Great Balls of Fire!

1989, Music/Biography, 1h 48m

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Great Balls of Fire romanticizes the more disturbing elements of Jerry Lee Lewis' controversial life story, but Dennis Quaid's crackerjack performance and a soundtrack stuffed with classic songs gives this flawed biopic some smolder. Read critic reviews

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Upstart rock 'n' roll singer Jerry Lee Lewis (Dennis Quaid) has just cut a record at Sun Studio. Jerry's cousin, pastor Jimmy Swaggart (Alec Baldwin), tries to steer him away from a depraved life in the music business, but Jerry was born to play the so-called "devil's music." With rock 'n' roll king Elvis Presley busy with military service, Jerry sees his chance to claim the throne of popular music. But, his unabashed love of his 13-year-old cousin, Myra (Winona Ryder), may ruin his chances.

Cast & Crew

Dennis Quaid
Jerry Lee Lewis
Winona Ryder
Myra Gale Brown
John Doe
J.W. Brown
Trey Wilson
Sam Phillips
Alec Baldwin
Jimmy Swaggart
Lisa Blount
Lois Brown
Joe Bob Briggs
Dewey "Daddy-O" Phillips
Mojo Nixon
James Van Eaton
Jimmie Vaughn
Roland Janes
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