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When teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a vulnerable best friend
Priscilla (2023)

Priscilla” (2023)

Release Date: October 27, 2023 (limited), November 10, 2023 (wide)
Runtime: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Genre: Drama, Biography, Romance
Director: Sofia Coppola
Writer: Sofia Coppola
Cast: Cailee Spaeny as Priscilla Presley; Jacob Elordi as Elvis Presley; Tom Hanks as Vernon Presley (Elvis’s father); Diane Kruger as Dee Dee Presley (Elvis’s stepmother); Olivia DeJonge as Ann-Margret
Music: PhoenixDistribution: Universal Pictures
Based on Priscilla Presley’s 1985 memoir Elvis and Me
Executive produced by Priscilla Presley
Filmed in Los Angeles, Memphis, and Germany

Plot: Trapped between teenage innocence and Hollywood stardom, Priscilla Beaulieu’s journey with Elvis Presley unfolds as a bittersweet dance of love, control, and disillusionment. From the fateful encounter in Germany to their whirlwind romance in Graceland, Priscilla navigates a life shrouded in Elvis’s fame, facing isolation, public scrutiny, and whispers of infidelity. Despite moments of joy and Elvis’s undeniable charm, Priscilla grapples with his volatile nature, substance abuse, and career pressures that ultimately fracture their relationship. Married and a mother to Lisa Marie, Priscilla finds herself adrift, leading a separate life in California, ultimately finding the courage to break free from the gilded cage and seek her own path. The story concludes with a poignant departure from Graceland, leaving behind a love story tinged with sadness, a testament to the complexities of life within the whirlwind of celebrity.

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(GENTLE MUSIC PLAYING)

(HARP GLISSANDOS UP AND DOWN)

(GENTLE SYNTHESIZER SCORE)

(BABY, I LOVE YOU BY THE RAMONES PLAYING)

♪ Have I ever told you

♪ How good it feels To hold you?

♪ It isn’t easy to explain

♪ And though I’m really trying

♪ I think I may start crying

♪ My heart can’t wait Another day

♪ When you kiss me I just got to

♪ Kiss me, I just got to Kiss me, I just got to say

♪ Baby, I love you

♪ Come on, baby

♪ Baby, I love you

♪ Baby, I love I love only you

♪ Oh, I’m so glad I found you

♪ I want my arms around you

♪ I love to hear you Call my name

♪ Oh, tell me that you feel

♪ Tell me that you feel

♪ Tell me that you feel The same

♪ Baby, I love

♪ I love only you

(AIRPLANE ENGINE DRONING)

(JEEP ENGINE REVVING)

(SONG FADES OUT)

(VENUS BY FRANKIE AVALON PLAYING)

♪ Oh, Venus

♪ Venus, if you will

♪ Please send a little girl For me to thrill

♪ A girl who wants My kisses and my arms

♪ A girl with All the charms of you…

WEST: Hi.

I’m Terry West. What’s your name?

Priscilla Beaulieu.

I see you come in here a lot. Is your family stationed here?

Yes.

Where are you from?

Uh, Texas.

My dad just transferred here in August.

That so?

Well, how do you like Germany?

Mmm.

I book the entertainment here. My wife plays here sometimes.

Neat.

Do you like Elvis Presley?

(CHUCKLES)

Of course. Who doesn’t?

Well, I’m a friend of his.

My wife and I go to his house when he has people over.

He’s always glad to see folks from back home.

We’re going this weekend, if you want to join.

Have to ask my parents.

Well, all right.

See you around.

♪ Venus

♪ Oh, Venus

♪ Make my wish come true

(SONG FADES OUT)

They’d pick me up and drop me off.

You wanna go with strangers to Elvis Presley’s house?

Absolutely not.

There’d be other people there too.

It’s the weekend, why can’t I go?

I’d be with Terry and his wife.

We don’t know them.

Who are these people?

No.

There’s nothing to do here.

(INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS)

Hello, Captain. I’m Terry West.

Good to meet you. This is my wife, Ann.

Hello.

Hi. I book the music here.

My wife Carol and I are friends with Elvis.

He’s having people over. Your daughter’s welcome to come.

She said I’d have to ask you.

I see.

What unit are you in?

Stationed under Sergeant Bryant, sir.

Bryant, huh?

Yes, sir.

Still tough as nails?

(CHUCKLES) Yes, sir. If you have any tips…

No, there’s no shortcuts, son.

Well, your daughter’d be well chaperoned

by my wife and myself.

The house is just off base. I could pick her up at 8:30

and have her back by any time you say, sir.

We’ll discuss it.

That one’s pretty.

It’s my Easter dress, I can’t wear this.

I hope you have fun tonight.

I’m sorry it’s been so hard on you here

but I know you’ll make some new friends soon.

I don’t want new friends.

I know.

They’ll be here soon.

(DEEP EXHALE)

(INDISTINCT CONVERSATION)

WEST: All right, let’s go.

MRS. WEST: C’mon, honey, c’mon.

Excited?

WEST: Excuse me. Here we go.

Hi, Vernon.

Hey, Terry! Come on in. Carol.

WEST: That’s Elvis’s dad.

VERNON: Come on.

(SWEET NOTHIN’S BY BRENDA LEE PLAYING)

MRS. WEST: I’ll get us some drinks.

♪ Sweet nothin’, mmm

♪ Sweet nothin’

♪ We walk along Hand in hand…

WEST: C’mon.

♪ Yeah, we both understand…♪

Hey!

Hey, man, how are you?

Good to see you. And who do we have here?

Uh, Elvis, this is Priscilla Beaulieu.

I’m gonna go find Carol.

Hey.

Uh, would you like to have a seat?

(ELVIS CLEARS THROAT)

So, what are you doing over here?

My dad’s stationed in, uh, Wiesbaden.

Where do you come from?

Austin, Texas.

Austin, hmm…

Do you like it here?

It’s okay.

(CHUCKLES)

What… What are you, about a junior

or a senior in high school?

Ninth.

Ninth…

Ninth what?

Grade.

(WHISTLE OF SURPRISE)

Ninth grade. (CHUCKLES)

Why, you’re just a baby!

Thanks.

It seems the little girl has spunk.

MAN 1: Hey, E! Hey.

I… I’ll be right back.

MAN 1: C’mon, man, let’s take it. C’mon.

MAN 2: C’mon, Elvis. Yeah, there he comes.

(ANIMATED CONVERSATIONS, LAUGHTER)

(STOOL LEGS SCRAPING ON FLOOR)

(HOOTS, LAUGHTER)

(BOOGIE PIANO PLAYING)

♪ Come on over, baby

♪ A whole lotta shakin’ Goin’ on

♪ Yes, I said Come on over, baby

♪ Baby, you can’t go wrong

♪ We ain’t fakin’

♪ A whole lotta shakin’ Goin’ on♪

(ALL WHOOPING, HOLLERING)

TEACHER: Can anyone tell me the four major food groups?

There’s meat,

dairy, fruits and vegetables.

They all make up the food pyramid.

(PHONE RINGING)

Hello?

Priscilla, it’s Terry.

Oh, hi.

Just got a call from Elvis

asking if you could come over Friday.

Really?

He wants to see me?

(CHUCKLES) You want me to ask your father?

They’re not gonna let me go again.

Let me talk to him.

Okay.

Thank you. Bye.

(HANDSET CLATTERS INTO CRADLE)

(MELLOW CONVERSATIONS)

(SONG PLAYS IN BACKGROUND)

ELVIS: Dodger, baby, what would we do without you?

