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Great Balls of Fire!
Drama, Biography, Music
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Jim McBride
Stephen Tobolowsky as Jud Phillips
Jimmie Vaughan as Roland Janes
David Ferguson as Jack Clement
Joshua Sheffield as Rusty Brown
Paula Person as Sam's Secratary
Robert Lesser as Alan Freed
Trey Wilson as Sam Phillips
Mojo Nixon as James Van Eaton
John Doe as J.W. Brown
Lisa Blount as Lois Brown
Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee Lewis
Winona Ryder as Myra Gale Brown
Alec Baldwin as Jimmy Swaggart
Storyline: The story of Jerry Lee Lewis, arguably the greatest and certainly one of the wildest musicians of the 1950s. His arrogance, remarkable talent, and unconventional lifestyle often brought him into conflict with others in the industry, and even earned him the scorn and condemnation of the public.
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I completely disagree, I really loved this movie..
Personally I disagree with the other user's comments as I saw this movie on TV a while ago and really enjoyed it. What makes it so interesting is the fact that someone would actually go ahead and marry their cousin who was only 13 years old.

This movie is pretty accurate and the acting and music is great.

Dennis Quaid's portrayal of the Killer is definitely one to watch.

His accent and facial expressions are priceless and Winona Ryder's Myra is sweet and believable. This movie offers a great insight into the personal life, music and career of J.L.L. A really enjoyable film I would highly recommend :-D
Spoilers herein.

Here's what I like about this: it is a story about a quirky performer, who lives life as if it were one of his quirky shows. At the same time, Quaid's performance is itself quirky - along the lines of Depp's `Fear and Loathing.' The whole thing is a Punch and Judy doing a Punch and Judy.

It gets my appreciation for that. But at root, it just isn't a very interesting story: part rock history, part trailer trash romance, and part holy/nasty metaphor. But then, that's pop music I guess.

There is a scene that sticks: Jerry Lee opening for Chuck Berry. Chuck is an ordinary guy, someone whose life is not his performance. Music is just a job, and he would never get the whole reflexive passion thang. Jerry goes nuts, literally setting the piano on fire. Then he marches off with `Follow that, Killer!`

The actor's expression is priceless. Almost worth the admission by itself. He is supposed to be the surrogate anchor for us, watching from the sidelines.

There's another image worth keeping. Our vulnerable Winona packs up to move in with her new `husband.' Her luggage is a dollhouse. That's a sweet keeper, just like Julia Style's little box of `needful things' in `Hamlet.' And for the same reasons.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.
Dumpster Fire of a Movie
Shame on anybody who is trying to defend this absolute waste of studio money. Dennis Quaid - what happened, man? This movie sucks...real, real hard. The writing, the acting, the crappy lip-synching. I mean, is the story of Jerry Lee Lewis really worth telling? Ultra-fanatical bible belt redneck pianist marries his child cousin. Great - can I see a movie about someone interesting now? So sad that this is one of Trey Wilson's last acting jobs. That John Doe guy as Myra's dad was alright, though.
The piano man
Dennis Quaid struts around like a rooster in "Great Balls of Fire," a 1989 biopic about Jerry Lee Lewis, one of the great entertainers. Discovered by Sam Phillips, the man who discovered Elvis and Johnny Cash, Lewis came up the ranks quickly and was poised to become the King of Rock 'n' Roll when Elvis went into the Army. But the scandal that broke when it was revealed he was married to his 13-year-old cousin Myra (Winona Ryder) and was in fact a bigamist - which today would be shrugged off - just about ruined his career. Soon he was prone to violence on and off stage and imbibing in alcohol.

