The King

USA | 2017 | 107 minutes | Eugene Jarecki

Opens July 6, 2018

With his singular cinematic brilliance, Eugene Jarecki paints a penetrating portrait of a nation in crisis and a metaphoric connection between Elvis and America. For just as a country boy lost his authenticity and became a king, so too his country lost her democracy and became an empire. 

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, Jarecki's new film takes the King's 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey, including Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers, and Dan Rather, among many others.

  • Director: Eugene Jarecki
  • Principal Cast: Alec Baldwin, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Mike Myers
  • Country: USA, Germany
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 107 minutes
  • Producer: Christopher Frierson, Georgina Hill, Eugene Jarecki, David Kuhn
  • Screenplay: Eugene Jarecki
  • Cinematographers: Tom Bergmann, Christopher Frierson, Etienne Saurett
  • Music: Antony Genn, Robert Miller, Martin Slattery