Great Balls of Fire!

Great Balls of Fire!

Director: Jim McBride Cast: Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin

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Until its last ten minutes or so, this filmed biography of controversial recording star Jerry Lee Lewis plays like a live-action cartoon. As played by Dennis Quaid, "the killer" is a very mixed-up individual: a saintly sinner, a world-wise naïf, a skilled performer with zero sense of discipline, a loving husband who uses his wife for a punching bag. The story takes place during the years 1956 through 1958, as Lewis rises to the top of the charts with such hits as "Crazy Arms," "A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," and the title tune. Along the way, he falls in love with his second cousin, Myra (Winona Ryder), eventually marrying the girl. When it is revealed that Myra is only 13 years old, Lewis is condemned as a molester and pervert by the public (his disastrous tour of England during this crisis is depicted in hilarious Tex Avery fashion). After establishing a brisk, satirical tone through most of the proceedings, the film plummets into heavy dramatics in its final portions, jarring disastrously with all that has gone before. Otherwise, Quaid is terrific as Lewis (expertly lip-synching to the original records,) and Ryder is equally good as the long-suffering Myra. Featured in the cast are Alec Baldwin as Jerry's cousin Jimmy Swaggart (the same!), Michael St. Gerard as Lewis' great rival Elvis, and Steve Allen as himself.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/2018
UPC: 0887090140218
Original Release: 1989
Rating: PG-13
Source: Olive Films
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 7,927

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Jerry Lee Lewis
Winona Ryder Myra Gale Lewis
Alec Baldwin Jimmy Lee Swaggart
John Doe J.W. Brown
Stephen Tobolowsky Jud Phillips
Trey Wilson Sam Phillips
Steve Allen Himself
Lisa Blount Lois Brown
Joshua Sheffield Rusty Brown
Mojo Nixon James Van Eaton
Jimmie Vaughan Roland James
David Ferguson Jack Clement
Robert Lesser Alan Freed
Lisa Jane Persky Babe
Paula Person Sam's Secratary
Valerie Wellington Big Maybelle
Booker T. Laury Piano Slim
Ashley Paige Cook Mona
Judith Holstra Actor
Jerry Lee Lewis Actor
Sara VanHorn Minnie Belle
Joseph Woodward Wedding Preacher
Michael St. Gerard Elvis
Carol Russell Mamie Lewis
Crystal Robbins Frankie Jean
Tav Falco New Bass Player
Ryan Rushton Young Jimmy
Bert Dedman Young Jerry
David A. Penhale Reporter #1
Bruce Stuart Bank Teller
W.W. Painter Onlooker
Mark W. Johnson Sheriff
Jody Lynne Party Doll
Linn Sitler Realty Agent
Juliette Claire Spirson Lewis Infant
John Mulrooney Talk Show Host
Peter Cook English Reporter
Kim Smith English Reporter
David Sibley English Reporter
Steven O'Donnell Heckler #2
Ruth Kettlewell Dowager
John Tordoff Cockney Porter
Keith McDaniel Haney's Big House Dancer
Rufus Thomas Haney's Big House Dancer
Susan Lonergan Rebel Room Dancer
Bonnie Beutler Rebel Room Dancer
Chris Solari Rebel Room Dancer
Snowy Winters Rebel Room Dancer
Priscilla Harris Honky-Tonk Angel
Joe Bob Briggs Dewey 'Daddy-O' Phillips

Technical Credits
Jim McBride Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Richard Arrington Makeup
Jack Baran Score Composer,Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Affonso Beato Cinematographer
Phil Corey Special Effects
Steve M. Davison Stunts
Lisa Day Editor
Adam Fields Producer
Michael Grais Producer
Pembroke J. Herring Editor
Tim Hutchinson Production Designer
Bill Landrum Choreography
Jacqui Landrum Choreography
Art Levinson Producer
Jerry Lee Lewis Score Composer
Bert Lovitt Editor
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Kathleen McKernin Set Decoration/Design
Joe Mulherin Musical Direction/Supervision
David Nichols Production Designer
Karen Penhale Associate Producer
Lauren Polizzi Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Schilling Consultant/advisor
Jon Spirson Art Director
Mary Kay Stolz Costumes/Costume Designer
Tracy Tynan Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Victor Producer

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Great Balls of Fire! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
This movie is based on a true story about Jerry Lee Lewis. Its a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I Saw The Movie It Filled Me With Great Personallity Because It Was Talking A Biography So The Movie Was Fun,Entertament And Great
Guest More than 1 year ago
This actually happened Jerry Lee Lewis married his Second cousin Myra They were related and She was only 13 years old This is a great movie Dennis Quad plays Jerry Lee Lewis and Wyonna Ryder stars as Myra I love Great Balls Of Fire!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
a true story 2 cousins get married and Myra finds out she's pregent very good movie i love it its a great movie the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a true story Jerry Lee Lewis actully married his second cousin Myra who was only 13 years old Myra found out she was pregent Jerry and Myra had a baby born on 1959 a great story of 2 cousins who fell in love and got happliy married
Anonymous More than 1 year ago