Elvis movie: The major girlfriends and key life details ‘erased’ from Baz Luhrmann biopic
Elvis the movie hits cinemas today and in its 2 hours and 39 minutes takes audiences
on a whistle-stop tour through Elvis Presley’s short 42 years. Inevitably not everything
made it in, although director Baz Luhrmann admits there’s a four-hour out there somewhere.
The first part of the movie focuses heavily on 1956-8, when Elvis Presley rose to fame,
up to his army service and mother Gladys' death. Suddenly we whizz right past 10 years
in a quick montage when The King was making lots of samey rom-coms.
His wedding to Priscilla Presley is briefly mentioned before the action slows down
again from his 1968 Comeback Special, with some sensational performances by Austin Butler.
The rest of the film focuses on his Las Vegas residencies from 1969