The King


1h 45m 2005

Brief Synopsis

Elvis Valderez is a twenty-one year old dreamer who has just been honorably discharged from the US Navy. With his duffle bag and rifle, he travels back to his hometown of Corpus Christi Texas, where he intends to seek out his father--a man he has only heard about from his Mexican mother, who has sin

Film Details

Also Known As
King
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Filmfour; Hopkins Smith Casting, Llc; Kew Media Group; Kew Media Group; Pressman Film
Distribution Company
ThinkFilm; Alta Films; Angel Films (Denmark); Cathay Film Organization; Nu-Metro; Paradiso Entertainment; Tartan Films; Thinkfilm
Location
Corpus Christi, Texas, USA; Austin, Texas, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Synopsis

Elvis Valderez is a twenty-one year old dreamer who has just been honorably discharged from the US Navy. With his duffle bag and rifle, he travels back to his hometown of Corpus Christi Texas, where he intends to seek out his father--a man he has only heard about from his Mexican mother, who has since passed away. Elvis quickly discovers that his father, David Sandow, is now the pastor of a thriving Baptist church, and has a family of his own--a beautiful wife, Twyla, and two picture-perfect children, Malerie and Paul. While seeking out his father at church, Elvis unwittingly strikes up a conversation with sixteen-year old Malerie and there's an immediate, unspoken attraction between them. Elvis then waits for his father after church and follows him and his family to their suburban neighborhood, where he approaches David in front of their Norman Rockwell style home. The encounter is brief. David wants nothing to do with Elvis, who is an uncomfortable reminder of his own wayward past and a well-kept secret from his children and his parishioners. Rejected, Elvis resolves to leave this happy family to themselves. However, Elvis can't shake the image of Malerie, his half sister, and can't stop himself from befriending her. The relationship soon develops into something romantic and natural taboos are quickly discarded. Through his courtship of Malerie, Elvis begins to slowly infiltrate the family, thus setting the stage for the unleashing of violence and a tragedy of biblical proportions.

Film Details

Also Known As
King
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Filmfour; Hopkins Smith Casting, Llc; Kew Media Group; Kew Media Group; Pressman Film
Distribution Company
ThinkFilm; Alta Films; Angel Films (Denmark); Cathay Film Organization; Nu-Metro; Paradiso Entertainment; Tartan Films; Thinkfilm
Location
Corpus Christi, Texas, USA; Austin, Texas, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2005

Released in United States 2006

Released in United States June 9, 2006

Released in United States March 2006

Released in United States May 2005

Released in United States on Video October 10, 2006

Released in United States Spring May 19, 2006

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) May 11-22, 2005.

Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 19-November 3, 2005.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 25-June 18, 2006.

Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival (Spotlight Premiere) March 10-18, 2006.

Laura Elena Harring replaced Daryl Hannah who left the production due to scheduling conflicts.

William Hurt replaced Sam Shepard, who fell out of the production after it was delayed by GothamGotham-based ContentFilm's merger with British production company Winchester Entertainment in March.

Feature directorial debut for James Marsh.

Released in United States 2005 (Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 19-November 3, 2005.)

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 25-June 18, 2006.)

Released in United States March 2006 (Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival (Spotlight Premiere) March 10-18, 2006.)

Released in United States May 2005 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) May 11-22, 2005.)

Released in United States Spring May 19, 2006

Released in United States June 9, 2006 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video October 10, 2006