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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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$13,741,060 (USA)
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Sean Penn was considered for the lead role. See more »

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

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Myra: All I ever wanted was a little pink house with a blue door... a little baby sittin' in a high chair.
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Referenced in L.A. Law: Great Balls Afire (1992) See more »

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Written by Dámaso Pérez Prado (as Damaso Perez Prado)
Performed by Dámaso Pérez Prado (as Perez Prado)
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Quaid Plays a Monkey with a Nervous Disorder as Film Dies
25 August 2005 | by (Minneapolis, MN) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this film in years, but the awful "taste" of Quaid's performance still lingers on my tongue. Some have commented on how Quaid has Jerry Lee Lewis "to a tee" but the fact is he only appears to have the most extreme stage Jerry in mind. Nobody acts that way all the time, and the performance comes off as hopelessly clownish, reducing Lewis to a buffoonish caricature. The nuances of a man's life are lost in the rubble of sheer over-acting.

The author of the book this is based on (Nick Tosches) is a good writer, who has written several fine musical bios (I particularly liked "Dino" on Dean Martin); in the books Tosches gives us a full human being, both separate from and involved in the "biz." Quaid's acting seems to imply that Jerry never acted like a human being. If people were like this, no one would bother to hang around them. As cartoons go, it is mildly amusing, but otherwise it is one of the most egregious, film-destroying performances I have had the "honor" of viewing. Terrible...


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