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Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

3 Ratings: 3.0
A movie directed by Jim McBride

Dennis Quaid's delightfully over-the-top performance dominates this 1989 biopic about the life, times, and music of rocker Jerry Lee "the Killer" Lewis. It's all here: his snazzy threads, his devil-may-care Southern charm, his mane … see full wiki

Director: Jim McBride
1 review about Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

Great balls of fire! What a fun romp! Rock on, Jerry Lee...

  • Jul 2, 2010
I was enjoying a quiet dinner tonight when this movie came on TV! I thought I'd watch a few minutes and get back to my typing, but NO! Jerry Lee grabbed me and wouldn't let go...just as he did back in the day.

Like one of the reviewer's grandmothers, I used to dance around the house to Jerry Lee's rock 'n roll, especially the unforgettable, lively "Great Balls of Fire." He was a riot then and he's a riot now!

I love, love, love this movie...because it's lively, fun and makes me feel good! I did feel sad for Jerry Lee and his teen bride. Even though she was young, they loved each other and my heart broke to see them misunderstood and his music banned because of his marrying her at such a young age (thirteen). The English treated them disgracefully, and I don't blame him for not apologizing...at great cost to his career.

To view the way Jerry Lee and Myra defied everyone and stuck together through thick and thin was tender, moving and rather sweet. Bittersweet moments! And even though this rock 'n roll legend was a rebel and a bit cocky, you couldn't help but love the guy...

Dennis Quaid was riotous in the role of Jerry Lee, and Winona Ryder was perfect as the very cute, adorable teen. They were both lovable (and naive in many ways). I thought I'd die laughing when she took her doll house with her as she moved from her father's home to live with her new husband. (And wait till you see Alec Baldwin carrying on as a stereotypical Baptist preacher; even though his role was rather laughable, he did a great job of acting...lol)

Kudos to this cast and the producers for a few hours of almost nonstop laughter, dished up with the bittersweet romance.

I won't forget this film for a long time. Even though certain parts were left out of "The Killer's" life, this movie managed to give the main details and give us a good concept of his life and lots of great rock 'n roll.

It's heartening to know he's still performing and as popular as in his heyday. Rock on, Jerry Lee!

Reviewed by Betty Dravis, July 2, 2010
Author of "Dream Reachers" (with Chase Von) and other books

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October 04, 2010
Thanks for the kind ranking. Betty xo
October 04, 2010
Nice review, Betty! I loved this movie, too.  JLL was such a characte back then. I saw him just recently on a late night show. He could still play the piano and mumble some lyrics, but he made no facial expressions at all, just looked like a zombie. Sadly, time has finally caught up with him.
October 04, 2010
Is this MY Kona from Ammie? Thx for dropping by with the update on JL. It happens to the best of us, I fear. But he sure rocked me out back in the day... xo
October 05, 2010
Yes, it's me! I saw your name in the "Movie Hype" New Members. I'm glad you're here.
August 07, 2010
Cool! Thanks for the good ratings! Bxo
August 07, 2010
Been awhile since I saw this movie the last time...
August 07, 2010
I only ever saw it this one time...on TV, but the music made me feel energetic and happy, despite the sad circumstances of Jerry Lee's marriage. They really did love each other, so that counts for something... Hmmm...
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