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The King (2006) Movie Information

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Gael García Bernal
Derek Alvarado
Paul Dano
Laura Harring
William Hurt
Pell James





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Elvis (Gael Garcia Bernal), recently released from the Navy, seeks out the father he has never known. His father, David Sandow (William Hurt), is now a hellfire preacher in the bible belt of America and is married with two children and at first wants little to do with his long lost son. Elvis begins an illicit affair with Sandow's 16-year-old daughter and begins to slowly worm his way into the pastor's family structure. -- gideon43

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dukeakasmudge 09/10/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A great movie spoiled by a lousy ending

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Overlooked gem that looks like a film from another, better time. when Robert De Niro and Cissy Spacek would have filled the central roles. Not that the acting here demands any replacements as it's superb all down the line. Things sags a bit in the middle, but the unpredictable Elvis (Gael Garcia Bernal) ensures attention remains focused right through to a denouement you never really see coming

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05/24/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The devil made me do it.

If you are currently on suicide watch or suffering from a serious bout of depression, I would strongly advise you not to watch this film, feel good movie is definitely not the way I would describe it.
This shouldn't put you off though, this is an impeccably acted film which deals with the everyday subjects of incest, redemption,family and religion.
The king is unsettling and at times difficult to watch, it is also potent and shocking.
Bernal is mesmerising as the lonely drifter and continues to prove his versatility as his star-meter continues to grow. He is ably backed up by Hurt who subtly convinces the audience of his obsessive faith.
A troubling movie that wallows in its own degradation and challenges the very fabric of life itself, how far can forgiveness stretch and do we all pa...

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