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Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Music | 30 June 1989 (USA)
The life and career of wildly controversial rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis.

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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>

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

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Biography | Drama | Music

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30 June 1989 (USA)  »

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$13,741,060
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Jerry Lee Lewis hated both this film and his ex-wife Myra Lewis' autobiographical book which was a source. Linda Gail Lewis, Jerry Lee Lewis' sister, also thought this film was a poor and unjustified version of the real Jerry. The book's co-Author Murray Silver, Jr. was outraged by the film, which he thought departed from the book or the truth. Silver made several criticisms such as, "The movie was phony." Director Jim McBride admitted that it was never his intention to tie his film to the facts, and stated "This movie does not represent itself in any way to be a historical documentary. We use the book as a jumping-off point." See more »

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When Jerry is playing at the Cotton Jamboree he pulls his coat off, but in the next two shots he is wearing the jacket again See more »

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Myra: Why won't they go away?
Jerry Lee: They just want to see the new king of rock'n'roll.
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Referenced in E! True Hollywood Story: Winona Ryder (2002) See more »

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Singing & Swingin' For Me
Written by Al Dexter and James Paris
Performed by Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers
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Great movie
23 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Great Balls of Fire! is beyond a doubt one of the best movies I have ever seen. It's entertaining, funny, and gives an up close and personal look at the greatest rock star of the 50s. No, not Elvis, I'm talking about Jerry Lee Lewis! Before the movie I had never even heard of him, now he is one of my all-time favorite performers. Trust me, I was 9 years old when this movie came out, and if a movie is so good a 9 year old will pipe-down and watch, then you know its a excellent movie. So do yourself a favor and rent or buy this fantastic movie.

ciao bella!


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