On December 21st, 1970, two of America's greatest recording artists met for the first time.
The stranger-than-fiction meeting in December 1970 of pop icon Elvis Presley and US President Richard Nixon is the basis of the engagingly offbeat comedy drama Elvis & Nixon.
Set over two days, the movie dawdles in its early stages as it establishes why gun-loving, pill-popping patriot Elvis is so keen to meet Nixon – he’s conceived the cockamamie scheme of becoming an anti-subversive undercover rock ‘n’ roller and wants a badge that will designate him an FBI agent at large.
But when we get to the meeting itself, the result is comedy gold, with Michael Shannon’s Elvis busting karate moves in the Oval Office, gobbling the president’s M&Ms and upending protocol at every turn. For his part, Kevin Spacey’s Nixon finds unexpected affinity with his guest, bonding over their shared hardscrabble upbringings and dislike of The Beatles. Famously, the photograph of the pair’s meeting is the most requested image from the US National Archives.
Certificate 15. Runtime 82 mins. Director Liza Johnson
Elvis & Nixon is available on DVD & Digital Download from Entertainment One.