MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 814 this week

Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

 -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  30 June 1989 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 11,617 users  
Reviews: 57 user | 22 critic

The life and career of the wildly controversial rock 'n' roll star, Jerry Lee Lewis.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (book), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

Related News

Hollywood Choreographer Landrum Dies
| WENN

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 17 Nov 2011
 
a list of 46 titles
created 02 Oct 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 08 Sep 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 13 Dec 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

Great Balls of Fire! (1989) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Great Balls of Fire!.

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A small town prepares for the homecoming of superstar Roxy Carmichael, as does a young outsider, who believes Roxy is her mother.

Director: Jim Abrahams
Stars: Winona Ryder, Jeff Daniels, Laila Robins
Square Dance (1987)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Gemma is 13 years old lives with her grandpa in the country, she has for many years. One day her mother shows up, and wants to take Gemma to the city. Her mother is married now, and can ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Jason Robards, Jane Alexander, Winona Ryder
1969 (1988)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two friends, Ralph and Scott live in a small minded town at the onset of wide public dissatisfaction with the Vietnam war. While Scott's brother enlists, he and Ralph are outspoken in their... See full summary »

Director: Ernest Thompson
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Kiefer Sutherland, Bruce Dern
Mermaids (1990)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.

Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder
Boys (1996)
Mystery | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Patty Vare falls off a horse and is found unconscious by prep school student John Baker. He takes her to his dorm. As he quickly discovers, she is hiding from something. For John this ... See full summary »

Director: Stacy Cochran
Stars: Winona Ryder, Lukas Haas, John C. Reilly
La Bamba (1987)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.

Director: Luis Valdez
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto
Lucas (1986)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other.

Director: David Seltzer
Stars: Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen
The Big Easy (1986)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Set in New Orleans. Remy McSwain, lieutenant in Homicide finds that he has two problems, the first of a series of gang killings and Ann Osborne, a beautiful attorney from the D.A.'s police ... See full summary »

Director: Jim McBride
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death.

Director: Steve Rash
Stars: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Bride-to-be Finn Dodd hears tales of romance and sorrow from her elders as they construct a quilt.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse
Stars: Winona Ryder, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft
Forever, Lulu (1987)
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A beautiful novelist gets involved with the violent underworld crime elements in New York City and becomes a target. Alec Baldwin plays the cop who pursues her killers.

Director: Amos Kollek
Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Deborah Harry, Alec Baldwin
Lost Souls (2000)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A small group of Catholics led by an ailing priest believe that Satan intends to become man, just as God did in the person of Jesus. The writings of a possessed mental patient lead them to ... See full summary »

Director: Janusz Kaminski
Stars: Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin, Sarah Wynter
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
J.W. Brown
...
Jud Phillips
...
...
...
Himself
...
Lois Brown
Joshua Sheffield ...
Rusty Brown
Mojo Nixon ...
James Van Eaton
...
Roland Janes
David Ferguson ...
Jack Clement
Robert Lesser ...
...
Babe
Paula Person ...
Sam's Secratary
Edit

Storyline

The story of Jerry Lee Lewis, arguably the greatest and certainly one of the wildest musicians of the 1950s. His arrogance, remarkable talent, and unconventional lifestyle often brought him into conflict with others in the industry, and even earned him the scorn and condemnation of the public. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Jerry Lee Lewis: He Rocked The Nation... And Shocked The World. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 June 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Great Balls of Fire  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$13,741,060 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jerry Lee Lewis later recorded his own version of the "Big-Legged Woman", the opening song where he and Jimmy Swaggart sneak over to club Hanley's as small boys to see what's going on. See more »

Goofs

The song "Great Balls Of Fire" is shown climbing the Billboard charts to number one. The song only made it to number two. See more »

Quotes

Lois Brown: "Jerry Lee here's a married man, ain't that right, Jerry Lee?"
Jerry Lee: "Well, that's not necessarily so, Lois."
Lois: " And just what do you mean by that?"
Jerry Lee: "Well, you see I was still married to my first wife when I married my second wife,so I never really was married to my second wife. And since I divorced my first wife a couple of years ago, I'm as free as a bird in a tree!"
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #20.30 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Beat Guitar
Written by John Greek and Richard Dangel
Performed by The Wailers
Courtesy of Golden Crest Industries
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great music, good movie
22 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

I am usually too lazy to put in my review comments. But when I read some of the negative comments about this movie, I ad to make a stand. I came across this movie accidentally and I'm glad I did. I think it is one of the unsung great films on music and musicians. Based on the true life of Jerry Lee Lewis, the somewhat eccentric rock and roll genius from the 50s this movie has got soul. Most of the movies about artists end up portraying them as somewhat crazy, egomaniacs, always on the edge of a break down. But this movie has a very warm and light hearted take on Jerry's life. Throughout his ups and down his character comes out as a likable one whom you want to fall in love with. There's not a moment in the film where you would feel sad or annoyed by Jerry. And for this the kudos go to both Dennis Quaid and the director. For the reviewers who have labeled Dennis's portrayal as over the top, you guys don't have a clue who and what Jerry was. Dennis has nailed the spirited and buoyant soul that Jerry Lee Lewis was. I think the people who didn't like this film wanted to see a more serious and toned down film. But this is a film about rock and roll, and there's no better way to make it then it has been donw here. I give it a 9 out of 10. Go watch this immensely entertaining film!


30 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Love, not age eweloon
THE GESTURE AlexandreRomani
I really love this movie Toxic-Lip-Gloss
Cant believe the english! bornandbreedinNZ
Best Music Biopic ever... rmana247
What about their first child? shimmer_121
Discuss Great Balls of Fire! (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?