6.2/10
12,719
59 user 23 critic

Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Music | 30 June 1989 (USA)
Trailer
1:08 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

The life and career of wildly controversial rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (book) (as Murray Silver) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A small town prepares for the homecoming of superstar Roxy Carmichael, as does a young outsider, who believes Roxy is her mother.

Director: Jim Abrahams
Stars: Winona Ryder, Jeff Daniels, Laila Robins
1969 (1988)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two friends living in a small town during the 1960's run away to enjoy their freedom during the Vietnam War, thus disappointing the father of one of them. When they return to town, they realize how important family unity is.

Director: Ernest Thompson
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Kiefer Sutherland, Bruce Dern
La Bamba (1987)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.

Director: Luis Valdez
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto
Square Dance (1987)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Gemma is 13 years old lives with her grandpa in the country, she has for many years. One day her mother shows up, and wants to take Gemma to the city. Her mother is married now, and can ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Jason Robards, Jane Alexander, Winona Ryder
Mermaids (1990)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.

Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death.

Director: Steve Rash
Stars: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith
Lucas (1986)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other.

Director: David Seltzer
Stars: Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Bride-to-be Finn Dodd hears tales of romance and sorrow from her elders as they construct a quilt.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse
Stars: Winona Ryder, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft
Boys (1996)
Mystery | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Patty Vare falls off a horse and is found unconscious by preparatory school student John Baker. He takes her to his dormitory. As he quickly discovers, she is hiding from something. For ... See full summary »

Director: Stacy Cochran
Stars: Winona Ryder, Lukas Haas, John C. Reilly
Reality Bites (1994)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A documentary filmmaker and her fellow Gen X graduates face life after college, looking for work and love in Houston.

Director: Ben Stiller
Stars: Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo
The Crucible (1996)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.

Director: Nicholas Hytner
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield
The Big Easy (1986)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Set in New Orleans. Remy McSwain, lieutenant in Homicide finds that he has two problems, the first of a series of gang killings and Ann Osborne, a beautiful attorney from the D.A.'s police ... See full summary »

Director: Jim McBride
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
J.W. Brown
...
Jud Phillips
...
...
...
Himself
...
Lois Brown
Joshua Sheffield ...
Rusty Brown
Mojo Nixon ...
James Van Eaton
...
Roland Janes
David Ferguson ...
Jack Clement
Robert Lesser ...
...
Babe
Paula Person ...
Sam's Secratary
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The true story of a legend. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 June 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Great Balls of Fire  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$13,741,060 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Martin Scorsese was going to make a Jerry Lee Lewis biopic starring Robert De Niro at one point. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Myra: Why won't they go away?
Jerry Lee: They just want to see the new king of rock'n'roll.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Beavis and Butt-Head: Whiplash (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Big Legged Woman
Written by James Williams
Performed by Booker T. Jones
Produced by Joe Mulherin and Billy Swan
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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...


13 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Cant believe the english! bornandbreedinNZ
Love, not age eweloon
I really love this movie Toxic-Lip-Gloss
THE GESTURE AlexandreRomani
Best Music Biopic ever... rmana247
What about their first child? shimmer_121
Discuss Great Balls of Fire! (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?