I have always loved Jerry Lee Lewis' music, but the only thing I knew about him was that he married his cousin - so that will show you where all the publicity was focused. I had no idea that Jimmy Swaggert (played here by Alec Baldwin) was also his cousin. I was struck by the qualities he had in common with Elvis - they both were highly-charged performers with so much energy a stage couldn't hold them, both completely original, natural talents inspired by music they heard in their communities, and both were discovered by Sam Phillips. What each one was most of all was just like one of the kids that he sang to, who could pulsate, dance and let their hormones run wild with the music. Lewis remains today an electrifying performer with an unmistakable sound. His high gear "Great Balls of Fire," "Breathless," "High School Confidential," and of course, "Whole Lotta Shaking' Going' On" are unmatched.

Now, how accurate was this film? Jerry Lee himself claims he never acted the way Dennis Quaid portrayed him in his life, though others say Quaid was right on. It's a little like Scottish people hearing a Scottish burr on an actor and saying, we don't talk like that when they do. I will quibble with the depiction of Sam Phillips as a snake oil salesman who, according to this script, "lost Elvis." Phillips didn't lose Elvis - his record company was too small to promote Elvis as he needed to be promoted, and Phillips badly needed the money Elvis' contract would bring. Elvis, Vernon and Gladys Presley thought they had it good - no one dreamed Elvis could accomplish what he did - so Sam Phillips could have kept Elvis with Sun for a longer period of time, but rather than stifling Presley's career, he let him go.

Quaid does an excellent job as a thrilling performer who perhaps isn't the most likable person off stage - in fact, might be a little sleazy - and Ryder captures the teenage silliness beautifully. Baldwin doesn't get to do much but proselytize.

The most interesting thing about "Great Balls of Fire" is its relevance today. Rock 'n' Roll was perceived as the way to complete degradation for teenagers and the performers were servants of the devil. Rap music is viewed the same way today. With rock 'n' roll, the road to degradation was a sexual one - swinging those hips and getting all charged up could only mean trouble. Today, with rap, it's the message of violence against women and attitudes towards them, the use of violence and foul language. In between, we had the schools ruling that no one could have a Beatles haircut. Maybe someday it will occur to somebody that many things can destroy a generation - war and drugs being two - but music doesn't seem to be one of them.
An unrestrained talent gets the performance it requires...
Speaking in hindsight, Dennis Quaid has recently gone on record as saying he should've taken the filmmakers' advice and brought his portrayal of real-life hell-raising singer/piano player Jerry Lee Lewis down a notch or two. However, it's precisely Quaid's energy (and the accomplished 1950's period flavor) that keeps this otherwise undistinguished movie going. It's one-half rollicking musical-bio, and the other half an unsteady riches-to-rags tale. Jerry Lee finds his bombastic stage presence hard to shake off in life, rising to the top of the charts--and about to steal the rock 'n roll mantle from Elvis P.--until a marriage to his under-aged second cousin causes a backlash that lasted many years. Fashioned like a live-action cartoon, it's something of a drag when the filmmakers eventually pull out all the usual tried-and-tired clichés, boozy depression and angry rebellion. Winona Ryder, as Quaid's teen bride, struggles with a sketchy role; in fact, all the supporting characters are one-dimensional compared to Lewis. Quaid (who lip-syncs to the vocals but played his own piano) rides roughshod over the whole shaky enterprise. ** from ****
Totally one-sided and not very pleasant but Dennis Quaid certainly hits it straight out of the park
Just re-saw this last night and to put it bluntly: "Style instead of substance". We can already guess that there had to be a lot more to Jerry Lee Lewis than what is depicted here. The Jerry Lee Lewis character in this movie is not depicted as a real human being for one minute throughout the entire hour and a half plus running time, but then again, all the other characters are only one pencil-stroke from being total cartoon characters.

Let's take the beginning. We see Jerry Lee and his cousin, Jimmy Swaggart sneaking over to the black jazz club and we see Jerry getting his inspiration. Might be possible. We see how the two cousins choose different paths in life (also possible). Then we cut to Jerry Lee playing the piano as an adult (now played by Dennis Quaid) and it's thrilling and a little scary. Cut to a scene where he first meets his second cousin, Myra. From then on the whole thing turns into a recap of certain events played out in a style befitting a news reel on high speed.

