Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama, Music


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


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  • Julia Roberts and Dylan McDermott at an event for Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
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  • Dennis Quaid and Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
  • Dennis Quaid in Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
  • Dennis Quaid in Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
  • Winona Ryder and Dennis Quaid in Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

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22 June 2003 | pbhowmick
Great music, good movie
I am usually too lazy to put in my review comments. But when I read some of the negative comments about this movie, I ad to make a stand. I came across this movie accidentally and I'm glad I did. I think it is one of the unsung great films on music and musicians. Based on the true life of Jerry Lee Lewis, the somewhat eccentric rock and roll genius from the 50s this movie has got soul. Most of the movies about artists end up portraying them as somewhat crazy, egomaniacs, always on the edge of a break down. But this movie has a very warm and light hearted take on Jerry's life. Throughout his ups and down his character comes out as a likable one whom you want to fall in love with. There's not a moment in the film where you would feel sad or annoyed by Jerry. And for this the kudos go to both Dennis Quaid and the director. For the reviewers who have labeled Dennis's portrayal as over the top, you guys don't have a clue who and what Jerry was. Dennis has nailed the spirited and buoyant soul that Jerry Lee Lewis was. I think the people who didn't like this film wanted to see a more serious and toned down film. But this is a film about rock and roll, and there's no better way to make it then it has been donw here. I give it a 9 out of 10. Go watch this immensely entertaining film!

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,807,986 2 July 1989

Gross USA:

$13,741,060

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,741,060

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