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Grace of My Heart (1996)

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An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers. The film follows her life from her first break... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Denise Waverly / Edna Buxton
Sissy Boyd ...
Dress Saleswoman
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Mrs. Buxton
Jill Sobule ...
Singing Contestant
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Doris Shelley
Tegan West ...
M.C. at Talent Show
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Audition Record Producer
Natalie Venetia Belcon ...
Betty
Kathy Barbour ...
Sha Sha
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Joel Millner
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Waitress in Diner
Eric Jerome Kirkland ...
Stylette
Irving Washington III ...
Stylette (as Irving Eugene Washington III)
Kurt Jackson ...
Stylette
Michael Angelo Saulsberry ...
Stylette (as Michael Saulsberry)
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Storyline

An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers. The film follows her life from her first break, through the pain of rejection from the recording industry and a bad marriage, to her final triumph. Written by John Deming <jfdeming@sprynet.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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For years her songs brought fame to other people. Then she found her own voice.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and for some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sombra de Um Génio  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$173,654 (USA) (13 September 1996)

Gross:

$617,632 (USA) (4 October 1996)
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Trivia

According to director Allison Anders (on her commentary sound track for the DVD) it was a first for a movie to show a woman's waters breaking (in the recording studio scene - however such an event had already been depicted as early as Cinderella Liberty (1973)) as well as having her sweater getting wet because it was time to breastfeed her baby. Allison Anders had also asked for "child care" to be listed in the end credits. See more »

Goofs

Jay Phillips' sunglasses during TV interview. See more »

Quotes

Denise Waverly: He smokes some grass. He uses some psychedelics. He uses peyote, but he is down on hard drugs.
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Connections

References Oklahoma! (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Mornin'
Written by Tom Delaney & Pearl Delaney
Produced by Larry Klein
Performed by For Real
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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User Reviews

 
There's no justice in this world...
11 February 2002 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

That Allison Anders film wasn't seen by a wider audience is a real

shame. The film is excellent, it has a real heart to it, and the

soundtrack is possibly the best I've seen in a film about making music.

Illeana Douglas is totally convincing as songwriter 'Denise Waverly',

the support from Turturro is both amusing and weirdly moving.

It's hard not to have the suspicion that if this film had been made by

a man, then he would have been widely feted as THE next big thing.

The moment where Douglas sings the song "God Give Me Strength" to Matt

Dillon in the studio makes my hair stand on end even as I type this. And

I'm wearing heavy duty wax in my hair


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