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Falling from Grace (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 21 February 1992 (USA)
Rock singer John Mellencamp makes his screen and directorial debut in this story by "Lonesome Dove" author, Larry McMurtry. The story, not too separated from Mellencamp's real life, finds ... See full summary »

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Bud Parks
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Alice Parks
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Speck Parks
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Grandpa Parks
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P.J. Parks
Larry Crane ...
Ramey Parks
Kate Noonan ...
Linda
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Sally Cutler
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Mitch Cutler
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Parker Parks
Joanne Jacobson ...
Marian Parks
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Bobby Tucker
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Terri Jo Parks
Mary Tom Crain ...
Grandma Parks
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Rock singer John Mellencamp makes his screen and directorial debut in this story by "Lonesome Dove" author, Larry McMurtry. The story, not too separated from Mellencamp's real life, finds him as a country music star whose meanderings and philandering has thrown his life into turmoil. Returning to his native Indiana to try to reestablish a normal life. Instead he takes up with an old lover (Lenz), ignoring his loving wife (Hemingway), and duplicating the lifestyle of his womanizing father (Akins). Written by John Sacksteder <Jsack@ka.net>

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21 February 1992 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$231,826 (USA)
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When visiting Seymour, Indiana, pick up the pamphlet with a map to locations used in the film. See more »

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Alice Parks: You can't have some secret world in your mind and another one on the street.
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All the Best (acoustic version)
Written by John Prine
Performed by John Prine
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A wash-out...
24 July 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Celebrity singers have always had a tough time breaking into the movies (the cinema is littered with failed attempts), and one can go on and on speculating why John Mellencamp never made it big as an actor. Instead of taking small parts in heartfelt projects, Mellencamp dives right in playing the lead in "Falling From Grace", which he also directed, and the results are as awkward and unbecoming as that title. Story of a famous singer returning to his hometown in the sticks, opening up old family wounds, boasts a screenplay by Larry McMurtry, but the meandering film goes nowhere slowly. The decent supporting cast includes quirky Kay Lenz (whom it's always nice to see), although its Mariel Hemingway and Claude Akins who share the only really strong scene in the picture. As for John's acting, he doesn't look particularly comfortable, despite apparent efforts to make him look at home; he seems to be ducking the camera most of the time, and he never connects with the audience. *1/2 from ****


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