it would have sold or rented fewer copies than it did. It went on about David this or David that more often than I can remember. It made him, the "star" of the "movie", David Stanley appear to be a jerk. The key word in my last sentence is appear, I do not know D. Edward Stanley and do not wish to pass judgement on him, just stating an opinion. What about the rest of the world that has plenty of Elvis fans, like me, that deserve to know what was really happening? I must say the only good scene in the "movie" came when Red West (given a different name here) punched David Stanley in the face. Too bad "the Boss" made him apologize for it.Read more ›
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Miller on October 20, 2007
Format: DVD
Here is a Elvis bio movie unlike any others so far that I have seen.
I have been an Elvis fan for more than 30 years and grew up in a household with a brother who was a fan since the very early 60's. I have been fasinated with with this mans life for a very long time, collecting his music, movies and approx 100 biographies. What really made me a fan was to see him in concert towards the end of his life, (Oct 1976). At the time I was an 18 year old Kiss fan but at this concert he proved to me he was the King of Rock N Roll.
Ok enough about me, this film produced, written and directed by Elvis'step-brother is not as bad as I thought it would be, yes it appears cheaply done and the directing is a little over the top, but the actors for the most part have done a pretty good job.
The characters have almost all been renamed so it makes it a little game for the true Elvis fan to try to figure out who they really are suppose to be. Even Elvis' name is never mentioned in the movie he is always called either "Boss" or "The King". Darrell who is presumably Charlie Hodge has the least flattering portrayal. Tom Sizemore portrays Ronny who I figured was Joe Esposito but in the directors commentary Stanley says he is Lamar Fike, but I believe he portrays Esposito, but maybe he is a composite of both. Oddly Elvis' women are downplayed, not seen and barely mentioned.
The soundtrack is the worst part of this film, no Elvis music is used, and no singing. I don't like it when they make up songs to sound like Elvis music when it isn't.
The story is interesting as I sayed before I am facinated with this guys life and a behind the scenes look from someone who was there is facinating.
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