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Three beauties vie for a bandleader's attentions. One is the daughter of a race car owner who wants the young man to drive his car in an upcoming rally.

Elvis is harried by three, count 'em, three marriage-minded dames in Spinout, in which he plays a race car driver/rock & roll singer. He's offered big bucks to compromise his lifestyle by playing a party for a rich girl (frequent co-star Shelley Fabares) and drive a millionaire's prototype car, but Elvis isn't tempted by material gain. (Sort of an inverse plot to EP's real showbiz career.) Most of the picture has the flat, studio-bound look that director Norman Taurog perfected in his many Presley vehicles, with only the big race scene in the last 10 minutes perking things up. However, the songs are rockin'-er than usual for a mid-Elvis movie, with "Stop, Look and Listen," "I'll Be Back," and "Adam and Evil" all fun in a dragstrip kind of way. (Let us ignore "Smorgasbord.") Elvis is in his chunky pre-comeback form here, and looks understandably bored by the plot. --Robert Horton

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  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Diane McBain, Dodie Marshall, Deborah Walley
  • Directors: Norman Taurog
  • Writers: George Kirgo, Theodore J. Flicker
  • Producers: Hank Moonjean, Joe Pasternak
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00027JYAS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,004 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spinout" on IMDb

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"Spinout" is neither the best nor the worst Elvis movie of the 60's. But it is represenative of most of his films and thus a good movie for Elvis newbies to gauge whether they want to see any more from da' King.

The Plot? Well, here goes;

Elvis and his bandmates (who are also his pit crew) run across a millionaire's daughter & a attractive journalist who want Elvis as their trophy husband. The band's drummer (whose also a gourmet cook) is also smitten with the King. The millionaire wants Elvis as well, but only to drive his new race car. In the end, everyone is racin', dancin', & finally gettin' married. But which one (of any of them) does Elvis chose?

The songs are above average for a typical Elvis flick, lead off by the snappy rock number "Stop, Look, Listen". Other highlights include "Adam & Evil", "All That I Am", and the swaggering "I'll Be Back".

"Spinout" is perfect drive-in fare where the details of the plot should really be ignored if you're going to enjoy the film. Although I'll admit that some of it is so bad it's funny. Take for example the late night dinner scene that happens early in the film. Elvis manages to light a campfire simply by dropping a lit match on a small pile of dry wood (try that the next time your camping). Or how Elvis 'n bandmates manage to organize a pool party overnight to wake the millionaire up at dawn. Not to mention the band itself seems only vaguely familiar with how their instraments work. The fetching Deborah Wally seems completely lost while trying to maintain a beat.

The rest of the cast is fine, if not really outstanding. Shelly Fabares is appropriately spoiled, yet radient as the millionaire's daughter.
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Spinout is possibly just above average in Elvis' body of work. He does have a nice supporting cast in Shelley Fabares, Diane McBain, Deborah Walley, Will Hutchins, Warren Berlinger, and Carl Betz. All are personable and believable in their roles.

In Spinout, Elvis is once again a musically inclined race car driver. This time he runs a four member band, and through the course of the movie has to fend off the attentions of three beautiful ladies. My favorite scene is Elvis charming a rich elderly couple out of the use of their house as he convinces them to go on a second honeymoon. You get a bit of a different ending for an Elvis movie, as most of the time you are used to him falling in love with the female lead to live (supposedly) happily ever after.

Like many Elvis movies, there is no high art here. But you do get to know a likable group of people. Also like a lot of Elvis movies, there are no bad guys, just ego conflicts between various people you come to like (much like Clambake and Viva Las Vegas). Its an enjoyable bit of escapism, and another chance to see one of the best singers and most dynamic entertainers of rock and roll deliver some quite entertaining numbers onscreen. Let's face it, Elvis was entertaining even when delivering average acting performances, and we're 40+ years out from his last film. We have to take what was made, and luckily that's most often good enough.

Recommended as relaxing and light entertainment.
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This is an excellent musical comedy from the swinging 60s. Elvis Presley is at his very musical best and the color is nice, the songs are excellent and the whole movie is just fun, fun and great fun. I love this DVD. Highly recomanded!
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Hooray, SPINOUT on DVD at last! One of Elvis' 60s movies, about which all you can say is, if you like them, you love them. Somewhere along the way, Elvis stopped really caring about everything except Gladys, and the scripts suffered. They were all the same with plenty of innuendo, but not much real sex. Except of course that sex is omnipresent in the air, it's built into each frame of film like a poltergeist nimbus in a haunted house. SPINOUT features Elvis opposite the perplexing pixie Deborah Walley, who often played a kind of tomboyish girl yearning to be a woman, the parts Debbie Reynolds owned a decade earlier. And yet Walley is extremely sexy, just not in this film. The other guys Elvis has to compete with aren't in his league, but they're not bad looking, at least Will Sugarfoot Hutchins and Carl Betz from the Donna Reed Show are passable and here even Warren Berlinger from BILLIE looks pretty sharp.

However in every department the women outclass them, from Deborah Walley in torn sweatshirts and pink Capris, to ultra-chic Diane McBain an "author" like Helen Gurley Brown of sex manuals for bachelorettes, to Shelley Fabares, the millionaire daughter of Carl Betz--a casting move that will leave you scratching your head if you remember her playing the same part in The Donna Reed Show. As many have noted, the final number is the best--I'LL BE BACK, sung by Elvis and band in a bohemian basement nightclub with weird proto-Dufy paintings on the walls and candles stuck in Chianti bottles, and the band drives the crowd to their feet eventually, everyone doing the Frug and the Monkey in wild 60s abandon.
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