I don’t know. Oh, thank you.

Priscilla, come here.

Oh, aww.

This here is, uh, this is my grandma, Dodger.

Hi.

Hello.

When I was a kid, I hit a ball straight at her and she dodged it, so ever since then she’s always… She’s been Dodger.

Yeah, you almost got yourself a whippin’!

This is my buddy, Joe, from back home.

Nice to meet you.

Always stuffing his face.

I don’t like schnitzel.

C’mon.

(QUIET MUSIC, CONVERSATIONS)

(GUESTS LAUGHING)

So, uh, so what… What…

What are the kids back home listening to these days?

Mmm… Bobby Darin.

Oh, no.

And Fabian…

And you.

(CHUCKLES)

Well, that’s good, I…

I thought they might’ve forgotten about me.

No.

(BOTH LAUGH)

What about you, you got a favorite song?

What, you gonna make me guess?

Heartbreak Hotel.

(LAUGHS)

The kids still like it, huh?

Wow.

Well…

What do you say maybe we go somewhere more quiet?

Would you come up to my room?

You don’t have to be scared, baby.

I’d never do anything to harm you. I’m just… I really like talking to you.

All right.

We just go up the stairs, it’s gonna be the first door on your right.

I’ll meet you up there, okay?

Okay.

All right.

You about ready to go?

Soon, Dee. (CHUCKLES)

(MUSIC PLAYS IN BACKGROUND)

So, what else is going on back home?

(BOTH CHUCKLE)

I don’t think things have changed that much.

Hmm.

It’s really nice to talk to someone from home.

And, uh, I know a lot of girls here and…

And none of them are from the States.

I wish my mama could’ve met you.

She, uh…

She passed on just last August.

She would’ve really liked you.

I wish I could have met her.

She’s my whole world, my mama, and, uh…

I talk to her every day.

And now Dee’s got her grips on my daddy.

He’s under her spell. She’s trying to turn him into something he’s not.

I don’t know how I’m gonna go back to Graceland without her.

That’s the… That’s the home that I bought for her.

I’m just… I just really miss her.

I’ve been so homesick.

I know. Me too.

(CRIMSON AND CLOVER BY TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS PLAYING)

♪ Now, I don’t hardly Know her…

It’s time for you to get home, little one.

♪ But I think I could love her

♪ Crimson and clover…

(SCHOOL BELL RINGING)

♪ Ah

♪ When she comes Walking over

♪ Now I’ve been waitin’ To show her

♪ Crimson and clover

♪ Over and over…

I’m not tired, I’m fine.

You can’t keep going out like this.

We thought it was gonna be one time.

If he wants to see you again, we have to meet him.

She finish all her schoolwork?

I’ll check.

You need to get some sleep.

I’m fine!

He’s gonna be gone in a few months.

Please don’t ruin my life!

Priscilla, don’t speak to us like that.

He just lost his mother and he’s still grieving.

He trusts me.

(BRAKES SQUEAL)

(ENGINE REVS, TURNS OFF)

(SIGHS)

(BIRDSONG IN DISTANCE)

(DOOR SQUEAKS OPEN)

Afternoon, sir.

How are you, son? C’mon in.

BEAULIEU: That can be tough this time of year.

ELVIS: No kidding, sir. We, uh…

We’ve had some pretty cold nights out there.

BEAULIEU: Guess you’re looking forward to getting home?

Yes, sir.

Mmmhmm.

All right. Here you go.

Well, thank you, ma’am.

Just what is the intent here, Mr. Presley?

Well, let’s face it, you’re Elvis Presley.

You got women throwing themselves at you.

Why my daughter?

Well, sir, I happen to be very fond of your daughter.

Uh, she’s much more mature than her age and I really do enjoy spending time with her.

I have to admit, you know, it hasn’t been easy for me being away from home and all.

But you don’t have to worry about her, Captain.

Look, son, you’ll need to pick her up yourself.

Yes, sir.

Have her home by 2200.

I understand.

BEAULIEU: All right.

Thank you.

You in?

Yes.

MAN 1: (ONSCREEN) Aren’t you a teeny bit afraid that your friend might use it as an excuse to begin negotiations elsewhere?

If my friend were looking for an excuse, he’d find a better one in the morning papers.

MAN 1: What do you mean?

MAN 2: I’m talking about the untimely demise of Paul Vanmere.

Look, here, Peterson, you don’t have to convince me of anything.

You don’t care what I think as long as I don’t do anything about it. And I won’t, unless you ever decide to sic that knife-happy little junkie on me.

MAN 1: Watch yourself, laddie.

MAN 3: Now, Jack, behave yourself.

Sit down.

For shame, Billy.

I think you owe an apology to everybody in this room.

You ever see On The Waterfront?

No.

Oh, you gotta see it.

There’s no one else like him.

That’s the kind of actor that I wanna be…

I’m sure you will be.

I wanna study at The Actors Studio in New York, and tell stories I can really put myself into, you know?

Like Brando and James Dean.

Well, I think you’d be great.

(CHUCKLES SOFTLY)

I don’t even know if I’ll have a music career when I get back.

What?

Sure you will.

Well, I better go, it’s getting late.

Hold on, they give us these to stay awake for night maneuvers.

You can take one in class if you need to stay awake.

Thank you.

(CAR DOOR OPENS)

Good night.

Good night.

(CAR DOOR OPENS)

(ENGINE IDLING)

(DOG BARKING IN DISTANCE)

(FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS BY THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS PLAYING)

♪ I love you

♪ For sentimental reasons

♪ I hope you do believe me…

Thank you.

♪ I’ll give you my heart

(VOCALIZING)

♪ I love you

♪ And you alone…

I just wish there was some way I could go with you.

Baby, there’s nothing we can do.

♪ …your loving heart To me…♪

I’m just afraid you’ll forget me.

I’m not gonna forget you, Cilla.

Don’t you worry.

I know it’s not gonna be easy going back to being a schoolgirl, Cilla, but you got to.

Now, I want you to try to have a good time, and write me letters every chance you get.

You get pink stationary and address them to Joe.

(PRISCILLA SIGHS)

And promise me you’ll stay the way you are now?

I will.

I want you to have this.

All right, baby, this is it.

Now, don’t worry. I’ll call you as soon as I get there.

I promise.

Now, I don’t wanna see a sad face.

(CAR BRAKES SQUEAL)

(WOMEN CLAMORING)

(CLEARS THROAT)

(WOMEN SCREAMING WITH EXCITEMENT)

Bye, baby.

Elvis!

(MELANCHOLY PIANO VERSION OF LOVE ME TENDER PLAYING)

(INDISTINCT CHATTER, LAUGHTER)

So, the Robinsons invited us over for dinner next week.

Oh, good.

(PIANO VERSION OF LOVE ME TENDER CONTINUES)

ANN: Maybe it’s time to forget about him.

Hmm?

I know it’s hard, but he’s probably with women his own age.

What about boys at school? Must be some handsome ones.

(PHONE RINGS)

Hello?

ELVIS: How’s my little one?

Elvis?

(PRISCILLA SPUTTERS)

I’m fine…

Only I… I miss you.

I thought you’d forgotten about me.

My parents said you did.

Oh, baby, things just got a little crazy being back.

Is it true about you and Nancy Sinatra?

No, she’s a friend.

I’m appearing on her father’s show.

You know, I miss you, baby. I think about you all the time.

I’ve missed you so much.

I’d like to make arrangements for you to visit me in Memphis.

What?

Oh, God, um…

I don’t think my parents will ever let me.

Well, leave that to me.

