Heartbreak Hotel (film)

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Heartbreak Hotel
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Chris Columbus
Produced by Debra Hill
Lynda Obst
Written by Chris Columbus
Starring David Keith
Tuesday Weld
Charlie Schlatter
Music by Georges Delerue
Cinematography Steve Dobson
Edited by Raja Gosnell
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
September 30, 1988
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13 million
Box office $5,509,417 (USA)

Heartbreak Hotel is a 1988 American comedy film written and directed by Chris Columbus and starring David Keith and Tuesday Weld. Set in 1972, the story deals with one of the many "legends" involving Elvis Presley (Keith) about his fictional kidnapping, and his subsequent redemption from decadence.

The film was shot on location in Austin, Texas at Green Pastures the former residence of John Henry Faulk.


The story opens on a single mother and her two children, a teenage son and nine-year-old daughter, who run a boarding house. The mother is hurt in a car accident after her drunkard boyfriend crashed, so the son kidnaps her favorite singer, Elvis Presley, for her birthday, getting the owner of a local pizzeria who looks eerily like Elvis' mother to pose as his mother's ghost as a distraction. Elvis awakens, after being drugged by the boy, in the boarding house. Elvis and the boy don't get along at first. The boy has no respect for the 70's Elvis saying that he sold out to Vegas. Through the course of the movie, however, the boy and Elvis get to know each other and develop a friendship. Elvis even plays "Heartbreak Hotel" with the boy's band at a talent show.



The movie received mixed reviews.[1][2][3] It currently holds a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 13 reviews.[4]

Box office[edit]

The movie was not successful.[5]


Most of the songs contained in the movie are actual Elvis Presley recordings despite the film being fictional, with David Keith and Charlie Schlatter performing the title track in the style of the 1968 television special recording.


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (1988-09-30). "Movie Review - Heartbreak Hotel - Review/Film; Winning Elvis's Heart (And the Rest of Him) - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  2. ^ "'Heartbreak Hotel' (PG-13)". Washingtonpost.com. 1988-10-01. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Heartbreak Hotel - Reviews". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  4. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/heartbreak_hotel/
  5. ^ "Box Office Champs, Chumps : The hero of the bottom line was the 46-year-old 'Bambi' - Page 2 - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1989-01-08. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 

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