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Elvis Meets Nixon

Elvis Meets Nixon movie poster
Directed by Allan Arkush
Produced by Alan Rosen; Robert O'Connor (executive producer); Vicky Herman, Peter Pastorelli (line producers)
Written by Alan Rosen
Starring Rick Peters
Bob Gunton
Alyson Court
Denny Doherty
Jackie Burroughs
Curtis Armstrong
Gabriel Hogan
Robbi Jay Thuet
Cinematography Michael Storey
Editing by Neil Mandelberg
Country United States
Language English

Elvis Meets Nixon is a 1997 film purporting to tell the true story of Elvis Presley meeting then President Richard Nixon on December 21, 1970.


Nixon and Presley actually meet on December 21, 1970 as shown by these photos. However the meeting was kept secret until Jan. 27, 1972, when the Washington Post broke the story.[1]

Copies of this photo are requested from the National Archives more than any other image.

Elvis Presley, bored with his confined existence in Graceland, leaves his home on his own for the first time since he was 21. He winds up in California and is convinced by an antiwar activist that he is responsible for the drug culture through his influence on The Beatles. This convinces Elvis to write a letter to President Nixon asking to be made a "Federal Agent at Large" for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. No such position actually exists, but Nixon, wanting desperately to win over the youth of America, which he views as hating him, decides to meet with Elvis in an attempt to improve his image with the "kids".


  1. ^ Lucas, Dean (2007). "Famous Pictures Magazine - Elvis meets Nixon". Famous Pictures Magazine. Retrieved 2007-07-15.  

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