(HOW YOU SATISFY ME BY SPECTRUM PLAYING)

♪ Honey, I want you

♪ Honey, I need you

♪ Honey, you know Just what I need

♪ Come on, take me Set me free

♪ Well, honey won’t you see How you satisfy me?♪

(BRAKES SQUEAL)

(PARKING BRAKE RATCHETS)

(ENGINE TURNS OFF)

Okay.

(BIRDS CHIRPING)

Come on, honey.

(CAR DOOR SLAMS SHUT)

(INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS)

(POOL BALLS CLACKING)

Come on in, honey.

(DODGER LAUGHS WARMLY)

Here, let me take your things.

Thank you.

Well, you made it!

Yeah.

Did you have a good trip?

Yes.

I bet you would like a lemonade.

(DODGER LAUGHS)

And the boys are just right down there.

Ooh!

MAN: That’s a good shot.

(ALL CHEERING)

ELVIS: I see her. There she is!

Let me get a good look at you.

Hi. Come on. Mmmmmm.

Where you been all my life? Let me see you.

Let me see you. You look beautiful.

(INHALES) Oh, you look beautiful.

Thank you.

You gotta meet the guys.

This is Hog Ears. You know Joe. And then the rest of ’em.

Nice to see you again.

Hi.

Jerry. A pleasure.

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

OFive, this here is, uh, this here is Priscilla.

Hello.

Pleased to meet you, honey. I’m Alberta.

Nice to meet you. I’ve heard so much about you.

And we heard plenty about you. (CHUCKLES)

Boys, help yourselves. Dig in, dig in.

Leave some for Priscilla.

Hi. You hungry?

It’s beautiful here. No.

You like it?

(ALL EXCLAIMING)

I keep trying to tell him to take me shopping.

MAN 1: And he won’t take you shopping?

Well…

MAN 2: No, I take her, I just… I just stand there.

You tired?

A little bit.

Hmm.

Why don’t you go head upstairs? I’ll meet you.

It’s just, uh, it’s just the first door on your left.

(SOFT 1960S ROCK MUSIC PLAYS QUIETLY)

(POOL BALLS CLACKING)

(MAN LAUGHS IN DISTANCE)

JOE: Oh, what up? What up? MAN: Oh, this is serious.

Hey, boss, this is Evelyn.

Evelyn? Who’s Evelyn?

EVELYN: Nice to meet you.

(JOE AND ELVIS LAUGH)

Wow, she’s young, huh?

She’s like a little girl. (CHUCKLING)

(MUSIC AND CHATTER CONTINUES)

(CLOCK TICKS QUIETLY)

(MUSIC THUMPS SLIGHTLY)

(SUITCASE HINGES CREAK)

(FABRIC RUSTLES)

(DOOR OPENS)

ELVIS: Don’t let me sleep no later than 3:00 tomorrow.

MAN: You got it, boss.

(DOOR CLOSES)

ELVIS: Where are you, baby?

I’m here. I’ll be just a few minutes.

All right. Don’t take too long.

I wanna see my girl.

(GENTLE INHALE, EXHALE)

(DOOR SQUEAKS)

You don’t know how much I missed you.

I haven’t been able to get you out of my head since Germany.

You’re the one thing that kept me going.

Wait, hold on, baby, things can get out of hand.

What? Is there something wrong?

Just…

Just not yet.

There’ll be a right time.

(PILL BOTTLE CAP POPS)

(PILLS RATTLE)

Here, you can take one of these.

It’ll help you sleep after your trip.

(LID SNAPS ON)

(BOTTLE TAPS ON TABLE)

(EXHALES DEEPLY)

Come here.

(ELVIS SIGHS)

DODGER: Priscilla?

Priscilla?

Priscilla, hon.

It’s Grandma.

What did you give this young’un?

You’ve got no business givin’ her something that she’s not used to.

You know how long she’s been like this?

You need to call the doctor.

ELVIS: I dunno, she’s wakin’ up.

I’ll get her some water.

PRISCILLA: Mmm…

Where am I?

Hi, baby.

Baby, we’ve been trying to wake you up.

I just went to bed.

No, baby, you’ve been out for two days.

On a goddamn 500 milligram Placidyl. I… I…

I must have been out of my head givin’ it to you that way.

Mmm, mmm…

Mmm, two days?

Well, that’s two days off my trip.

It’s fine, you don’t have to worry about it.

We got plenty of time.

So, how’d you like to go to Vegas?

Vegas?

(UPBEAT ROCK AND ROLL SCORE)

(CAR HORNS HONKING)

(FLASH BULB POPS)

(PEOPLE CLAMORING)

(EXCITED CONVERSATIONS)

(SLOT MACHINES DINGING)

(CLICKING)

(ALL CHEERING)

(ROULETTE BALL CLACKING)

(GLASSES CLINK)

(LIQUID SLOSHING)

(CARDS RIFFLING)

Twentyone!

(ALL CHEERING)

I’m sorry, baby, that’s 22. That’s 22. That’s a bust.

(LAUGHTER)

Oh.

Cilla, baby.

(ELVIS, ENTOURAGE LAUGHING)

(CHEERING)

Whoo!

PRISCILLA: Oh!

(ALL LAUGHING)

(WHEEL CLACKING)

MAN: Good for you, young lady.

WOMAN: Whoo!

(TENDER SCORE)

(KISSES)

(MUTED FLASH BULBS POPPING)

ELVIS: Baby, I hate to say it, but our time is up.

(SNIFFLES) No, I’m not going back.

I’ll call my parents and tell them

that I missed the flight.

You really think they’re gonna believe that?

Then I’ll tell them the truth.

That I love you and I’m not going back.

Baby, that’s just gonna make it worse for next time.

I gotta go do another film, so, if you go back and you do well in school maybe your parents will let you come back.

Yes, but when?

We’ll sort it out. Come here.

(CRYING SOFTLY)

(AIRPLANE APPROACHING)

(FEMALE PA ANNOUNCER SPEAKING GERMAN)

What?

(INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS)

(SUITCASE HANDLES RATTLE)

(DOOR SLAMMING SHUT)

(CAR DOOR SLAMS SHUT, ENGINE STARTS)

(GIRLS WHISPERING)

(SCHOOL BELL RINGS)

(FEMALE TEACHER SPEAKS FRENCH SLOWLY)

ANN: Why you?

Why can’t he find someone his own age?

You’re only 17.

He’s not like you imagine.

And he needs me, Mom!

I won’t get hurt.

Please, just talk to Dad.

I only have a few more credits left to graduate.

Please.

(SIGHS)

(KISSES) All right.

(SNIFFLES)

Now help me with these.

ELVIS: Sir,

I promise to enroll her in a good Catholic school and I’ll make sure she graduates.

She’ll live with my father and Dee and have a chaperone at all times.

Mmmhmm.

And my grandmother and my cousin Patsy are here, too.

She’ll be looked after as part of the family here.

I love your daughter and I can assure you that my intentions are honorable, sir.

Well, I appreciate the call, son.

Byebye.

(HANDSET CLATTERS INTO CRADLE)

BEAULIEU: (MUFFLED) She’s gotta forget about him.

ANN: And what if she doesn’t? Then she’ll never forgive us.

BEAULIEU: She’s gotta finish school.

ANN: I know…

But what are we gonna do?

She said if we don’t let her go,

she’s going to find a way to get there on her own.

BEAULIEU: She’s not gonna get there on her own.

(TRANQUIL SCORE)

VERNON: Welcome.

(BIRDS CHIRPING)

Oh, Priscilla.

