3000 Miles to Graceland: Alan Markfield
EW Staff
February 13, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

3000 Miles to Graceland

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
02/23/01
performer
Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Ice-T, Howie Long, Jon Lovitz, Christian Slater, Bokeem Woodbine
director
Demian Lichtenstein
Producers
Franchise Pictures, Warner Bros.
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Demian Lichtenstein, Richard Recco
genre
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it an C

Two years after Lichtenstein’s low budget 1997 debut, ”Lowball,” went nowhere, then business partner Lynn Oddo picked ”Graceland” from his trove of more than 20 unproduced screenplays and told the native New Yorker, This one will make you a star — if you go Hollywood. ”And I said, ‘I cannot tell a lie. I want to be a blockbuster director,”’ says the filmmaker, who within a year had moved west, befriended Costner, and started shooting this tale of Elvis impersonating bandits who pull a casino heist.

Russell, who did Elvis in a 1979 TV biopic, plays an ex con. A more interesting drama may have played out after shooting ended: Costner has said that he and Russell disagreed about the editing, with Costner supporting the director. One producer confirms the stars had separate visions but insists they collaborated on the edit with Lichtenstein. Regardless, the director is pleased. ”It’s a cross between ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Ocean’s 11’ with a little ‘True Romance’ for flavor,” he says. ”It’s a total ride.”

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