The New Gladiators (film)

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The New Gladiators
The New Gladiators Poster.jpg
Elvis Presley's The New Gladiators poster.
Directed by Bob Hammer
Produced by Don Warrener
Written by Elvis Presley, Ed Parker
Starring Emil Farkas, Darnel Garcia, Roy Kurban, Ron Marchini and Benny Urquidez
Narrated by Chuck Sullivan
Music by David Crosby, Graham Nash
Cinematography Allen Daviau, John Hora
Edited by Isaac Florentine, Don Warrener
Distributed by Rising Sun Productions
Release dates
2002
Running time
94 min.
Country United States
Language English

The New Gladiators is a documentary movie by Elvis Presley and Ed Parker centered on the fights of the United States Karate team in London, England and Brussels, Belgium.[1] Narrated by Chuck Sullivan, it was filmed between 1973 and 1974 but finally remastered and later released in 2002. The movie was financed by American singer and actor Elvis Presley, who began to practice karate during his duty years in the United States Army.

The making of the film[edit]

In 1974, George Waite presented the idea of the film to Ed Parker, Presley's karate instructor. In the film, Presley was playing the main role, introducing Karate arts divided in narration and demonstrations. Parker presented the idea to Presley, who subsequently liked the idea.[2] There was a meeting organized at Graceland, but no major details were arranged due the fact that Presley had to leave for travel to Las Vegas to perform on a show. The next morning Presley called Waite and sent his private plane to fly Waite and his wife to Vegas to complete the meeting. During the show, Presley extended a $50,000 check for beginning the production of the film. In 1977, after Presley's death, the movie was stored in a garage in West Hollywood inside the bed of a truck, along with other memorabilia objects. In 2001, the footage was found, restored, and later released on August 17, 2002. On August 16, 2009, Elvis Presley Enterprises released a new version of the film with extra footage of Presley in Karate training sessions.[3]

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