VERNON: Sorry Elvis’s shoot’s delayed. He’ll be back soon.

I’ll take her for school registration just as soon as she’s settled.

This girl will be well looked after.

Thank you.

Please don’t worry.

I’ll be fine.

(SCORE FADES OUT)

(BIRDS CHIRPING OUTSIDE)

(KEY CLINKS)

Okay, so we’ll pick that up on Friday?

Oh, hi, Priscilla.

Hello.

I’m Patsy, this is Becky.

Hi.

We run the office here.

It’s nice to meet you. I’ve heard so much about you.

Us too.

Elvis left a gift for you on the back patio.

Oh, okay.

You give us a holler if you need anything.

Okay, thank you. Bye.

(BIRDS CHIRPING)

Hello! (GASPS)

Who are you? Hi.

Hey, little one!

Happy dog.

(KISSES)

ELVIS: (ON PHONE) How’s my girl?

I just can’t believe I’m really here.

Yeah, I only have a little longer on this shoot

and then I’ll be home.

Is everyone taking good care of you?

Yes. Everyone’s been really nice.

All right, that’s good.

MAN: Elvis, they’re ready for you!

All right, baby, I gotta get back to set.

Okay. I miss you.

Good night, baby.

Bye.

(LINE DISCONNECTS)

(HANDSET CLATTERS INTO CRADLE)

(VEHICLE APPROACHING)

(ENGINE TURNS OFF)

Good luck, have a good day.

Thank you.

Now, you won’t be able to invite anyone over.

Strangers aren’t allowed in Graceland.

(BELL TOLLING IN DISTANCE)

Okay.

(ENGINE TURNS OVER)

GIRL 1: That’s Priscilla, the girl Elvis is seeing.

NUN: And how does friendship influence who we are

and what we become?

Your reports are due Friday.

GIRL 2: …with Elvis Presley.

Remember to cite examples from the text…

If we make friends with her maybe we can meet him.

And you will be graded on penmanship as well as spelling and grammar.

(EXCITED CHATTER, GIGGLING)

(GENTLE SCORE)

(FANS CONTINUE CHATTERING, GIGGLING)

(KISSES)

(GENTLE GASP)

(AFFECTIONATE MURMURS)

Oh, honey,

you can’t be out here making a public display of yourself.

Oh, I didn’t think it…

Well, you had better start thinking.

Come on.

(SCORE FADES OUT)

(MOANS SOFTLY)

(HARP GLISSANDOS)

ANNOUNCER: How elegant!

The most elegant cake of all: chiffon.

Now dramatically different.

New and deluxe vanilla cream chiffon with an exotic new taste!

It’s vanilla, cream and a French flavor secret.

Tantalizing.

ELVIS: (ON PHONE) I said to the director today,

“Why’d we come all the way to Los Angeles to film the Smoky Mountains?

“Hell, you may know more about movie makin’, but I know a thing or two about the Smoky Mountains.

“And I’ll tell you what, they ain’t got no coconut trees on ’em!”

You there, baby?

Mmmhmm, I’m here.

How’re you doin’?

I’m great.

It’s all been really wonderful.

That’s what I like to hear.

Baby, do you have everything you need?

How you doin’ on cash?

It’s funny you should ask.

Your daddy’s pretty strict.

(ELVIS LAUGHS QUIETLY)

Yeah, that’s my daddy. He’s always been tight.

That’s why I have him taking care of the bills.

I don’t trust anybody else.

Don’t worry about it, I’ll talk to him.

There’s a boutique that said I could work there part-time.

I thought I could work there a few days a week after school.

Well, you’ll have to forget about that.

I thought it could be fun.

Well, it’s either me or a career, baby.

When I call you, I need you to be there for me.

Mmmhmm.

Just a few more days and we’ll be home.

Okay.

I love you. Bye.

Bye, baby.

(HANDSET CLATTERS INTO CRADLE)

(GATE UNLOCKING)

(CAR HORN HONKING)

(FANS YELLING EXCITEDLY)

Memphis, we’re back, baby!

It’s good to be home! Where’s my Cilla?

Hello.

Hello. Hello.

(ANIMATED CONVERSATIONS)

Dodger, you waited for me too. Bless your little heart.

I did. Welcome home, baby.

Good to see you, baby. OFive, what’s for dinner?

(BAND MUSIC PLAYS)

Cilla, come here.

How’s school?

Oh, it’s okay.

I don’t really talk to anybody there.

Hmm.

Grandma and Patsy have been nice.

I missed you.

I’ve been trying to find things to do with my…

You gotta keep up with your schoolwork

otherwise your father won’t let you stay.

I know, but…

You sure do look pretty.

C’mon, let’s have something to eat.

OFive, I sure did miss you, baby!

Let me see you. (KISSES)

Hand me a plate.

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

MAN: I’ll tell you, that Ursula was always around.

Oh, goddamn man, she was a big woman.

(MAN LAUGHS)

She was.

Was she pretty?

She had a body like a man.

No hips, shoulders broader than mine.

Goddamn, I was scared to take my shirt off next to her.

(LAUGHTER)

MAN: But, E, she only had eyes for you.

ELVIS: No way, man, not with that John Derek

just lurking around with them beady eyes.

(LAUGHTER)

MAN 2: Probably snores like a man.

ELVIS: God, I tell you, man, I can’t stand that guy.

MAN 3: What’s that guy, 5’7″?

ELVIS: God, five-nothing.

Five foot-nothing.

(LAUGHTER)

(CHATTER CONTINUES)

Why are you taking those now? You’ll fall asleep.

It’ll take a while for ’em to take effect.

How’s my girl?

I’m just so happy you’re back.

Baby, don’t… Don’t… Don’t… Don’t get carried away.

You gotta let me decide when we take this moment.

It’s just this is very sacred to me.

What about Anita?

You mean you didn’t make love to her

the whole time you were together?

That was different. I mean, she was older.

That’s just… That’s just the way that I feel.

What about how I feel?

That’s asking a lot of someone.

It doesn’t mean we can’t do other things.

Hop in. I wanna take you shopping.

(362436 BY THE SHADOWS PLAYING)

(PRISCILLA CHUCKLES)

Come on. Come on.

(ENGINE TURNS OVER)

(BOTH CHUCKLE)

(APPRECIATIVE WHISTLE)

Well, would you look at that, huh?

(ENTOURAGE CHUCKLES)

MAN: Yeah!

I think these clothes are too sophisticated for me.

Honey, what’s sophisticated? You could go around in a feather

and it’ll be sophisticated.

(ENTOURAGE CHUCKLING)

Yeah, that’s right.

(SCOFFS)

MAN 2: Yeah, how many we got?

(INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS)

ELVIS: Oh…

MAN 3: Wow!

MAN 4: Ohhoho.

We have a winner right there!

MAN 3: Absolutely.

I like you in blue, yeah. Blue’s your color.

(PRISCILLA CHUCKLES)

(PRISCILLA AND ELVIS LAUGH)

Oh. I like that.

ELVIS: Prints take away from your looks.

MAN 5: Oh, it’s like a forest.

I like this one.

No, solids suit you better.

And I hate brown. It reminds me of the army.

All right, the car’s outside. You got his in there too, right?

Hmm… Black hair and more eye makeup

will make your eyes stand out more.

Mmmhmm.

MAN 6: It’s 4:00, boys.

We gotta go, barbecue’s waiting.

ELVIS: Come on.

MAN 7: Come on, boys.

