Great Balls of Fire! (1989) Jim McBride, Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, John Doe, Biography, Drama, Music

Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
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.

An excellent job by director Jim McBride of putting Myra Lewis’s book about the life of legendary rock and roll star Jerry Lee Lewis (her husband) on film.

Dennis Quaid gives an over the top performance (sometimes a bit too over the top; but, then again, this is Jerry Lee Lewis) as Lewis, arrogant and child-like, trying to deal with sudden fame, having to deal with the consequences of having married his thirteen year old cousin (Myra, who authored the book). Quaid was truly excellent in this role. Yes, the lip-synching was perhaps a bit too obvious at times, but for the sake of hearing some great music performed by the real Jerry Lee Lewis, that was an irritant I could easily put up with. The relationship between Lewis and Myra (Winona Ryder) is developed sensitively and tastefully by McBride. Humour is added by exploring the complex love-hate relationship between Lewis and his cousin, the evangelist Jimmy Swaggart (Alec Baldwin). There is also great irony, given what ultimately happened to Swaggart, as we listen to him lecturing Lewis about the dangers of taking the “gold-paved streets of rock and roll.”

I really enjoyed this movie. Perhaps it was guilty of portraying everyone in it as a bit of a caricature, but it still seemed to offer an entirely believable story of Lewis’s life. Well worth the watching.

Great Balls of Fire! (1989) 2

Great Balls of Fire! (1989) 1

IMDB

HDTV 720p | MKV | 1280 x 694 | x264 @ 2024 Kbps | 1h 43mn | 1,82 Gb
Audio: English AC3 2.0 @ 384 Kbps | Subs: English (embedded)
Genre: Drama, Music

Download
Gritbols.part1.rar
Gritbols.part2.rar
Gritbols.part3.rar
Gritbols.part4.rar

Random posts

Le Mans (1971) Lee H. Katzin, Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch, Elga Andersen
Blood Relatives (1978) Claude Chabrol, Donald Sutherland, Aude Landry, Lisa Langlois, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Confession (1955) Ken Hughes, Sydney Chaplin, Audrey Dalton, Jefferson Clifford
The Treasure (1972) Lester James Peries, K.L. Coranelis Appuhamy, Kumarasinghe Appuhamy, Saman Bokalawala
Private Lives (1931) Sidney Franklin, Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Reginald Denny, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Redland (2009) Asiel Norton, Mark Aaron, Lucy Adden, Sean Thomas
Woman Obsessed (1959) Henry Hathaway, Susan Hayward, Stephen Boyd, Barbara Nichols, Drama, Romance
The Thrill of Brazil (1946) S. Sylvan Simon, Evelyn Keyes, Keenan Wynn, Ann Miller, Musical
Le Diable et les dix commandements / The Devil and the Ten Commandments (1962) Julien Duvivier, Michel Simon, Lucien Baroux, Claude Nollier, Comedy, Drama
Morgiana (1972) Juraj Herz, Iva Janzurová, Josef Abrhám, Nina Divísková, Drama, Horror
Taxi Hunter (1993) Herman Yau, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Rongguang Yu, Man-Tat Ng
As White as in Snow (2001) Jan Troell, Amanda Ooms, Rikard Wolff, Björn Granath
Il sud è niente / South Is Nothing (2013) Fabio Mollo, Miriam Karlkvist, Vinicio Marchioni, Valentina Lodovini, Drama, Family
La petite Lise / Little Lise (1930) Jean Grémillon, Pierre Alcover, Joe Alex, Alex Bernard, Drama
Sing, Baby, Sing (1936) Sidney Lanfield, Alice Faye, Adolphe Menjou, Gregory Ratoff, Musical
Sait-on jamais… (1957) Roger Vadim, Françoise Arnoul, Christian Marquand, Robert Hossein, Drama
Angela (1977) Boris Sagal, Sophia Loren, Steve Railsback, John Huston
Pink Narcissus (1971) James Bidgood, Don Brooks, Bobby Kendall, Charles Ludlam
Fireflies: River of Light (2003) Hiroshi Sugawara, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Risako Sugaya, Kôji Yakusho, Drama
The Third Secret (1964) Charles Crichton, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Richard Attenborough, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Our Song (2000) Jim McKay, Kerry Washington, Anna Simpson, Melissa Martinez, Drama
Travels with my Aunt (1972) George Cukor, Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen, Louis Gossett Jr.
Framed (1930) George Archainbaud, Evelyn Brent, Regis Toomey, Ralf Harolde
Star 80 (1983) Bob Fosse, Mariel Hemingway, Eric Roberts, Cliff Robertson, Biography, Drama
Claudia (1943) Edmund Goulding, Dorothy McGuire, Robert Young, Ina Claire, Comedy, Drama
Killing Me Softly (2002) Chen Kaige, Heather Graham, Joseph Fiennes, Natascha McElhone, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Term of Trial (1962) Peter Glenville, Laurence Olivier, Simone Signoret, Sarah Miles