The Identical | Chicago Reader

The Identical

What if Elvis Presley's twin brother hadn't died at birth, but instead got adopted in infancy by an evangelical preacher, grew up to be a mechanic, and harbored a desire to perform his brother's songs? That's the premise of this would-be inspirational rock musical, which feels like one of the biopic parodies from Mr. Show (e.g., "Why Me? The Bob Lamonta Story") played completely straight. The Elvis stand-in is named "Drexel Hemsley," most of the songs that are supposed to have been written in the 60s sound like contemporary soft rock, and Ray Liotta, as the preacher, delivers a sermon about the Six-Day War that comes out of nowhere. With Ashley Judd and Seth Green; Dustin Marcellino directed a script by Howard Klausner.

Credits

Director:

  • Dustin Marcellino

Cast:

  • Blake Rayne
  • Ashley Judd
  • Ray Liotta
  • Erin Cottrell
  • Brian Geraghty
  • Amanda Crew
  • Joe Pantoliano
  • Seth Green
  • Danny Woodburn

Producers:

  • Howard Klausner
  • Joe McDougall
  • Clio Tegel
  • Mark Mathis
  • Yochanan Marcellino
  • Matthew Russell
  • Coke Sams
  • Clarke Gallivan
  • Michael Johnson
  • Ray Liotta

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