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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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The true story of a legend. 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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Murray Silver Jr. and Myra Lewis sold the film rights to the book for $115,000, plus a share of the profits. The two were supposed to serve as script consultants, but after the rights were sold three times, they lost that role when Director Jim McBride and Producer Adam Fields opted to put some distance between the film crew and their real-life counterparts. See more »

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There is a shot of The plane jerry is flying in from England to the US. It clearly shows a TWA logo, yet when the shot jumps to Jerry coming off the plane, the plane changes from white to silver and from TWA to American airlines. However, the plane he flew across the ocean (London to New York) would not be the plane on which he landed in Nashville; there were no direct London-Nashville flights in the 1950s. See more »

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[last lines]
Jerry Lee: Well, if I'm going to hell, I'm going there playing the piano.
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Features Rock Rock Rock! (1956) See more »

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Written by Bill Justis and Sidney Merker
Performed by Bill Justis
Courtesy of Sun Records
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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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