Speedway (1968)

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5.71 h 34 min1968G
Elvis "The King" Presley takes the wheel as a stock car racer with generous impulses and a wayward manager who finds himself owing the IRS in back taxes.
Directors
Norman Taurog
Starring
Elvis PresleyNancy SinatraBill Bixby
Genres
DramaArts, Entertainment, and Culture
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Gale GordonWilliam Schallert
Producers
Douglas Laurence
Studio
Warner Bros.
Rating
G (General Audience)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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katgirlReviewed in the United States on April 22, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
No redeeming qualities
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I used to think that "Harum Scarum" was the worst movie Elvis Presley ever made, until I saw this mess. It makes you wonder who actually greenlit this movie to begin with, why MGM bothered to distribute it, and how any of the actors in it ever got another job. I'm a huge Elvis fan and so just have to accept that for years he was stuck in these movie contracts made by his slimy manager Colonel Parker, who never cared that he could actually act. But even for a bad Elvis movie, this is hard to defend. Burgess Meredith grins through the whole thing for no apparent reason, and wears frosty grey eye shadow. All the native Americans are played by white actors wearing dark makeup, and all are portrayed as stupid. The government gives them cows and a bull to "expand the herd," but they're too stupid to know the difference between a bull and a cow, and so they eat the bull. They would have had to be blind as well as stupid not to notice that. Of course Elvis saves the day.

There's a ridiculous subplot with Joan Blondell as the mother of a young girl who looks more like her granddaughter, and is also missing any discernable IQ. This girl looks like she's 14 years old, so when Elvis is kissing her it looks like child abuse. There's a lot of stupid fights, which are done like the Three Stooges, strictly slapstick. It's a testament to Elvis Presley's enormous talent that he survived this amateur drek, and went on to do the great '68 special that resurrected his music career. Do not pay to watch this movie. Even if it's free, it costs too much.
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GaryReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great Elvis entry with lots and lots of great songs
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Very nice transfer good color original aspect ratio. Soundtrack is clear, bass is good. This Elvis film has so many great songs and the songs actually further the plot almost like a musical. It also has Shelley Fabre from the Donna Reed show. She played opposite Elvis more times than any other actress! Gary Crosby. Bing son is featured along with Jackie Coogan, Uncle Festus from the Addams family in a small part that helps to make this a really enjoyable romp.
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ViracochaReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
disappointing
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I didn't think there could be an Elvis movie I didn't like, but towards the end of this snoozefest I was checking my watch wishing it were over.

A lot of the reviews here seem to be for other Elvis movies, which makes no sense. But anyway, if you're unfamiliar with Elvis movies, my advice is to watch Blue Hawaii and Viva Las Vegas.
2 people found this helpful
David S. GrahamReviewed in the United States on May 6, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nice widescreen release especially if you're French!
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This is a review of Elvis 75th Anniversary DVD Collection (17 Films including Elvis on Tour / Jailhouse Rock / Viva Las Vegas / It Happened at the World's Fair and This Is Elvis) released by Warner Brothers.

I am not a fan of Elvis so mainly bought this to add to my movie collection. I scored it for $57 but even at the normal $70 it works out at $4 a movie. Not bad so long as the quality was OK and in this instance it is.

As one reviewer has already remarked, all the films are in 2.35:1 except Harum Scarum (1965) which is presented in it's original 1.66:1 and This Is Elvis (1981) which is presented in it's original 1.85:1 so do not be fooled by the 1.33:1 listed by Amazon.

Most films run within one or two minutes of original run-times (IMDB) so no major butchering has occurred. There is an error on the packaging that lists Harum Scarum as 85 minutes when the original was 95 minutes however the DVD is the proper 95 minutes. The audio is fine on the DVDs I tested. Each movie is on a separate DVD with all titles packaged into 2 separate cases with hinged disc holders. There are a fair few extras although I didn't delve into those.

The only down side of this package is the subtitles. Every movie is subtitled in French however only 10 of the 17 movies have english subtitles. I still can't fathom why you would produce a set of DVDs with an English cover and then cater for the French market with subtitles. It cost this release a star.

I award this release 4 stars.
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bkdReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best movie that Elvis ever made
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Lights, camera, action! I enjoy a number of Elvis movies like Girl Happy (my favorite), Speedway, Blue Hawaii, Follow That Dream and this movie It Happened at the World's Fair. Yes, I know that they are lightweight and some critics may find them silly. However, when I want a movie that will make me feel lighthearted inside, to remember how much I enjoyed the beach when I was young, and to have beautiful scenery to look at, and great music to listen to, this is the type of movie that I reach for. I hope that Elvis Presley realized before he passed away how much joy he brought to others. Sometimes movies are not all about the drama and the deep thinking which has its place. Sometimes a movie just needs to entertain, and that is what most of his movies accomplished. They entertain you. No, it is not rocket science here nor was it meant to be. It's Elvis and his great ability as an entertainer. Sometimes we need to look past the forest in order to see the trees. We need to appreciate the gifts that people are given and enjoy what they have to offer. I think he would have been excellent in A Star Is Born with Barbra Streisand had he taken the part; however, the films that we do have will put a smile on your face, and a dance in your step, and a song in your heart. I pray that he found both peace and salvation in the end. May he rest in peace and may we enjoy the legacy he left behind in his music and his movies.
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P LedbetterReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love Elvis!
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I am a fan, so any movie with him I like. This is not my fav, but just seeing how he could do anything with such grace and gave everything his all, itis amazing to me how he put up with all the Colonel Tom & Hollywood controlling nonsense. But, he is forever the King to me, and his music is magic and never grows old.
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d momReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loose DVD
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The nice thing is if came early. Two things. 1. It came in an envelope saying Ebay which was confusing. 2. The DVD was loose. It is going to be a gift . I had to open it up to secure DVD. I'm hoping there are no defects in it. The dvd after viewing is in great condition.
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View from the hillsReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Summers in the late 60's and 70's....
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What's not to like about an Elvis flick with great songs....Fleeing the cold of Chicago, Rusty/Elvis and his band get an all expense paid vacation to Fort Lauderdale in exchange for keeping an eye on the Chicago club owners plain jane daughter. When the daughter, Shelly Fabres, sheds her long winter coat and glasses for a bikini the guys know they will have their hands full keeping her safe from the college frat boys.

To be noted: Elvis does an admirable job of keeping this film fun and fresh although by this time in his career he wanted to be a serious actor and would have done well at it.....IE: Wild In the Country, Flaming Star, Love Me Tender and Charro. Under the direction of his manager Col.Parker he never got that chance and was relegated to "same story new songs" B movies.[[ASIN:B001QUH88U Girl Happy]]
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