Great Balls Of Fire

Great Balls Of Fire

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Until its last ten minutes or so, this filmed biography of controversial recording star Jerry Lee Lewis plays like a live-action cartoon. As played by Dennis Quaid, the killer is a very mixed-up...More

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Until its last ten minutes or so, this filmed biography of controversial recording star Jerry Lee Lewis plays like a live-action cartoon. As played by Dennis Quaid, the killer is a very mixed-up individual: a saintly sinner, a world-wise naif, a skilled performer with zero sense of discipline, a loving husband who uses his wife for a punching bag. The story takes place during the years 1956 through 1958, as Lewis rises to the top of the charts with such hits as Crazy Arms, A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, and the title tune. Along the way, he falls in love with his second cousin, Myra (Winona Ryder), eventually marrying the girl. When it is revealed that Myra is only 13 years old, Lewis is condemned as a molester and pervert by the public (his disastrous tour of England during this crisis is depicted in hilarious Tex Avery fashion). After establishing a brisk, satirical tone through most of the proceedings, the film plummets into heavy dramatics in its final portions, jarring disastrously with all that has gone before. Otherwise, Quaid is terrific as Lewis (expertly lip-synching to the original records,) and Ryder is equally good as the long-suffering Myra. Featured in the cast are Alec Baldwin as Jerry's cousin Jimmy Swaggart (the same!), Michael St. Gerard as Lewis' great rival Elvis, and Steve Allen as himself. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Media FormatDVD
GenreDocumentary, Drama, Music Videos & Concerts, Musicals & Stage Shows
MPAA RatingPG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
DirectorJim McBride
StudioMGM Home Entertainment
ActorsDennis Quaid/ Winona Ryder/ John Doe/ Stephen Tobolowsky/ Trey Wilson

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  • best movie ever!

    By Yahoo! Shopping User  Jan 22, 2003

    ### It really was great movie. It had history and a little jazz in there too!Dennis was well is a great hott actor and always will be! He wasn't doing drugs will on the making of this movie~! And if he was it was probably to effect the way he had to look.... Its not like everyone doesn't do drugs who cares? Read more Less

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  • depressing.

    By erin s  Jul 27, 2001

    ### this is an awful movie ever made to be on video. how could he marry his 2nd cousin who happens to be 13 years old. that's sick. that's statustory rape. 1 star for this poor excuse of a movie. 2 thumbs way down. stinky. don't rent this movie. don't wa...tch it either. Read more Less

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  • GREAT BALLS OF FIRE

    By Yahoo! Shopping User  Oct 31, 2000

    ### It was an ok movie,but DENNIS didn't play jerry very well. I was working for the carnival at the time they were shooting the carnival seen, my boyfriend was in the movie, hewas the guy running the spiter. If I hadn't seen the real side of Dennis I ma...y of really liked the movie,but I saw Dennis doing drugs the whole time we were there helping make the movie. Read more Less

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  • Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

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    Great Balls of Fire! (1989) receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 2.04 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #11,088 movie of all time, #121 movie from 1989 and #5,241 Drama movie of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 7 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the movie ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other movies ranked, click on the link below. Read more

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