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Great Balls of Fire (1989)


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Movie Info

This film follows the bumpy career of rock & roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis (Dennis Quaid), from his Louisiana roots to his Memphis record deal, and the popularity he won and then lost when he married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra (Winona Ryder). The soundtrack for the film contains a number of songs that were rerecorded for the film by Jerry Lee Lewis himself.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jack Baran , Jim McBride
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2002
Orion Pictures Corporation


as Jerry Lee Lewis

as J.W. Brown

as Jimmy Swaggart

as Himself

as James Van Eaton

as Roland James

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as Jack Clement

as Alan Freed

as Marilyn

as Big Maybelle

as Piano Slim

as Mamie Lewis

as Frankie Jean

as New Bassist

as Minnie Belle

as Young Jimmy

as Wedding Preacher

as Young Jerry

as Bank Teller

as Onlooker

as Party Doll

as Reporter #1

as Realty Agent

as Minnie Belle

as Talk Show Host

as Honky-Tonk Angel

as Heckler #2

as Cockney Porter

as Haney's Big House Da...

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as English Reporter #1

as English Reporter #2

as English Reporter #3

as Rebel Room Dancer

as Rebel Room Dancer

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Critic Reviews for Great Balls of Fire

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 30, 1989
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fire is a fascinating, often terribly compelling failure. Much like Lewis's life, I suppose.

Full Review… | August 26, 2009

Underrated Dennis Quad performance as rocker Jerry Lee Lewis.

March 19, 2009

Quaid is surprisingly good and has plenty of fun in this musical biopic.

November 15, 2005
Movie Metropolis

Average biopic.

September 21, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Audience Reviews for Great Balls of Fire

I loved this biography movie, and I don't usually like biopics that much. The actors are fantastic, and it's full of all the great songs from Lewis. I highly recommend this movie to both fans of the actors and Jerry Lee Lewis.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

Ok movie.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

OK, but unlike biopics where the actor "tranforms" into the character (Coal Miner's Daughter, Ray), Dennis Quaid didn't BEGIN to convince me that he the "Killer" Jerry Lee Lewis. Yeah, he had the moves and the energy, but the passion for the music was fake. Quaid didn't 'feel" it like Jerry Lee. Oh and his central Lousiana accent sucked balls. And Quaid is from right down the road in Texas. He should know better.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

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