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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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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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Great Balls of Fire  »

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$13,741,060 (USA)
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Martin Scorsese was going to make a Jerry Lee Lewis biopic starring Robert De Niro at one point. See more »

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The song Jerry Lee performs in Europe is "I'm on Fire". While the setting for this scene was 1958, the song was not released until 1964. See more »

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Jimmy Swaggart: Thank you Jesus!
Jerry Lee: Well don't thank Jesus, thank Jerry Lee Lewis.
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Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Les Paul and Mary Ford
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A disaster in need of a remake!
23 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe that this film at the time had Jerry Lee's blessing. (Although he later said he hated it.) He helped Quaid to learn his "pumping" piano style and Jerry Lee did the real singing much like Ray Charles did for "Ray". Quaid's performance is the worst of his career. He's nothing like Jerry Lee. Also Ryder looks too old to be his 13 y/o cousin. I think she was maybe 17 at the time.

Now Waylon Payne in "Walk the Line" doing his own singing on "Lewis Boogie" coupled with his wonderful rant in the car about how they're all going to hell... That captured more of the real Jerry Lee Lewis spirit then this whole film. They should get Payne and do a new Jerry Lee movie.


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