Not that the movie is not a little entertaining and it's great to hear new versions of the songs that made Jerry Lee. Alec Baldwin as Jimmy Swaggart is also a reason why you should at least take a look at this, an indicator of his greater successes in the years to come. Winona Ryder as Myra is the most one noty character in the film. She teases, she sobs, she chews gum and play coquettish and that's about it. There is never for a minute given a reason why she ended up being the third Mrs. Lewis and speaking of wives, where are the first two? That is why this really can't be classified as a biopic, but more of a inaccurate news reel. We see Jerry get his first song played on the radio, we see his second single going into the top ten, we see his third go to no. 1 and so on. Then comes the inevitable downfall. Absolutely, no basis in reality.

To conclude another minor quarrel: The movie takes place from '56 to '58 and still Myra says: "I am only 13" right up till the end.
A Must See!
Dennis Quaid was magnificent as Jerry Lee Lewis. He had everything spot on -Lewis' mannerisms, walk, energy, voice, etc. What a performance! I truly believe he should have won an award. Winona Ryder and Alec Baldwin were also excellent. Ryder was so young and so expressive. Baldwin nailed it as the preacher although I hardly recognized him. It was so much fun hearing Lewis' songs again. A must see movie for those who love singer bio pictures.
Sequel being planned!
The Title is "Middle Age Crazy". Dennis Quaid and Winona Ryder are on board along with the rest of the original cast. Unfortunately we have lost the great Trey Wilson and Lisa Blount, but Alec Baldwin will play Jimmy Swaggart again, which should be great because this will be during the years leading up to his scandal. Rumor has it that John Travolta will play Mickey Gilley (a little wink to Urban Cowboy) and Sean Penn as Lewis' guitar player Kenny Lovelace.

The movie starts with Jerry Lee Lewis' Live at the Star Club in Hamburg concert in 1964 and I believe ends in 1986 when he gets inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of fame. This is going to be a treat for real fans of Lewis who enjoy his country music. We are going to get his 1968 top ten single "Another Place, Another Time" along with "What's Made Milwaukee Famous, "She Still Comes Around (To Love What's Left of Me)", "Me & Bobby McGee" and of course 1977's "Middle Age Crazy". The scenes of Quaid as Lewis in North Hollywood's Palomino Club, Country Music's most important West Coast club during the 70's and 80's is going to be epic. This should be in production by 2012.
A great movie
This is a great, great movie. With Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee, it's just a question of time before you're really into it. He was so fit for the part that it was almost scary, and the proud way he was acting was just amazing. Even though I didn't think Winona Ryder did a great job; the play between Quaid and Ryder was so special. You simply can not like them together in this movie. Many of the other actors are truly impressing too, maybe Alec Baldwin in special. He seems so mad by Jerry's singing that you can't understand how Quaid just can stand there and smile. The way the two of them are playing together is priceless - though their ways pretty different.

I would truly recommend this movie, and I give it 8\10.
No Jerry Lee Lewis Fan Till I Saw This
I saw this movie when it first came out and just happened to see it again tonight - many years later. When I first saw this I had never been a fan of Lewis. After seeing Dennis Quaid's performance, which I thought was incredible by the way, I had to get Whole Lot of Shaking Going On and Great Balls of Fire right away. They soon became party favorites that got everyone on the dance floor. I understood the true genius that embodied Jerry Lee. The movie was fun and the music was fantastic. Wynona Ryder was good as the 13 year old cousin who married him. I can't imagine ever letting my 13 year old daughter marry such a man but he was so endearing that it was hard to hate him for it. I saw Jerry Lee Lewis perform on TV and I always thought he was so crazy and obnoxious and Dennis Quaid nailed him right on the head. Alex Baldwin was an unlikely person to play cousin Jerry Faldwell but he was believable. Over all I loved this movie and it made a fan out of me.
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