(RHYTHMIC SYNTHESIZER SCORE)

(WATER BURBLING)

(AEROSOL CAN HISSING)

(INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS)

(LAUGHTER)

(ANIMATED CONVERSATIONS, EXCITED SCREAMS)

(CRACKLING, EXPLOSIONS)

MAN: Go, go, go!

(LAUGHTER)

(PRISCILLA EXCLAIMS, LAUGHS)

(FIREWORKS WHISTLING)

(ALARM CLOCK RINGS)

(SCORE FADES OUT)

Mmm…

(PILL BOTTLE POPPING OPEN)

(QUIET CONVERSATIONS)

(GIRL WHISPERING) I can’t believe she dyed her hair!

Did she dye it just for him?

Probably.

Hello.

ELVIS: What time is it?

Almost 4:00.

I brought breakfast for you.

(SNIFFLES)

I got this for you.

(FOREVER BY THE LITTLE DIPPERS PLAYING)

Thank you!

(ELVIS LAUGHS)

Right there?

Okay.

All right.

Very nice.

(PRISCILLA, ELVIS LAUGH)

MAN: A natural.

All right, baby.

♪ Hold me, kiss me

♪ Whisper sweetly

♪ That you love me

♪ Forever

♪ Aahaahaahooh…

(ALARM CLOCK BUZZES, STOPS)

(SONG VOCALIZING CONTINUES)

(HEARTY LAUGHTER)

♪ Forever…

(CHATTER, LAUGHTER)

(SONG VOCALIZING)

MAN: All right, baby.

♪ Hold me, kiss me

MAN: I did it. WOMAN: Oh.

MAN: Yeah, Joe got a girl. I got a gun in my mouth.

♪ Whisper sweetly…

(LAUGHTER)

(ALL HOOTING AND LAUGHING)

♪ That you love me…

MAN 2: Whoo!

♪ Forever

(SONG ENDS)

(CART RATTLES)

PRISCILLA: Hello.

Now, what is that dress?

Uh, that doesn’t suit you, baby.

It doesn’t?

No, it does nothin’ for you.

Takes away from your eyes and from your face.

Oh, man, it does nothing for your figure. All you see is a goddamn dress.

You finished?

Satnin, you’re a small girl.

You gotta keep away from the prints, baby!

Okay, I’ll return the fucking dress!

(DOOR SLAMS)

(LAUGHING)

SISTER ADRIAN: Priscilla, final exams are coming up.

You will need to keep your grades up

in order to graduate with your class.

Yes, Sister Adrian.

Dad, I’m doing great. You don’t have to…

BEAULIEU: Y ou still doing well in school?

Yes, of course I’m doing well in school.

Uhhuh. Do you know we want you to graduate?

Yes, I will graduate. Don’t worry.

Your mother and I miss you very much.

I miss you too.

Well, you stay in touch.

Mmmhmm, I will.

Well, we love you.

Talk to you soon.

Yeah.

Bye.

(HANDSET CLATTERS INTO CRADLE)

(GENTLE SIGH)

(60S ROCK MUSIC PLAYING)

(CHATTER AND LAUGHTER)

(MUFFLED CHATTER CONTINUES)

(ALARM CLOCK BUZZES)

(SLURPING)

TEACHER: Pass that across.

SISTER ADRIAN: You have 20 minutes

to complete your answers.

Are you an Elvis fan?

How would you like to come to one of his parties?

(YOU BABY BY THE RONETTES PLAYING)

♪ You know I’ve been Wanting you

(ENTOURAGE CHEERING)

♪ My whole life through

♪ And now that you’re my guy

That’s for me?

Yes, ma’am.

♪ …only you Baby, baby…

What do you think? You like it?

I love it! I can’t believe you did this.

(PRISCILLA, ELVIS LAUGH)

All right, it’s time to go. Cilla’s graduating.

Can I ask you something?

E, I was wondering if…

Maybe you could wait outside the ceremony.

I’m afraid you being there might take away the attention

from the graduates.

Yeah, uh…

I guess I hadn’t thought of it like that.

I… I won’t come in.

I’ll wait for you outside in the car.

That way it’ll kinda be like I’m there.

Thank you.

♪ Now you’re really mine…

All right, let’s go, baby.

(QUIET CONVERSATIONS)

SISTER ADRIAN: Oh! Thank you!

The Lord is with you and your hips.

(LAUGHTER)

(ALL EXCLAIMING, CHEERING)

I love you, too. Let me see it.

Let me see it. Let me see.

Aw.

Hey!

(ALL LAUGHING)

Throw it in the air.

(PRISCILLA CLEARS THROAT)

(ALL CHEERING)

No calls unless it’s from my daddy or an emergency from the Colonel.

(TV PLAYING SOFTLY)

(HANDSET CLATTERS INTO CRADLE)

(SIGHS)

MAN: (ON TV) Mr. McMahon, you look wonderful.

(AUDIENCE LAUGHING)

I’m okay. How ’bout that?

(AUDIENCE LAUGHS LOUDLY)

(TV CONTINUES PLAYING)

(WADE IN THE WATER BY THE SOUL STIRRERS PLAYING)

(MUFFLED SONG PLAYING)

♪ I’m free at last But Jesus is…♪

(TV CONTINUES PLAYING)

(NEW SONG PLAYS)

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC ON TV)

(MUFFLED SONG PLAYS)

(AUDIENCE LAUGHING ON TV)

MAN: (ON TV) You go to the same hairdresser.

(LAUGHTER ON TV)

(SLEEP WALK BY SANTO AND JOHNNY PLAYING)

(SHUTTER CLICKS)

(SHUTTER CLICKS)

(SHUTTER CLICKS)

(SHUTTER CLICKING)

(BOTH LAUGHING)

No! No!

Yeah, gimme that.

No. No.

I wanna eat ’em. I’m gonna eat ’em.

(LAUGHING)

No. No.

Please. Please…

(PRISCILLA GIGGLES)

(LAUGHING)

(ELVIS LAUGHS)

(PRISCILLA GIGGLES)

Stop. Stop.

Not so rough! You’re not a goddamn man!

Oh, God!

You can’t play without winning!

I don’t wanna play

with a goddamn man.

(DOOR SLAMS)

Baby, I’m sorry.

Are you okay? Open the door.

Open the door.

That was a real accident, baby.

You know I’d never hurt you in any real way.

(SOFTLY) Maybe the pills are too much.

I have my doctors looking after me,

I don’t need an amateur opinion.

(GUN FIRING)

MAN: Oh.

Ah, you missed one, John Wayne.

Joe, don’t go tucking that revolver in your waistband now.

See, I wouldn’t want you to go off…

Halfcocked.

(ALL LAUGHING)

JOE: I’m just cutting it down to size, you know?

What’s that old house still doing back there?

Uncle Travis’s old place? Yeah, it’s storage now.

Well, it looks goddamn awful.

(BULLDOZER ENGINE STARTS)

MAN: You’re crazy.

(ALL CHEERING)

(ALL CHATTERING)

(ALL CHEERING)

MAN: At least we got firewood.

(LAUGHTER)

Hold on, hold on, hold on, baby. Come on.

Get it boy. Get it boy. Get it boy.

Come on!

MAN: Let’s get outta here.

All right. So, back to Hollywood.

Mmmmmm.

I won’t be too long.

What is it, baby?

MAN 2: Hey, you drivin’?

Yeah, man, of course. Get on the damn bus.

I’m just gonna miss you.

I know, little one, but just, uh…

Just give me a few weeks to get into this movie, and then

I dunno, maybe you can come out for a while.

I need you to keep the home fires warm.

Now, you be a good girl?

