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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:
Illeana Douglas ... Denise Waverly / Edna Buxton
Sissy Boyd Sissy Boyd ... Dress Saleswoman
Christina Pickles ... Mrs. Buxton
Jill Sobule Jill Sobule ... Singing Contestant
Jennifer Leigh Warren Jennifer Leigh Warren ... Doris Shelley
Tegan West Tegan West ... M.C. at Talent Show
Richard Schiff ... Audition Record Producer
Natalie Venetia Belcon Natalie Venetia Belcon ... Betty
Kathy Barbour Kathy Barbour ... Sha Sha
John Turturro ... Joel Millner
Diane Robin ... Waitress in Diner
Eric Jerome Kirkland Eric Jerome Kirkland ... Stylette
Irving Washington III Irving Washington III ... Stylette (as Irving Eugene Washington III)
Kurt Jackson Kurt Jackson ... Stylette
Michael Angelo Saulsberry 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sombra de Um Génio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$173,654, 15 September 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$617,632, 6 October 1996
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Kelly Porter, the female bubblegum pop singer who was in the closet (played by Bridget Fonda) was inspired by Lesley Gore, who actually helped compose some of the music for the movie. At the time of Gore's death in 2015, she had been with her romantic partner, Lois Sasson, for 33 years. See more »

Goofs

Jay Phillips' sunglasses during TV interview. See more »

Quotes

Joel Millner: You look like a vampire. Eat your hamburger. All that health food stuff will kill you.
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Connections

References Oklahoma! (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Between Two Worlds
Written by Gerry Goffin, Louise Goffin and David Baerwald
Produced by Larry Klein
Performed by Shawn Colvin
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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"Grace of My Heart" is a wonderful movie
22 December 2005 | by Michael ClearySee all my reviews

I was reminded of how really good this movie is today when I saw it on T.V. (with commercials ugh) I've seen it a few times before and every time I watch it, I bawl like a baby and I'm a guy. A really tough guy. But this movie goes straight to my heart and puts a squeeze on it through the wonderful music, the sweet nostalgia and what a cast!

Illeana Douglas is beautiful and she really plays her character with great talent. She's supported by a strong cast and how can you go wrong with Turturro playing Phil Specter? The first time I saw this there was something familiar about the music; the songs, like "God give me Strength". As much as I like Elvis Costello, that scene of Illeana performing it for Matt (Brian Wilson) Dillon was such a unique delivery of a pure and powerful vocal. I later found that the 'familiarity' is Burt Bacharach and the 'voice' is Kristin Vigard: Wow!

Back in those days there was such an explosion of music and creativity and Burt Bacharach was truly a pop force.

I loved the Brill Building scenes, especially when they were working on the songs. I thought the movie lost something when it moved west to California but was deeply moved by Douglas and Turturro 'having it out' at the empty poolside. The final song with the flashbacks and her crowning achievement of recording that "one great album" had me weeping again. I really like this movie so I ordered the DVD online.


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