Review: "200 Cadillacs"
Nigel Patterson - January 8, 2004
brainchild of Rex Fowler, 200 Cadillacs takes the viewer on
a journey into the stories behind Elvis' love of giving Cadillacs
to friends and complete strangers. This is an important release
about Elvis as it opens up a known but little publicised part
of Elvis' personality.
on interviews with Elvis' close friends, people who received
Cadillacs from The King and Cadillac salesmen, the documentary
is riveting viewing thanks to its intriguing subject matter,
tight editing and a wonderful music soundtrack.
people interviewed include Jerry Schilling and Larry Geller, Linda
Thompson, Myrna Smith (from the Sweet Inspirations), Sonny West
and Marian Cocke (Elvis' nurse). The documentary features more than
200 photos of Elvis, many of them previously unpublished, and there
are some great shots to look at. There are many wonderful stories
in 200 Cadillacs.
from its titular focus, the documentary goes beyond just the giving
of Cadillacs to Elvis the humanitarian and Elvis the emotionally
concerned friend. The stories include Elvis' response to the death
of a friend's brother, an incident involving Myrna Smith, Elvis
and a $30,000 Diamond Ring, and drama concerning the first TCB Necklace.
While the basic theme of 200 Cadillacs is concerned with Elvis's
charitable endeavours, the documentary hints at a subliminal, more
profound theme - Elvis Presley as a concrete example of Christian
morality (a person generous, kind of spirit, benevolent and devoted
to his kingdom).
of 200 Cadillacs is its strong, rock and roll, sometimes bluesy
soundtrack. The music complements the narrative to a tee, and will
have many fans rushing out to buy the companion soundtrack album.
A fitting blend of lyrical sentiment, rock & roll musicality and
strategic placement combine to give the story added impact. Some
of the standout tracks are the poignant 'Shine A Little Light On
Elvis', the title track and 'Running With The King'.
of the songs were composed and performed by Rex Fowler. Verdict:
200 Cadillacs is an important documentary shedding much needed light
on an often overlooked part of the Elvis Presley story. With a persuasive
narrative, fine editing and an in your face soundtrack, it is highly
recommended for both the casual fan and serious student of The King.
200 Cadillacs ranks as one of the best Elvis documentaries ever
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