And I’ll call you when I get there, okay?

Okay.

MAN 3: C’mon, E, let’s go!

All right, viva Las Vegas. Let’s roll it!

(MAN WHOOPS)

WOMAN: Leave now.

(BUS ENGINE STARTS)

(AIR BRAKES HISS)

WOMAN: Aw.

Oh, you’ve gotta see the things we get.

What?

Open it.

Oh, gosh.

(BOTH LAUGHING)

VERNON: All right, that’s enough gabbing!

Priscilla, I’m afraid I’m gonna have to ask you to leave

so they can get their work done.

Yes, sir.

(HINGES SQUEAK)

(GOIN’ PLACES BY THE ORLONS PLAYING)

♪ Yeah

♪ Goin’ places My baby

♪ Goin’ places You got it

♪ Goin’ places

♪ Moneymaker Recordbreaker

♪ We’ll have good times While my baby is mine and I’m

♪ Goin’ places We’re gonna

♪ Dress me in laces

♪ In all my favorite places

(SONG ENDS)

(PHONE RINGS)

Hello?

ELVIS: Hi, baby.

Hi, how’s it going there? Can’t wait to see you.

Uh, now’s not the time to come out.

There’s a… There’s a problem on set.

What kind of problem?

It’s just that all hell’s broke loose.

I’ve got some crazed director madly in love with Ann.

The way he’s directing it, you’d think it was her movie.

She’s got all the closeups and now they want her to sing

some of the songs with me.

I tell you, Colonel about blew a fuse.

How are you and AnnMargret getting along?

Oh, she’s fine, I guess.

She’s a typical Hollywood starlet.

You know, careers come first and their man second.

That’s not for me.

You know, there’s a lot of rumors about you two.

Is there anything to it?

Hell, no, you know how reporters are.

Just blowing everything out of proportion.

I wanna come out.

No, no, not… Not now.

I’ll let you know when it’s a good time.

Well, you know the Colonel doesn’t think it’s good

for my fans to know about you.

Hell, I’ll be done before you know it.

So, you just keep your little ass there

and keep the home fires burning.

The flame’s burning low.

Someone better get home to start the fire.

(ELVIS LAUGHS)

Well, you’re starting to sound like me.

All right, baby, I gotta go.

Bye.

(HANDSET CLATTERS INTO CRADLE)

(TENDER SCORE)

(AIRPLANE ENGINES WHIRRING)

(KNOCKING)

Hey, E.

ELVIS: Well, look who just walked in.

(INDISTINCT CHATTER, LAUGHTER)

Hello.

Hello.

(ELVIS CLEARS THROAT)

I can’t believe she did this!

Every goddamn paper in town’s picked it up!

Honey, I’m gonna have to ask you to leave.

There’s gonna be press all over the place.

Colonel thinks it’s best that you go back to Memphis.

Just until it all calms down.

What’s going on?

Why doesn’t she go back to Sweden where she belongs?

Goddamn, I didn’t know things were gonna get out of hand.

I need a woman who understands things like this might happen.

Are you gonna be her or not?

(BIRDS CHIRPING)

(WIND CHIMES TINKLING)

I’ll leave tomorrow.

I’ll be waiting in Memphis.

(FANS CLAMORING)

(BUS HORN HONKING)

It’s over, Cilla. I… I swear to you, it’s over.

I got caught up in a situation that was out of hand from the beginning.

I don’t like being exploited like that.

You know I can’t live like that.

She’s a nice girl but she’s not for me.

Let’s just forget it.

You’re my girl, baby.

You’re the only girl I ever loved.

The only girl I wanna be with.

(HONEY BEE BY FONTELLA BASS PLAYING)

♪ Honey bee What is wrong with you?

♪ Honey bee What is wrong with you?

♪ Well, you don’t treat me, baby Nothin’ like you used to do

♪ I remember, baby Not long ago

♪ You used to walk me home From the movie show

♪ Now you acting funny And I don’t know

♪ But you don’t even Want to kiss me

♪ At my door no more Honey bee!

♪ What is wrong with you?

♪ Well, you don’t treat me, baby Nothin’ like you used to do…

(MAN LAUGHING)

Don’t! Don’t! Don’t, please.

No, no, no!

(ELVIS CHUCKLES)

No.

♪ Well, you don’t treat me, baby Nothin’ like you used to do♪

(SONG FADES OUT)

Well, you can tell him that’s not gonna work.

I can’t make it on time.

I don’t wanna be there in the first place, man.

Daddy, I’m gonna have to call you back.

Now, don’t go imagining things.

Like AnnMargret?

“Scoobie”?

That’s it, woman.

Don’t wanna hear another word.

There something you’re hiding?

I don’t have a goddamn thing to hide!

You’re just being too goddamn aggressive and demanding!

I think you should go see your parents for a little while.

What? Well, I’m not going!

I think you should! Matter of fact, I’ll help you!

Start packing!

Joe!

JOE: Yeah, what’s up?

Joe, get Cilla on the next flight outta here!

She’s gonna go see her parents for a little while!

Get her a ticket outta here!

Hurry up!

(GASPING, SOBBING)

(CLATTERING)

(DOOR SLAMS SHUT)

(SNIFFLES)

(CRYING)

(ELVIS PANTING)

Hey…

Now do you understand?

All right, baby. Come on.

Come on, come on. Come here. Come here.

Don’t you see, baby? That’s better.

You need someone who’s gonna take you

right up to that point.

Here.

(SNIFFLING, SOBBING)

(SOMBER 60SSTYLE SCORE)

(SCORE FADES OUT)

Daddy, I’m lonesome and depressed.

And the Colonel’s meddling in my music behind my back, telling me how to record, in the way that RCA wants it to sound.

I don’t wanna record up front.

I wanna do it the way that I always done it, with the band.

I feel like nobody understands.

When I was a girl back in Tennessee,

I set so many boys’ hearts on fire

that they took to callin’…

“Double Trouble.”

“Live a Little, Love a Little.”

(LAUGHTER ON TV)

“Tickle Me.” These scripts are all fucking awful!

And the Colonel just wants me to keep doing these dumb musicals.

When’s he gonna send me a goddamn decent script?

Why don’t you ask for something more serious?

(LOUD CHEWING)

It doesn’t work like that.

He’s gotta send me something better.

♪ Nobody called me up to send Big bad baby’s back in town…

These songs are all garbage, each one’s worse than the next!

Well, these aren’t finished yet, E.

♪ Setting them up…

Play another one.

Hmm.

(SONG ENDS ABRUPTLY)

(MOTOWN BALLAD PLAYS)

Listen to that.

MAN 1: I like it. I like it.

MAN 2: It’s got potential.

Turn it off!

When are they gonna send me a goddamn decent song?

Cilla, what do you think?

I don’t know if I like it.

What do you mean you don’t know if you like it?

I don’t know, there’s just…

Something about it, a catchiness that it’s missing.

MAN 3: Watch out!

(CLATTERING)

I’m sorry, baby.

Are you okay? I’m sorry, baby. I got my mama’s temper.

Yeah, I’m okay.

Are you okay?

Uhhuh.

Look, I’ll stay.

(ELVIS SIGHS, SNIFFLES)

ELVIS: “For you were called to freedom, brothers.

“Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh,

“but through love, serve one another.

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word:

“You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

Elvis, do you think the woman at the well was a virgin?

Well, honey, that’s something you’re gonna have to

come to a conclusion for yourself.

Uh…

I personally believe that Jesus was attracted to the woman

but that is, uh, that is just my opinion.

Why do you think they were brought together?

