This 1988 feature film, directed by Chris Columbus, is about Johnny Wolfe, a teen who kidnaps Elvis (played by David Keith) to cheer up his troubled, alcoholic mother (Tuesday Weld) on her birthday.
Elvis takes up residence in the family's den and improves their lives. In return, Johnny lectures Elvis on returning to his musical roots, instead of his Vegas lounge act. The film was made with the permission of Elvis' estate.
From the beginning HEARTBREAK HOTEL wants us to know that the story it is going to tell us has nothing whatsoever to do with the real life of Elvis Presley. In fact it proclaims; "In the kingdom of rock and roll There are many legends, But only one King. This is a fable about him. The time is 1972." The story that unfolds takes place in the small town of Taylor, Ohio, a depressed and depressing … more