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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: August 7, 2007
- Originally Released: 1957
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Surround 5.1 English
- Mono 1.0 English
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Steve Pond - Author
- Featurette: THE SCENE THAT STOLE JAILHOUSE ROCK
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Judy Tyler, Vaughn Taylor, Dean Jones, Mickey Shaughnessy, Jennifer Holden, Anne Neyland & Hugh Sanders|
|Directed by||Richard Thorpe|
|Edited by||Ralph E. Winters|
|Composition by||Jeff Alexander|
|Cinematography by||Robert J. Bronner|
|Art Direction by||William A. Horning & Randall Duell|
[T]he classic title track gets a terrific, swivel-hipped staging and swagger in which everybody in the old cell block really is dancing to the jailhouse rock.
Sight and Sound
Rating: 3/5 -- '50s Elvis film still charms; some mild violence, smoking. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Rating: B -- Just a notch above the average Elvis vehicle (which is not very high), this early b/w effort (Elvis' third feature) suffers from a silly prison yarn but is ultimately saved by the rendition of some good rocking tuners like the title song. Full Review
Rating: 7/10 -- Even if the plot is thin, the characterizations are solid, and the music is some of Elvis's best. Full Review
Rating: A+ -- Jailhouse Rock (1957) is a prison-related, rags-to-riches musical-drama (and biopic parable of a predictable downfall and recovery) from director Richard Thorpe. It was the most influential black-and-white rock musical... Full Review
Rating: B- -- singing carries the day, just as we'd expect in an Elvis movie Full Review
Old School Reviews
Rating: 3/5 -- An early, lively Elvis musical, aesthetically light years from the tacky one-offs, such as Spinout that followed. The title number... well, it rocks.
F5 (Wichita, KS)
After learning to play guitar and sing during a stint in the Big House, a minor-league punk kid becomes a rock star, with a little help from a beautiful agent. But the pressures of fame wear him down. Considered by many to be Elvis Presley's best film because of its eerie narrative prescience, noirish setting, and quality songs, especially the poolside performance of "You're So Square."
After a barroom brawl, young Vince Everett is sent to prison for manslaughter. With a little help from his hard-nosed cellmate, Everett begins developing his singing talents. After his release, the bitter but determined Vince spares no one as he climbs his way to the top of the music charts.
Prison / Prisoners | Rock And Roll | Rags To Riches | Theatrical Release | Elvis Presley | Musical Sequences
- Co-produced by Avon Productions.
- Tracks include:
"Treat Me Nice"
"Young and Beautiful"
"I Want to be Free"
"Don't Leave Me Now"
"Baby, I Don't Care"
- Film is also available in colorized version.
- Sales Rank: 8,386
- UPC: 012569797833
- Shipping Weight: 0.35/lbs (approx)
- International Shipping: 1 item
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