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5 iconic uses of Elvis Presley songs in movies

Thursday, 11 April 2024
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Elvis Presley, the "King of Rock and Roll" is one of the bestselling solo music artists of all time, selling more than 500 million records worldwide.

Aside from starring in 31 movies himself, Elvis Presley's songs have been used in many movies over the years and have helped create some iconic movie moments. We've listed some our favourites here.

Many of these hits and more (in fact more than 40 of Elvis’ iconic songs) are now playing at Her Majesty's Theatre as part of Elvis: A Musical Revolution until April 28.

1. '(You're the) Devil in Disguise', Lilo and Stitch (2002)

Lilo and Stitch departed from standard Disney fare with its distinctive humour to explore the concept of 'ohana', or family.

In this scene, Lilo's sister Nani desperately goes around town looking for a job, while Lilo attempts to reform Stitch into a model citizen like her idol Elvis Presley. From torpedoing the local grocery store, to smashing windows with his guitar solos, Stitch inadvertently undermines Nani's efforts at every stop.

2. 'A Little Less Conversation', Ocean's Eleven (2001)

This classic heist comedy was a remake of the 1960 original, featuring an ensemble A-list cast of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and others.

While Elvis croons for a little less talk and more action, the film pans across aerial shots of Las Vegas in all its ostentatious glory. Name a more iconic pairing, we'll wait.

3. 'Hound Dog', Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump is a heartwarming film that follows the extraordinary life of Alabama man Forrest Gump as he unwittingly becomes involved in key historical events and touches the lives of those around him.

Did Forrest Gump originate this iconic Elvis dance move? This scene was one of many that made us wish Forrest Gump was a biopic.  

4. 'Jailhouse Rock', The Blues Brothers (1980)

The Blues Brothers follows the misadventures of two soulful siblings on a mission from God to save their childhood orphanage, leading to a wild and music-filled journey through Chicago while evading law enforcement.

If anyone was to pay homage to Elvis Presley in a jailhouse, we sure are glad that it was the Blues Brothers. This performance of 'Jailhouse Rock' with its energetic choreography also doubles as one of our favourite movie outros of all time.

5. 'Can't Help Falling in Love', Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Crazy Rich Asians portrays the romantic and cultural clash when an American-born Chinese woman discovers her boyfriend's ultra-wealthy Singaporean family, navigating opulence, traditions, and societal pressures in a whirlwind of love and drama.

Kina Grannis's pared back cover of this Elvis classic draws out the melancholy, sweetness and feelings of vulnerability that come with falling in love. We're not crying - you're crying.

See Elvis: A Musical Revolution

Now playing until April 28 - get your tickets now!

Rob Mallett and Cast Elvis A Musical Revolution Photo credit Ken Leanfore 3
Header image: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Elliott Gould and Don Cheadle in Ocean's Eleven (2001), dir. Steven Soderbergh

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