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Film / Viva Las Vegas!

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Bright light city gonna set my soul
Gonna set my soul on fire
Got a whole lot of money that's ready to burn,
So get those stakes up higher
There's a thousand pretty women waitin' out there
And they're all livin' devil may care
And I'm just the devil with love to spare
Viva Las Vegas, viva Las Vegas!

Viva Las Vegas! is Elvis Presley's 15th feature film, his highest grossing and considered by many to be one of his best.


Race car driver Lucky Jackson wants to enter his car in the Las Vegas Grand Prix. But he has a few problems: 1. He needs to buy an engine. 2. He loses his money in a swimming pool. How did he lose the money? By trying to impress the swimming instructor Rusty Martin, played by none other than Ann-Margret. While the a romance eventually blossoms between the two, that doesn't stop problem no. 4: Rusty is worried he'll be killed in a racing accident and tries to stop him from entering the race. Things get even more complicated when a suave rival racer (Cesare Danova) tries to win Rusty's affections.

Directed by George Sidney with a script by Sally Benson, this 1964 film is famous for the onscreen (and offscreen) chemistry between Presley and Ann-Margret and for the title track, which became the unofficial anthem of the city.


Viva Trope Vegas!:

  • Call-and-Response Song: In "The Lady Loves Me", Lucky sings about how he believes Rusty's in love with him. However, Rusty comes up with every insult as a response.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Lucky becomes jealous when Rusty flirts with Mancini.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Lucky gets distracted by Rusty's beauty to the point that he loses his money.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Pretty much the plot of the film.
  • Hope Spot: Lucky raises the money needed to enter the Grand Prix. Unfortunately, he loses it when Rusty pushes him into the swimming pool.
  • Male Gaze: Rusty's first scene features an extreme close-up of her rear end as she walks away from the camera.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Ann-Margret in almost every scene she appears in.
  • Pretty in Mink: Rusty starts off her number, "Appreciation" wearing a white mink coat.
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  • She's Got Legs: Lucky initially meets Rusty by noticing her legs while his car is being repaired.
  • The Oner: The scene where Elvis sings 'Viva Las Vegas' is performed in a single, unedited shot. It's the only known example in his career.

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