Great Balls of Fire

Directed By: Jim McBride Starring: Dennis Quaid

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Product Overview

The story of jerry lee lewis, arguably the greatest and certainly one of the wildest musicians of the 1950s


Studio MGM
SKU 40167580
UPC 027616876591
UPC 14 00027616876591
Format DVD
Release Date 9/20/2005
Rating Rating
Rock And Roll
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note The explosive story of the meteoric rise of rock and roll's most daring living legend. Features the songs and escapades that catapulted him to the top of the charts, as well as his controversial third marriage to his 13-year-old cousin, which almost destroyed his career.
Plot Summary
Summary Film biography of rock 'n' roll hellraiser Jerry Lee Lewis, concentrating on the years 1956 to 1959, when Lewis rose to stardom. It was also during this period that Lewis married his third wife Myra, who not only was his second cousin, but only 13 years of age at the time. This action nearly killed Lewis's career, and the uproar and controversy created by the wedding while they were in England forced Lewis to cancel his tour. Other aspects of Lewis's life are examined, including: his relationship with his brother, evangelist Jimmy Swaggart; his competition with Elvis Presley; and how his "devil music" was inspired by what he saw and heard at black dance halls. |The score contains many of Lewis's songs, among them "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On", "Real Wild Child", and a rather fiery rendition of the title tune.
New York Times "...Quaid has charmed and seduced the audience just as Jerry Lee seduced Myra....Loaded with terrific music and outrageous fun..." 06/30/1989 p.C8
USA Today "...Winona Ryder, as young Myra Lewis, plays it impressively straight..." 12/29/1989 p.3D
Jim McBride
Dennis Quaid
Cast & Crew
Alec Baldwin - Actor
Dennis Quaid - Actor
Steve Allen - Actor
Trey Wilson - Actor
Winona Ryder - Actor
Myra Lewis & Murray Silver, Jr. - Based On Book By
Jim McBride - Director
Affonso Beato - Director of Photography
Lisa Day - Editor
Pembroke J. Herring - Editor
Bert Lovitt - Editor
Mark Victor - Executive Producer
Michael Grais - Executive Producer
Jerry Lee Lewis - Original Music
Adam Fields - Producer
David Nichols - Production Designer
Jerry Lee Lewis - Voice (Vocals) Of
Jack Baran - Writer
Jim McBride - Writer
Technical Info
Catalog ID 1003509
UPC 00027616876591
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 107 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review When Dennis Quaid, duded out and blonded up as Jerry Lee Lewis, swaggers to the stage to pump a piano and sing "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On," "Breathless," "Wild One," "Crazy Arms" or the incomparable title song, this movie can shake your nerves, rattle your brain and at the very least make you feel like dancing. Jerry Lee recorded new versions of his Fifties hits for Quaid to lip-sync (which Quaid does expertly), and the Killer has rarely thundered with more thrilling ferocity. Lewis's vintage rock is still cause for cheering.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Spanish, Subtitled, Theatrical Version, No Longer Produced
Newsweek Brash, bold and broad! A high-octane tribute to a '50s musical legend.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever ..full of energy.
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