Great Balls of Fire!

Great Balls of Fire!

DVD - 2002
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Biographical film about the rock 'n' roll singer called "Killer", Jerry Lee Lewis. The film covers the period when he moved to Memphis to further his career. His barrelhouse rhythm and blues piano playing and raucous singing led to a string of hits, but his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin all but killed his career.
Publisher: New York : Orion Home Video : MGM Home Entertainment, c2002, p1989
ISBN: 9780792852681
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 15, 2018

1989 biopic of Jerry Lee Lewis, one of the great figures in early rock and roll. Of the big ones (Elvis, Buddy, Chuck, Little Richard), Lewis was maybe the most unhinged and wild performer, someone who lit his piano on fire years before Hendrix burned his guitar at Monterey. His style encompassed country, blues, rockabilly, R&B, and even gospel, but the energy and spirit were pure rock and roll. His recordings for Sun Records are classics and an essential part of the rock canon. And then there was the whole marrying his underage cousin thing. This movie, coming after biopics of Buddy Holly and Richie Valens, didn't do very well. Dennis Quaid lays it on thick as Lewis, Winona Ryder is Myra Brown, whom he married when she was 13 (The movie is partly based on her book.), and Alec Baldwin is Lewis's cousin, Jimmy Swaggart. It's enjoyable without being all that good. The music, recorded by Lewis, is the obvious highlight. X bassist John Doe plays Brown's father and a member of the band. Elvis and Chuck Berry have bit parts.

Jan 29, 2010

I really liked this movie! Written by Jerry Lee Lewis's wife!


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