Directed by Richard Thorpe 
Produced by Hal B. Wallis 
Written by Allan Weiss 
Music by Joseph J. Lilley 
Cinematography Daniel L. Fapp 
Editing by Stanley E. Johnson 
Studio Hal Wallis Productions 
Distributed by Paramount Pictures 
Release date November 27, 1963
Running time 97 minutes 
Country United States 
Language English 
Box office $3,100,000 (US)


Mike Windgren works on a boat in Acapulco, Mexico. When Janie Harkins, the bratty daughter of the boat owner, gets him fired, Mike must find new work. A Mexican boy named Raoul helps him get a job as a lifeguard and singer at a local hotel. Clashes abound when Mike runs into a rival lifeguard, who is the champion diver of Mexico. He is angry at Mike for taking some of his hours, and for stealing his woman. However, after Mike sees the lifeguard perform a number dangerous dives including flips and head-first dives into a section of the pool surrounded by a ring of fire, he decides to get even with him and eventually sets himself up to perform a death-defying dive off the 136-foot cliffs of La Quebrada in front of thousands of people. Mike dives of the cliff, and successfully lands in the water, earning the lifeguard's respect. As the crowd and the lifeguard applaud, Mike performs one more song and leaves with Margarita and Raoul.


Elvis Presley as Mike Windgren
Ursula Andress as Margarita Dauphin
Elsa Cárdenas as Dolores Gomez
Paul Lukas as Maximilian Dauphin
Larry Domasin as Raoul Almeido
Alejandro Rey as Moreno
Robert Garricart as Jose Garcia
Teri Hope as Janie Harkins
Genaro Gomez as Bullfighter
Red West as Poolside Guest


Fun In Acapulco
Written by Sid Wayne & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley

Vino, Dinero Y Amor
Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed by Elvis Presley & The Four Amigos

I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here
Written by Don Robertson & Hal Blair
Performed by Elvis Presley & The Four Amigos

Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed by Elvis Presley & Larry Domasin

El Toro
Written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum & Florence Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley

Written by Don Robertson
Performed by Elvis Presley

The Bullfighter Was A Lady
Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed by Elvis Presley

(There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car
Written by Fred Wise & Dick Manning
Performed by Elvis Presley

Bossa Nova Baby
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley

You Can't Say No In Acapulco
Written by Dorothy Fuller & Lee Morris
Performed by Elvis Presley

Written by Pepe Guízar
Performed by Elvis Presley

Fun in Acapulco is a 1963 American musical comedy film starring Elvis Presley and Ursula Andress. While exterior filming was undertaken involving every other member of the crew at various places in Acapulco, Mexico, Elvis's own shots had to be taken at the Paramount studios in Hollywood, in March of 1963, as he had been declared "persona non grata" by the Mexican authorities following a series of incidents which took place at the trendy "Las Americas" movie theatre in the Mexican capital during the openings of at least two of its earlier films, most notably "King Creole" ( an entire chapter in a book by noted Mexican counter-culture writer Parménides García Saldaña entitled "Rey Criollo", and finally published in 1970, deals on this subject which took place in 1959) and "G.I.Blues", which opened under the title "Cafe Europa", in the summer of 1962. A double was hired to dovetail his long shot scenes with the rest of the crew while location filming was taken place. The movie featured the Top 10 Billboard hit "Bossa Nova Baby" and reached #1 on the national weekly box office charts a week after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. The film would be Presley's last release before the arrival of Beatlemania and was the top grossing movie musical of 1963.