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Elvis--That's The Way It Is

 

 

Shooting began July and was completed in September 1970

Opened nationally November 11, 1970

Character:  Himself

Producer: Herbert F. Soklow

Director: Denis Sanders

 

Plot:

This film chronicles Elvis' 1970 summer appearance at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. Elvis began rehearsals on July 5 at the MGM studios in Hollywood, where he worked on his material for about a month. The show opened August 10. The MGM cameras not only recorded the rehearsals but also opening night, several performances throughout the engagement, and one show at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.. AZ. The film is structured so that the rehearsals and other scenes of preparation build to an extended climax of Elvis onstage. Dressed in a simple, white jumpsuit, accented with fringe instead of rhinestones, and gems, Elvis is showcased at the pinnacle of his career.

 

Songs:

Over Opening credits:

"Mystery Train/Tiger Man"

In Rehearsal at MGM:

"Words"

"The Next Step Is Love"

"Polk Salad Annie"

"Crying Time"

"That's All Right (Mama)"

"Little Sister"

"What'd I Say"

"Stranger In the Crowd"

"How the Web Was Woven" (Elvis played the piano)

"I Just Can't Help Believin'"

"You Don't Have To Say You Love Me"

In Rehearsal with Vocal Groups:

"You Don't Have To Say You Love Me"

"Bridge Over Troubled Water"

"Words"

IN Rehearsal at the International Hilton:

"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"

"Mary In The Morning"

Performed at the International Hilton:

"That's All Right (Mama)"

"I've Lost You"

"Patch It Up"

"Love Me Tender"

"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"

"Sweet Caroline"

"I Just Can't Help Believin'"

"Little Sister/Get Back"

"Bridge Over Troubled Water"

"Heartbreak Hotel"

"One Night"

"Blue Suede Shoes"

"All Shook Up"

"Polk Salad Annie"

"Suspicious Minds"

"Can't Help Falling IN Love"

 

Cast:

Musicians with Elvis 

James Burton

Glen Hardin

Charlie Hodge

Jerry Scheff

Ronnie Tutt

John Wilkinson

Background Vocals

The Sweet Inspirations

The Imperials

Orchestra Conductor 

 Joe Guercio

Technical Assistants

Richard Davis

Tom Diskin

Joe Esposito

Lamar Fike

Felton Jarvis

Jim O' Brien

Al Pachucki

Bill Porter 

Sonny West

 

Production Notes:

Some confusion exists about the actual title of t this movie. The working title was Elvis. MGM's publicity department referred to the film after its release as Elvis--"That's The Way It Is" Still others call the film simply That's The Way It Is. Most fans refer to it as Elvis--That's The Way It Is.

Shows at the International Hilton were the primary source of the concert footage, and the final photography was filmed at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.

Elvis--That's The Way It Is was rated G by the MPAA.

Recording stages 1 and 1A were used for rehearsals at MGM.

Charlie Hodge's name was spelled "Charley" in the credits.

The following celebrities were greeted when the walked into the International Hotel in the film: Juliet Prowse, Xavier Cugat, Charo, Rona Barrett, Norm Crosby, and Dale Robertson. Seen at tables in the showroom were Cary Grant and Sammy Davis, Jr.

An MGM crew was sent to Luxembourg to film the Fifth Annual Elvis Presley Appreciation Society Convention. Four thousand Elvis fans attended the convention.

During the film, one could see a shipment of albums (RCA LSP-4399_ being loaded into a truck. This was not an Elvis album.

The oldest fan waiting in line at the International Hilton was a 100-year-old lady who was ushered in to meet Elvis.

Elvis--That's The Way It Is reached #22 on Variety's weekly list of top-grossing films.

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