Elvis & Nixon

Synopsis: On a December morning in 1970, the King of Rock 'n Roll showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Nixon. Starring Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley and two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon, comes the untold true story behind this revealing, yet humorous moment in the Oval Office forever immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.
Genre: Comedy, History
Director(s): Liza Johnson
Production: Amazon Studios
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min

From 9:
20 to 11:30,

you have your meetings with

Mr. Haldeman,

Mr. Kissinger and Mr. Zeigler.

From 11:
40 to 12:05,

you have a meeting in the Grand Hall

to receive diplomatic credentials

from the Ambassadors of the

Dominican Republic and Zambia.

Do they speak any English?

- I believe so.

- Oh, good.

Because I hate it when they don't even try.

You know,

whenever I go to a foreign country

I always try to learn some phrases.

You know, it gives me an edge

with the people of that country.

You know, shows I did my homework,

shows I care.

Some people come right in here, no effort.

No effort whatsoever.

Not in their national character.

That's why they'll never be

superpowers like us.

From 12:
05 to 1:05,

you have your open hour,

at the end of which

we thought would be a good time

to have your meeting with Mr. Presley.

From 1:
10 to 1:30,

you have an informal meet-and-greet

with 150 or so White House volunteers

in the State...

Elvis? Elvis Presley?

Yes, sir. The entertainer.

I know who Elvis Presley is. Yes.

Who the f*** set this up?

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here!

This is the War Room.

What is going on here?

I demand an explanation!

This clumsy fool tried to plant

that ridiculous camera on me.

In America, black people

are treated very much as

the Vietnamese people

or any other colonized people...

President Nixon and his press secretary

made no comment about...

...kids are saying.

Smoke pot with your kids

and then you'll understand

why the kids are happy.

You gotta be kidding me.

...and in Cambodia,

the fight against suspected communists.

One, two, three, four,

stop the war against the poor!

Next, please.

Hello, ma'am. One ticket, please.

And where will you be traveling to, sir?

Los Angeles.

The one in California?

That's the one.

"The one in California?"

What other one is there?

You know, I prayed

this day would come so many times.

My cousin,

she would always tell me, "Margaret,

"you are never,

ever going to meet the King.

"So just get over it. "

You gotta hold on to your dreams.

You have beautiful eyes.

So, about the ticket?

Of course.

We have a flight leaving

in less than an hour.

- I'll take it.

- Yes. Of course.

I'm so sorry to have to ask,

but, do you have

any form of identification?

Yes, ma'am.

Not like a driver's license or something?

Confidentially speaking,

this is the first time

I've ever flown on my own.

- So, I...

- It's fine.

Excuse me, sir... Is that a...

Oh, this?

This is my .45.

Yeah, I got a little pistol

in my boot, too.

I got permits for both of them, so...

They need these catalogued and vaulted.

And there's a call for you.

He says his name is Mr. Tiger.

- Elvis?

- Mr. Cougar?

I'm in a bit of a pickle here.

I was just trying to hop a quick flight

on American Airlines

and now I'm being detained

due to carrying side arms.

- You took guns on a plane?

- Yeah.

Elvis, why are you flying commercial?

Top secret. Gotta bolt quick, Jerry.

You know, click-bang.

I'll explain it to you

when you pick me up at the airport.

- Yeah. I'm at work.

- Come on, Jerry

You're the only one I can trust with this.


- I'll pick you up.

- Good.

Now... About my little situation here...

Yeah, I got an idea.

The guy in front of you,

ask if he has any kids.

Come on, honey. It's all right.

That's a pretty coat you got there.

Y'all scrunch on in now.

Great big old smile!

That looked good.

- Thank you so much, Mr. Presley.

- Thank you.

Anything for law enforcement.

Oh, yes, sir.

Look at this handsome devil.


I knew I could count on you, Mr. Cougar.

How are you, Mr. Tiger?

This is my man.

And I promised these young ladies

we'd give them a ride home.

You don't mind, do you?


I like the way you walk

I like the way you talk

I like the way you walk

I like the way you talk

Suzie Q

Hey, that's a great book, man.

You should check it out.

You're a number six.

I miss our talks, Jerry.

Me too, E.

I came out here to get you, man.

I got work.

How much are they paying you at Paramount?

You don't even want to

say it out loud, do you...

I actually just got a promotion.

- Oh, yeah?

- Yeah.

Well, how's this for a promotion?

Let's stop screwing around

and start up that studio, man.

I'm ready.

I'll put you right beside me,

you can run whatever you want.

Editing, production...

You know I'm trying to do

my own thing here.

It's no problem,

I can get you on a jet back from D.C.

- D.C.?

- Yeah.

See, here's the real deal, Jerry.

I want to get a badge.

A federal badge.

You know, like that clown

we met at Chasen's that one night.

The guy who does the voice of Bullwinkle.

If a guy like that can have a badge,

why can't I?

Does Priscilla know about this?

- No.

- What about your daddy?

Heck, no, man. They're all screaming at me.

Calling the Colonel,

saying I'm spending too much cash.

I just did 29 days at the International.

I sold out every night in Vegas.

I got plenty of dough.

You don't tell a grown man

how to spend his money.

It ain't right.

Come on, panther man.

Take this trip with me. It'll be fun.

Hi, Donald, it's Jerry here.

I'm going to have to call in sick.

Yes. I am so sorry.

Can you connect me

to the Hotel Washington?

Hello, American Airlines?

I was wondering, could I rent

the whole top floor of your hotel tonight?

It's actually for me and a guy named Elvis.

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Joey Sagal

Joey Sagal (born February 12, 1957) is an American actor and screenwriter who has played Elvis Presley and George Clooney in movies and on television. He is the son of film director Boris Sagal. Joey wrote the screenplay for the film Elvis & Nixon. The idea for the screenplay came about at a chance meeting with Sagal, his now ex-wife Hanala Sagal and Cary Elwes. Joey met Elvis on the set of his father's 1965 film Girl Happy, which eventually inspired him to take the role as the Elvis-like character, The Visitor for the initial 357 performances of Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile. more…

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