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Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

 -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  30 June 1989 (USA)
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The life and career of the 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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Mike Medavoy, head of Orion Pictures and former agent of Terrence Malick, had hired Malick to write the script. Malick's script was turned down for being "too dark", since it focused more on the tragic aspects of Jerry Lee Lewis' life than what was wanted. See more »

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In the scene where Jerry is picking Myra up at school, while singing "High School Confidential", she had a red ribbon in her hair. But in the next scene, which is supposed to be right after he's picked her up, the ribbon in her hair is grey with trombones on. See more »

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Jerry Lee: Well, if I'm going to hell, I'm going there playing the piano.
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Great movie
23 May 2003 | by (IL USA) – 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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