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3000 MILES TO GRACELAND

SYNOPSIS:
When Michael (Kurt Russell) hooks up with his old pal Murphy (Kevin Costner) after a stint in jail, itís in a one-horse town in Nevada. Michael has caught the eye of Cybil (Courtney Cox) with a young son, Jesse (David Kaye). Murphy has brought along his associates Hanson (Christian Slater) and Gus (David Arquette) - and five Elvis suits. They head to the big Elvis convention in Las Vegas Ė but performing is the last thing on their minds. They hold up the casino and make off with $3.2 million in cash. But when the deal goes sour, Michael finds himself on the road with Cybil and Jesse Ė and the psychotic Murphy not far behind.

"3000 Miles to Graceland is a strange little crime movie. It starts out as a kind of quirky pop culture film referencing the Elvis impersonator phenomenon, takes a nasty turn, segues into a road movie with a romantic element thrown in, and tries to make something of itís odd couple scenario involving Michael and Jesse, before finally turning into a straight out shoot-Ďem-up actioner. Along the way, thereís a colourful assortment of oddballs who add some spice to the mix. All this however canít overcome an overlong and tired script, director Demian Lichtensteinís efforts to keep things moving at a clip notwithstanding. Several scenes seem to have been included simply for effect, because they add nothing to the story. After a while, these become simply distractions, cluttering an already complicated state of affairs. It isnít helped by a series of plot contrivances that stretch credibility, and an ending that induces yawns. Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner are both showing their age. While theyíre effective in bringing touches of decency and psychosis (respectively), itís difficult to accept some other aspects of their characters. Why does the much younger Cybil fall for Michael after meeting him once under less than ideal circumstances (they even try to make excuses to explain this)? Why does the apparently brutal and ruthless Murphy let Cybil live after getting his hands on the money? In the end, I gave up caring. Thatís not to say the performances are lacking, just that the actors have to work very hard to maintain integrity. Courtney Cox at least displays some spunk as Cybil, young David Kaye is effective as Jesse and thereís brief appearances from the likes of Kevin Pollack, Ice-T (almost unrecognisable) and even Paul Anka! In the end, 3000 Miles to Graceland is a classic case of a movie unravelling; a potentially good idea brought undone by its own convolutions.Ē
David Edwards

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3000 MILES TO GRACELAND (R)
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CAST: Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, Courteney Cox, Christian Slater, Kevin Pollak, David Arquette
DIRECTOR: Demian Lichtenstein
PRODUCER: Andrew Stevens, Richard Spero, Elie Samaha, Demian Lichtenstein, Eric Manes
SCRIPT: Demian Lichtenstein, Richard Recco
CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Franco
EDITOR: Michael J. Duthie, Miklos Wright
MUSIC: George S. Clinton
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Robert de Vico
RUNNING TIME: 125 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 24, 2001







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