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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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The true story of a legend. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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$13,741,060 (USA)
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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 »

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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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Myra: I don't know how to be a wife. I'm only 13.
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Referenced in L.A. Law: Great Balls Afire (1992) See more »

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Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
Written by Curly Williams (as David Williams) and Sunny David
Performed by Valerie Wellington
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ridiculous
9 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie easily falls into the category of laughable, if not beyond that to actually insulting. I mean in what alternate universe did the filmmakers and studios think that this film would play? From beginning to end we bombarded with Quaids overacting and ridiculous facial expressions, laying on the "im a loose cannon" act a little thick. Another picking point I had with the movie was the lack of a realistic story of events that would make you grow to connect to a character. I mean in one scene where Lewis is playing in a bar before making it big there is this over the top, just completely absurd bar fight that every citizen in town is apparently a part of. Then Lewis begins to play his rendition of "A whole lot of shaking'" and everyone immediately forgets their differences and begins dancing wildly as if its the most normal thing in the world. These kind of scenes, of which there are numerous, coupled with the lack of depth in any of the characters led me to actual laughter. So all in all this film is not worth viewing for anyone not interested in mocking a filmmaker and his actors decisions for an hour and a half.


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