Falling from Grace


Falling from Grace

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Rocker John Mellencamp both directed and starred in this drama about a well-known musician who returns to his old home town, opening a number of old wounds in the process. Bud Parks (Mellencamp) is a country-rock star who's feeling burned out after a long stretch on the road and heads back to his hometown in Indiana for some downtime with his family and old friends for the occasion of his father's birthday. But after arriving in Indiana with his wife, Alice (Mariel Hemingway), and daughter, Terri Jo (Melissa Ann Hackman), Bud gets a reminder that the Parks family is no more happy or stable than it has ever been. Bud's wealthy father, Speck (Claude Akins), is still a self-centered womanizer; Grandpa (Dub Taylor) is a foul and hateful man; and Bud's half-brother, Ramey (Larry Crane) -- the result of one of Speck's many extramarital affairs -- is much better adjusted than his full brother, Parker (Brent Huff), whose loyalty to Speck has turned him into a spiritless lackey. Parker also happens to be married to P.J. (Kay Lenz), who was Bud's girlfriend in high school, and as Alice sits on the sidelines attracting the unwanted attentions of Speck, Bud finds himself falling into an affair with P.J. As he faces his own guilt and the mixed emotions of his family and friends at his return, Bud realizes he's more like his father than he ever wanted to be. Novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry wrote Falling From Grace for Mellencamp, even spending time with the singer in Indiana to get a better feel for the locations; songwriter and Mellencamp collaborator John Prine also appears and contributes to the soundtrack.


Joe Mellencamp
as Band Leader
John Mellencamp
as Bud Parks
Dub Taylor
as Grandpa
John Prine
as Mitch Cutler
Brent Huff
as Parker Parks
Joanne Jacobson
as Marian Parks
Tracy Cowles
as Bobby Tucker
Melissa Ann Hackman
as Terri Jo Parks
Mary Tom Crain
as Grandma Parks
Sigmund Balaban
as Country Club Manager
Margie Hopper
as Mrs. Pendergrass
Donna Cowles
as Mrs. Sacks
Hilda Marie Bolden
as Checker Girl
Edna Ryan Booker
as Mrs. Green
Matthew J. Correll
as Parking Attendant
Mary Cowles
as Waitress
Teddi Jo Mellencamp
as P.J.'s Child
Thomas Judd
as P.J.'s Child
Kasey Robinson
as P.J.'s Child
Eric White
as P.J.'s Child
Aaron White
as P.J.'s Child
Terra Cowles
as Sally's Child
Derek Davis
as Sally's Child
Bentley Austin
as Pure Jam Band Member
Craig Austin
as Pure Jam Band Member
Eric Austin
as Pure Jam Band Member
Glenn Dalton
as Pure Jam Band Member
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  • As a director, Mellencamp produces some of the local color of his hometown, but never really establishes a thoroughgoing sense of place...as an actor, he's unmannered, even true, but a little dull.

    Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Surprisingly good movie. One of the few rock stars to get it right.

    Apr 3, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

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