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Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
J.W. Brown
Jud Phillips
Lois Brown
Joshua Sheffield ...
Rusty Brown
Mojo Nixon ...
James Van Eaton
Roland Janes
David Ferguson ...
Jack Clement
Robert Lesser ...
Paula Person ...
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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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The true story of a legend. See more »


Biography | Drama | Music


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30 June 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Great Balls of Fire  »

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$13,741,060 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original recording of the song "Honey Don't" by Carl Perkins is heard in this film and is a Sun Records label. See more »


When Elvis Presley shows up at Sun Records, he is shown signing an autograph left handed. Elvis was right handed. See more »


Myra: I don't know how to be a wife. I'm only 13.
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Spoofed in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) See more »


That Lucky Old Sun
Written by Haven Gillespie and Beasley Smith
Performed by Jerry Lee Lewis
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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!

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