This Is Elvis

This Is Elvis

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This Is Elvis is a 1981 documentary film directed by Andrew Solt and Malcolm Leo, based on the life of Elvis Presley. It combined archival footage with reenactments, and narration by pop singer Ral Donner. It was screened out of competition at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival.

For re-enactment scenes, Presley was portrayed in the film by four actors:
  • Paul Boensch II as Presley at age 10 (Tupelo, Mississippi in 1946)
  • David Scott as Presley at age 18 (Memphis in 1953, singing in school, Sun recording session)
  • Dana MacKay as Presley at age 35
  • Johnny Harra as Presley at age 42 (Opening credits, August 16, 1977 scene from extended version)


Presley receives credit only in the extended version prepared for cable and later home video release.

RCA Records released a two-disc soundtrack album for the film in 1981 (CPL2 4031), featuring the first official release of several of Presley's 1950s television appearances.

A two-disc DVD set of the film was released on August 7, 2007 commemorating the 30th anniversary of Presley's death. Disc 1 features the original version shown in theaters, Disc 2 includes the extended version with 45 extra minutes of footage.

This is the only Presley movie produced and released by Warner Brothers as opposed to those now owned by WB through Turner Entertainment such as Viva Las Vegas, or via...
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