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A young man exacts a thorough revenge against the father who abandoned him in this independent drama. Elvis (Gael García Bernal) is a young man in his early twenties who, after finishing a hitch in the Navy, learns that his biological father was Pastor David Sandow (William Hurt), a man of the cloth who has never taken responsibility for siring a child out of wedlock. Elvis travels to Corpus Christi, TX, to confront Sandow about his past; the pastor asks Elvis to let him break the news to his wife and children himself, and assures the young man he wants to stay in contact with him. Elvis, however, prefers to handle matters in his own way. First Elvis sets his sights on Malerie (Pell James), the pastor's teenage daughter, and after winning her trust, takes the girl's virginity. Malerie soon discovers she's pregnant, and after her older brother Paul (Paul Dano) sees Elvis slipping out of the house following a liason with the girl, he confronts the seducer and is stabbed and killed. Elvis manages to cover his tracks cleanly enough that no one is certain Paul is dead. Next, Elvis goes to great lengths to ingratiate himself with Sandow, and despite the objections of his wife (Laura Harring), the pastor eventually invites the man who killed his son and violated his daughter to live under the same roof with his family. The King was the first dramatic feature from director James Marsh, who previously distinguished himself in documentaries. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 19, 2006


Gael García Bernal
as Elvis Sandow
William Hurt
as Pastor David Sandow
Paul Dano
as Paul Sandow
Pell James
as Malerie Sandow
Laura Elena Harring
as Twyla Sandow


James Marsh
James Wilson
Milo Addica
Milo Addica
James Marsh
Eigil Bryld
Budd Carr
Musical Direction/Supervision
Max Lichtenstein
Composer (Music Score)
Jinx Godfrey
Sharon Lomofsky
Production Designer
Maureen A. Ryan
Associate Producer
Sofia Sondervan
Executive Producer
John Schmidt
Executive Producer
Edward R. Pressman
Executive Producer
Sally Nicolaou
Set Decorator
Lee Hunsaker
Costume Designer
Mack Melson
Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Paul
Sound/Sound Designer