Well, you could look at it different ways, and…

Well, what do you think, Elvis?

I like your perfume.

Honey, what is… What’s that called?

Chanel No. 5.

(WHISTLES APPRECIATIVELY)

(WOMEN LAUGH)

Excuse me.

“And if you bite and devour each other

“watch out that you are not consumed by each other.

“So, I say, walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

(SLAMS DOOR)

“For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit. Amen.”

WOMAN: Amen.

(WOMEN GIGGLE)

MAN: Man’s place in the universe is like a drop of water in the ocean.

Elvis, look at me.

You are not just a drop of water in the ocean, you are the entire ocean.

Cilla, this here is Larry. He did my hair on the last shoot.

Hi.

He knows more about the spiritual realm than all the preachers and the priests put together.

Well, I don’t know about that but I am here to ask questions.

Alongside my friend here.

Well, I’ll leave you to it.

I’m going to start packing to go home.

(ETHEREAL EASTERNINSPIRED SCORE)

Larry said it’ll help us go deeper.

Oh, my God.

Your shirt is breathing.

(SCORE FADES OUT)

ELVIS: “And his host of evil spirits consumed with him.

“Man, tired of vain wrangling and contending for power

“longs for those quiet groves

“where olden sages communed with their familiars.”

(CLOCK TICKING FAINTLY)

Ah, there’s just so much to learn. Uh…

I need to find more.

Cilla, why…

Why me? What am I supposed to do with all this influence?

I don’t know.

But you touch so many people.

Baby, you gotta read Cheiro’s Book of Numbers.

I mean, there’s no one else like him.

(ELVIS CLEARS THROAT)

No, baby, we have to control our desires

otherwise they’ll control us.

Cilla, this is never gonna work

if you don’t share my interests and philosophies.

I mean, there are a lot of women out there

that would wanna share in this with me.

Come on, sit up, so you can really pay attention.

“Like a mine, its purest gold may not be found on the surface

“its richest veins may only reward those

“who have the patience to toll for years

“whose lamp of faith, no matter how dim at times,

“keeps steadily burning until somehow or somewhere…”

I can’t stand it!

It’s driving me crazy!

I don’t wanna hear it anymore!

(PRISCILLA SIGHS)

I see a madwoman.

No.

A woman with needs who needs to be desired.

You can have your books and me too.

(READS QUIETLY)

VERNON: Colonel’s on the phone!

ELVIS: Uh, yes, sir.

Well, I understand. I agree.

It is. It’s a distraction.

I’m done with the books.

Yes, sir.

(NOBODY KNOWS BY PASTOR T.L. BARRETT & TYC CHOIR)

♪ Nobody knows

(WOMAN VOCALIZING)

♪ Our sorrow

♪ Glory

♪ Glory

(WOMAN VOCALIZING)

♪ Glory, hallelujah

♪ Glory…

(SONG FADES OUT)

Cilla, come sit down.

Close your eyes.

Close my eyes?

Close your eyes.

All right, open ’em.

(UPBEAT MARIMBA SCORE)

We’re gonna be married.

I told you I’d know when the time was right.

Really?

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

It’s beautiful!

(BOTH LAUGH)

(RIPPLING WATERS BY SPEEDY WEST PLAYING)

(CAMERA SHUTTERS CLICKING)

(ALL CHEERING)

BEAULIEU: Congratulations.

Congratulations.

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

(PRISCILLA LAUGHS)

(PRISCILLA, ELVIS LAUGHING)

(PRISCILLA GIGGLES)

My wife.

(SONG FADES OUT)

Elvis, we gonna

put on one of yours or something good?

Boy, I swear to God, I’ll shoot you in the foot.

I’m not…

G7. G7, you gotta pick it.

G7. What’s a “beatle”?

You’re a goddamn beetle, I tell you, crawling around.

You little freak.

I wanna play J8. You’re a Patsy Cline guy, no?

Don’t tell me to play goddamn Beatles in my house.

We’re in America, I swear to God.

(WOMAN GASPS)

MAN: Fantastic.

Thank you.

(HAWAIIAN MUSIC PLAYING)

(LAUGHING)

WOMAN: All right!

(ALL CHEERING)

(KISSES)

(MUSIC FADES OUT)

(GENTLE SIGH)

Not enough zippers.

(MAN LAUGHS)

We can get more…

You could put a parachute around the back.

(DOOR CLOSES)

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

How’d it go?

Well?

(LAUGHS)

I… I… I’m gonna… I’m gonna… I’m gonna be a daddy?

Mmmhmm.

Get Vernon on the phone, you tell him he’s gonna be

a greyheaded granddaddy.

(EXCITED CHEERING)

Sir, can you make a little tiny one now?

(ENTOURAGE LAUGHS)

Oh, what is it, Satnin?

What happened to that twinkle in your eyes?

I’m scared.

Whatever you wanna do, I’ll back you up.

I want a baby. It’s just so soon.

What about our trip to Europe and all of our plans together?

It’s all right. We’ll go another time.

Come here.

Okay.

We’re having a little one.

(BOTH LAUGH)

(BIRDS CHIRPING)

(GENTLE SCORE)

ELVIS: Cilla!

Yes?

Cilla, come here.

(FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING)

Yes?

Cilla, I’ve been thinking…

You know, I have to have time to think and…

Things just haven’t been right, you know, and I…

I think it’d be best for the two of us

if we took a little time apart.

What are you talking about?

What did I do?

Oh, baby, you don’t see…

Well, you didn’t do anything. It’s not you. It’s just that…

I’ve been going through some things and I just…

I just think it’d be best if we took a little break.

You’ve got it.

Just tell me when to leave.

Oh, wait, baby!

I don’t mean it, Cilla. Don’t leave.

MAN 1: Go, go! MAN 2: Come on, come on!

MAN 3: Oh, my God! MAN 4: Yeah!

(LAUGHING, CHEERING)

(GENTLE ACOUSTIC GUITAR SCORE)

PRISCILLA: Elvis?

Elvis?

Hey, wake up. Wake up. Wake up.

Huh?

Baby’s coming.

Oh.

Are you sure?

Yes.

Oh…

Oh…

Daddy, it’s time. You need to send a car up, okay?

(PHONE BELL DINGS)

ELVIS: Oh.

(CLATTERING)

Joe! Jerry!

Who put this fuckin’ table there?

Jerry! Jerry, it’s time to send the car up!

Cilla’s having the baby!

JERRY: We’re on it! We’re going!

ELVIS: Where’s my daddy?

(MAN REPLIES INDISTINCTLY)

(ANIMATED CONVERSATIONS OUTSIDE)

DODGER: Do you want to call the Colonel?

(CHATTER CONTINUES INDISTINCTLY)

(HEAVY MUFFLED FOOTSTEPS)

(BRAKES SQUEAL)

(CAR DOOR SLAMS)

JOE: You okay, sweetheart?

PRISCILLA: Mmmhmm. ELVIS: I’ll get her.

JOE: Yeah.

PRISCILLA: Oh.

(MUSIC BOX VERSION OF LOVE ME TENDER AS SCORE)

We got ourselves a baby girl, Satnin.

We sure do.

(BABY HICCUPS)

Oh. Oh.

(PRISCILLA LAUGHS)

(FANS CLAMORING)

Give us space, guys, give us space.

(GENTLE SCORE CONTINUES)

(BABY FUSSES)

(SHUSHING)

(BABY VOCALIZES HAPPILY)

Elvis, it’s been so long…

I know, I just don’t wanna hurt you, baby.

Well, I’m okay.

