Grace of My Heart (1996)




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Movie Info

This film covers the life of fictional female singer/songwriter Denise Waverly, whose story is allegedly patterned after that of real life singer/songwriter Carole King. The story begins when young Eda Buxton lands a recording contract in New York. However, nothing in the Big Apple goes as planned.

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Allison Anders
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 18, 2000
MCA Universal Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Grace of My Heart

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (11)

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Grace of My Heart

Grace of my Heart is loosely based on the life of real life singer/songwriter Carol King who yearns to break free of her privileged suburban upbringing to become a pop music singer but instead defers her dreams of pop stardom settling for a career as a songwriter.

Moving to New York she meets famous song manager Joel Millner (John Tuturro) who helps her on the road to stardom and becomes her lifelong friend and confidant.

Changing her name to Denise Waverley she writes a number of hits and becomes a famous and much sought after name in the music industry. She faces a lot of tragedies including the suicide of her husband Brian Wilson (played by Matt Dillon) but she overcomes all the hardship and gets her life back on track and produces and brings out her own new album which sells over a million copies.

Illeana Douglas does a credible turn in the title role, Patsy Kensit plays Denise's longtime songwriting partner and loyal gal pal Cheryl Steed and a very young Bridget Fonda portrays the teenage closeted lesbian and pop singer Kelly Porter.

Deb S

Super Reviewer


A personal favorite. Love it.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

A great movie if you're a fan of Illeana Douglas. She has some considerable talent in her signing ability. The story hinges around the success of Douglas and her cohorts as they try to become pop icons when pop music started taking off in the 50s, 60s and 70s. A wholesome melodrama with very little deviation from the norm. Sometimes that's a good thing if it's done right. This is.


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