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Falling from Grace (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 21 February 1992 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mellencamp ... Bud Parks
Mariel Hemingway ... Alice Parks
Claude Akins ... Speck Parks
Dub Taylor ... Grandpa Parks
Kay Lenz ... P.J. Parks
Larry Crane Larry Crane ... Ramey Parks
Kate Noonan Kate Noonan ... Linda
Deirdre O'Connell ... Sally Cutler
John Prine ... Mitch Cutler
Brent Huff ... Parker Parks
Joanne Jacobson Joanne Jacobson ... Marian Parks
Tracy Cowles Tracy Cowles ... Bobby Tucker
Melissa Ann Hackman Melissa Ann Hackman ... Terri Jo Parks
Mary Tom Crain Mary Tom Crain ... Grandma Parks
Sigmund Balaban Sigmund Balaban ... Country Club Manager


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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For country music star Buddy Parks, the shortest distance between two hearts is a road that leads straight back home.


Drama | Music


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Release Date:

21 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Souvenirs See more »

Filming Locations:

Seymour, Indiana, USA


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,708, 23 February 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Claude Akins' playing of Speck Parks lets him return to his "evil villain" roots. He's no Lobo-esque comic cop in this one. See more »


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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Not as good as Roeper led me to believe
8 April 2009 | by kwaitsSee all my reviews

I watched this movie because Richard Roeper said that it was a "hidden gem" and that he had offered a "money back guarantee" to anyone who didn't like the movie. He said this on an episode of "At the Movies" where Mellencamp was the guest reviewer.

Anyway...I'm not going to demand my money back from Roeper, but I thought the movie was only so-so. I agree with others who thought the beginning was much stronger than the end. I also thought that the movie didn't adequately resolve the (admittedly difficult) problem of how to convey the numbing boredom of small-town life without itself being boring.

Some good moments, but overall too clichéd and too pat an ending. I do agree that it was WONDERFUL to see the great Claude Akins and Dub Taylor.

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