Let’s just wait a little.

(ANIMATED LAUGHING, TALKING)

Hi, sweetie.

She’s ready for her nap.

Okay.

Sweet dreams.

Satnin, I don’t know.

I feel a little silly in this outfit.

What do you think?

You look really good.

(GUITAR MAN BY ELVIS PRESLEY PLAYING)

(LOUD CHEERING)

Whoohoo!

♪ If you ever take a trip Down to the ocean

♪ Find yourself down Around Mobile

♪ Make it on out To a club called Jack’s

♪ If you got A little time to kill

(PHONE RINGING)

Gonna be bigger than Sinatra.

Evening, you got Joe.

It’s Pat from the network. He can’t believe the numbers.

He’s losing his mind.

♪ …swingin’ little guitar man

We got ourselves a hit, E.

(EXCITED LAUGHTER, CHEERING)

Hey, cheers!

ALL: Hey!

♪ Well, I nearly ’bout starved To death down in Memphis

♪ I run outta money and luck

♪ So I bought me a ride Down to Macon, Georgia

♪ On an overloaded Poultry truck

♪ I thumbed on down To Panama City

♪ Started pickin’ out Some o’ them all night bars

♪ Hopin’ I could Make myself a dollar

♪ Makin’ music on my guitar

♪ I got the same old story At them all night piers

♪ There ain’t no room Around here

♪ For a guitar man

♪ So I slept in the hobo jungle

♪ I roamed A thousand miles of track

♪ Till I found myself In Mobile, Alabama

♪ At a club they call Big Jack’s

♪ A little fourpiece band Was jammin’

♪ So I took my guitar And I sat in

♪ I showed ’em What a band would sound like

♪ With a swingin’ Little guitar man

♪ Show ’em, son

(ENTOURAGE LAUGHS)

Put my shit on the bus.

(SONG ENDS)

Hi.

(PRISCILLA CHUCKLES)

Mmm.

Bye, sweetie.

You be a good girl, all right?

When should we come meet you?

Honey, a tour’s no place for a mother and a young’un.

But I’ll be home soon as I can.

We’ll miss you.

All right, let’s roll it!

Get on the damn bus. Gonna say bye?

Say bye. Byebye.

(GENTLE SCORE)

(FANS CLAMORING)

(SCORE FADES OUT)

(DOG BARKING IN DISTANCE)

Okay, honey, let’s go. Come on, you.

No, no.

Oh, come on, Lisa.

Come take a picture with Daddy.

No, no.

Come on.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Just over here.

It’s okay.

Wanna sit on Daddy’s lap?

ELVIS: Hi, Momma.

Hi, Daddy.

C’mere, little one.

PHOTOGRAPHER: All right, you ready?

C’mere. Come here.

So, you’re a good girl, huh?

PHOTOGRAPHER: One, two, three.

Daddy.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Look up, sweetie.

(FLASH POPS, RECHARGES)

(ELVIS, PRISCILLA LAUGH)

Nice.

(ELVIS LAUGHS)

You did good. Get along, you. Go.

PHOTOGRAPHER: That’s all right, yeah.

You did great! Do you wanna get a snack?

LISA MARIE: Yeah! PHOTOGRAPHER: Priscilla?

(FLASH POPPING, RECHARGING)

(ELVIS SIGHS)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Okay.

Thank you, man.

One, two, three.

(FLASH POPS, RECHARGES)

Got that one.

And one, two, three.

(FLASH POPS, RECHARGES)

Okay, I think we got it.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Lovely.

(BIRDS CHIRPING)

(DOG BARKING IN DISTANCE)

Can you bring me down?

Slow.

PRISCILLA: Yeah? LISA MARIE: Yes.

Wanna get down?

Yes, please.

Wow!

(LISA MARIE LAUGHS)

Should we meet you in Palm Springs?

I think me and the guys are gonna go for a few days,

just to wind down.

Really?

I need you to lighten up.

I think I’m gonna stay with Lisa in L.A.

for a little while.

Whatever you want, baby.

(OYE COMO VA BY SANTANA PLAYING)

(WATER SPLASHING)

INSTRUCTOR: Heian Yondan.

Heian Yondan.

One.

Two.

Three.

Four.

Five.

Six.

Seven, eight.

Up a bit higher. Up here, all right?

A good strong angle for your arm, okay?

Good boy.

(LISA MARIE LAUGHS)

What was it? The third ka … What was it called?

Heian Yondan.

Heian Yondan.

The fourth kata.

The fourth kata.

Fourth. Close.

And I, um…

I guess I’m getting a little too good and I punched him straight in the nose.

My memory’s a little blurry because, um…

You might’ve shaken something a bit loose, but… No.

I’m sorry.

It’s fine. It’s fine.

(HORNS HONKING)

(MUFFLED TRAFFIC BUSTLING)

(POLICE SIREN IN DISTANCE)

(SNIFFLES)

(CROWD CHEERING)

(ROCK & ROLL VERSION OF THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA PLAYING)

(SONG BECOMES DISCORDANT)

(SONG FADES OUT)

(LISA MARIE LAUGHS OUTSIDE)

(LOUD SPLASH OUTSIDE)

(DOG BARKING IN DISTANCE)

LISA MARIE: Mommy!

(ANIMATED CONVERSATION)

It broke.

I can’t believe it.

Excuse me, Mrs. Presley.

Elvis asked that you meet him in the suite.

Okay, thank you.

He never goes to his room between shows.

Um, I’m gonna go see what’s up and I’ll meet you guys after.

Okay.

Okay, see you then.

And then what happened?

Everything smashed.

(KEY RATTLES IN LOCK, UNLOCKS DOOR)

(DOOR OPENS)

(PURSE DROPS ON TABLE)

Hello?

(DOOR HINGES CREAK)

(DOOR CLOSES)

(KEYS DROP ON TABLE)

Hey.

Hey, is everything okay?

Cilla.

(KISSING)

(ELVIS MOANS QUIETLY)

Shh. I wanna show you how a real man makes love to his woman.

Oh! What are you doing? Oh!

Please, stop! Just stop!

Stop.

(FOOTSTEPS RECEDING)

(DOOR OPENS)

(DOOR CLOSES)

(AMBIENT SOUND FADES OUT)

(TRAFFIC, HORNS IN DISTANCE)

(EXHALES)

(EXHALES)

I’m leaving.

What do you mean, “leaving”?

I’m leaving our marriage.

Are you out of your mind?

You have everything a woman could want.

You don’t mean that, Satnin. You can’t.

You mean I’ve been so blind I didn’t see this coming?

We’re living separate lives.

Have I lost you to another man?

You’re losing me to a life of my own.

(INHALES DEEPLY) I have to go.

If I stay, I’ll never leave.

(FOOTSTEPS RECEDING)

Maybe another place, another time.

(DOOR OPENS)

(SOBS QUIETLY)

(DOOR CLOSES)

(SOBS QUIETLY)

(SIGHS)

(SHARP INHALE)

(SIGHS)

(DISTANT TRAFFIC BUSTLING)

(BIRDS CHIRPING)

(CLOCK TICKING)

(I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU BY DOLLY PARTON PLAYING)

Kiss Lisa for me.

Bless you.

♪ If I should stay

♪ I would only be in your way

♪ So I’ll go

♪ But I know

♪ I’ll think of you

♪ Each step of the way

♪ And I will always love you

♪ I will always love you

♪ Bittersweet memories

♪ That’s all I am taking with me

♪ And I will always love you

♪ I will always love you

♪ I will always love you♪

(SONG FADES OUT)

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