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At the annual International Elvis Week in Las Vegas, five Elvis impersonators swagger into town packing more heat than guitars, sideburns and hunks of burning love in their jumpsuits. Ex-cons Hanson (Christian Slater), Gus (David Arquette) and Franklin (Bokeem Woodbine), lead by Murphy (Kevin Costner) and Michael (Kurt Russell), plan to enter a casino incognito and leave with over $3 million in cash. Guns, greed and girls get in the way, with Murphy turning on his own posse and leaving Michael to deal with the money, a lovesick shyster, Cybil (Courtney Cox), and her precocious son Jesse (David Kaye).

Review by Shannon J. Harvey:
Elvis would turn in his grave at this big, bloody, artless, gratuitous, pointless action movie. 3000 Miles to Graceland is 3000 miles from half a good movie. Even the opening credits give it away; two computer-animated, seemingly robotic scorpions do battle under a blazing sun. What's this got to do with anything?

Look closer and you see that certain stars come and go in the film as if they had better things to do. Christian Slater, David Arquette, Kevin Pollack and Bokeem Woodbine don't last much longer than the first 25 minutes, while Howie Long and Ice-T enter and leave during the last 25
minutes. When each are out of the picture, the film lacks for their charisma, and Costner, Russell and Cox struggle without them. It also makes the film look like something they made between their busy schedules. The phenomena is becoming more prevalent lately; check out American Pie 2. Sophomoric director Demian Lichtenstein made his name with music videos, and here his flashy style shows (like robotic CG scorpions...). he makes this an R-rated cartoon action movie without a hint of cool understatement or a witty sense of humour. Style rules over substance and over-the-top gunplay is pumped out in sickening doses.

A "featurette" called "On the set of "Graceland" is one of the worst I have ever seen on DVD. It's actually just a ten-minute observational visit on location in Las Vegas without narration, direction, cohesion or any sense of purpose. The filmmakers have simply stuck a guy with a digital camera on the set, and we just watch and learn nothing as the actors run scenes. The attached 1-minute trailers for Three Kings and Reindeer Games contain more style than this 121-minute exercise in wanton carnage. If Costner had any hope of career redemption after his dynamic, unpretentious turn in 13 Days, he's dashed it all to hell now. You'll be all shook up, howlin' a hound-dog and thinking, "return to sender". Thank'ya very much.

Published December 20, 2001

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STARS: Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell, Christian Slater, Courtney Cox, Kevin
Pollack, David Arquette, Howie Long, Ice-T, Bokeem Woodbine

DIRECTOR: Demian Lichtenstein

RUNNING TIME: 121 minutes

DVD Distributor: Roadshow Entertainment
DVD Release: November 7, 2001

On the set of "Graceland",Theatrical trailer, Other movie trailers, Cast and crew biographies,
Widescreen 2.35:1 transfer, 16:9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 5.1

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