A bit disappointed not to get at least some music from the king (but parts of one wee song, sung by an impersonator) ... and lets face it - Michael Shannon does not really look like Elvis. However -... Read moreit had its funny moments and captures nicely the atmosphere of the early 70'ies.
On the morning of December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley personally delivered a hand-written letter to a security guard at the north-west gate of the White House. In the letter, Elvis stated that he wished to meet President Nixon and give him a gift. He further indicated his desire to be made a "federal agent at large" and use his celebrity status to help fight the war against drugs. With rumours of Elvis Presley's own drug addiction circulating and his substantial anti-establishment fan contingent, there was a certain sense of irony to the gesture. But, intrigued, Nixon's aide Egil Krogh followed up with Elvis and was convinced of his sincerity. A meeting between the King and the President was approved.
Elvis & Nixon takes us through the bizarre and comical events leading up to and during that meeting. The encounter culminated in Elvis hugging the President, attempting to impart his gift of a World War II era Colt .45 pistol and receiving his federal badge from the Bureau of Narcotics that very day.
Starring Kevin Spacey as Nixon and Michael Shannon as Elvis, this fascinating true story sees two of most influential figures in America, with seemingly nothing in common, brought together for one beautifully absurd moment.