The film opens with a single mother and her two children, and a teenage son and nine-year-old daughter, running a boarding house. The mother is hurt in a car accident, after her drunkard boyfriend crashed, and he kidnaps her favorite singer, Elvis Presley, for her birthday, getting the owner of a local pizzeria who looks eerily like Elvis’ mother to pose as his mother’s ghost as a distraction.
Elvis awakens, after being drugged by the boy, in the boarding house. He and the boy do not get along at first. The boy disrespects for the 70’s Elvis saying that he sold out to Vegas. However, the boy and Elvis get to know each other, and they became friends. Elvis even plays “Heartbreak Hotel” with the boy’s band at a talent show.
Heartbreak Hotel is a 1988 American comedy film written and directed by Chris Columbus, and stars David Keith and Tuesday Weld. Set in 1972, the story deals with one of the many “legends” involving Elvis Presley (Keith) about his fictional kidnapping, and his subsequent redemption from decadence. The film was shot on location in Austin, Texas at Green Pastures the former residence of John Henry Faulk.
Heartbreak Hotel (1988)
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Starring: David Keith, Tuesday Weld, Charlie Schlatter, Angela Goethals, Jacque Lynn Colton, Chris Mulkey, Karen Landry, Dana Barron, Blue Deckert
Screenplay by: Chris Columbus
Production Design by: John Muto
Cinematography by: Steve Dobson
Film Editing by: Raja Gosnell
Costume Design by: M. Nord Haggerty
Set Decoration by: Anne Kuljian
Art Direction by: Dan Webster
Music by: Georges Delerue
Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures
Release Date: September 30, 1988