Fun in Acapulco
|Fun in Acapulco|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Richard Thorpe|
|Produced by||Hal B. Wallis|
|Written by||Allan Weiss|
|Music by||Joseph J. Lilley|
|Cinematography||Daniel L. Fapp|
|Edited by||Stanley E. Johnson|
Hal Wallis Productions
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||97 minutes|
|Box office||$3,100,000 (US/ Canada)|
Fun in Acapulco is a 1963 American musical comedy film starring Elvis Presley and Ursula Andress. While exterior filming was undertaken involving every other member of the crew at various places in Acapulco, Mexico, Elvis's own shots had to be taken at the Paramount studios in Hollywood, in March 1963, as he had been declared "persona non grata" by the Mexican authorities following a series of incidents which took place at the trendy "Las Americas" movie theatre in the Mexican capital during the openings of at least two of its earlier films, most notably "King Creole" ( an entire chapter in a book by noted Mexican counter-culture writer Parménides García Saldaña entitled "Rey Criollo", and finally published in 1970, deals on this subject which took place in 1959) and "G.I.Blues", which opened under the title "Cafe Europa", in the summer of 1962. A double was hired to dovetail his long shot scenes with the rest of the crew while location filming was taken place. The movie featured the Top 10 Billboard hit "Bossa Nova Baby" and reached #1 on the national weekly box office charts a week after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. The film would be Presley's last release before the arrival of Beatlemania and was the top grossing movie musical of 1963.
Mike Windgren works on a boat in Acapulco, Mexico. When Janie Harkins, the bratty daughter of the boat owner, gets him fired, Mike must find new work. A Mexican boy named Raoul helps him get a job as a lifeguard and singer at a local hotel. Clashes abound when Mike runs into a rival lifeguard, who is the champion diver of Mexico. He is angry at Mike for taking some of his hours, and for stealing his woman.
However, after Mike sees the lifeguard perform a number of dangerous dives, including flips and head-first dives into a section of the pool surrounded by a ring of fire, he decides to get even with him and eventually sets himself up to perform a death-defying dive off the 136-foot cliffs of La Quebrada in front of thousands of people. Mike dives off the cliff, and successfully lands in the water, earning the lifeguard's respect.
As the crowd and the lifeguard applaud, Mike performs one more song and leaves with Margarita and Raoul.
- Elvis Presley as Mike Windgren
- Ursula Andress as Margarita Dauphin
- Elsa Cárdenas as Dolores Gomez
- Paul Lukas as Maximilian Dauphin
- Larry Domasin as Raoul Almeido
- Alejandro Rey as Moreno
- Robert Garricart as Jose Garcia
- Teri Hope as Janie Harkins
- Genaro Gomez as Bullfighter (uncredited)
- Red West as Poolside Guest (uncredited)
Teri Garr was an uncredited extra.
- "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
2. See writer's biography in Wikipedia's Spanish language page.
- Fun in Acapulco at the Internet Movie Database
- Fun in Acapulco at the TCM Movie Database
- Fun in Acapulco at AllMovie
- Review by Kevin Laforest at Apollo Movie Guide
- Review of the collection "Lights! Camera! Elvis! Collection (King Creole, Blue Hawaii, G.I. Blues, Fun in Acapulco, Roustabout, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Paradise, Hawaiian Style, Easy Come, Easy Go) by Paul Mavis at DVD Talk, August 6, 2007
- Review by Mark Zimmer at digitallyOBSESSED!, January 22, 2003