Falling from Grace

Overview

Rocker John Mellencamp both directed and starred in this drama about a well-known musician who returns to his old home town, opening a number of old wounds in the process. Bud Parks (Mellencamp) is a country-rock star who's feeling burned out after a long stretch on the road and heads back to his hometown in Indiana for some downtime with his family and old friends for the occasion of his father's birthday. But after arriving in Indiana with his wife, Alice (Mariel Hemingway), and daughter, Terri Jo (Melissa Ann ...
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Overview

Rocker John Mellencamp both directed and starred in this drama about a well-known musician who returns to his old home town, opening a number of old wounds in the process. Bud Parks (Mellencamp) is a country-rock star who's feeling burned out after a long stretch on the road and heads back to his hometown in Indiana for some downtime with his family and old friends for the occasion of his father's birthday. But after arriving in Indiana with his wife, Alice (Mariel Hemingway), and daughter, Terri Jo (Melissa Ann Hackman), Bud gets a reminder that the Parks family is no more happy or stable than it has ever been. Bud's wealthy father, Speck (Claude Akins), is still a self-centered womanizer; Grandpa (Dub Taylor) is a foul and hateful man; and Bud's half-brother, Ramey (Larry Crane) -- the result of one of Speck's many extramarital affairs -- is much better adjusted than his full brother, Parker (Brent Huff), whose loyalty to Speck has turned him into a spiritless lackey. Parker also happens to be married to P.J. (Kay Lenz), who was Bud's girlfriend in high school, and as Alice sits on the sidelines attracting the unwanted attentions of Speck, Bud finds himself falling into an affair with P.J. As he faces his own guilt and the mixed emotions of his family and friends at his return, Bud realizes he's more like his father than he ever wanted to be. Novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry wrote Falling From Grace for Mellencamp, even spending time with the singer in Indiana to get a better feel for the locations; songwriter and Mellencamp collaborator John Prine also appears and contributes to the soundtrack.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • UPC: 043396051867
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,105

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Mellencamp Band Leader
Kay Lenz P.J. Parks
Mariel Hemingway Alice Parks
Claude Akins Speck Parks
Larry Crane Ramey Parks
Dub Taylor Grandpa Parks
John Mellencamp Bud Parks
Deirdre O'Connell Sally Cutler
Teddi Jo Mellencamp P.J.'s Child
Kate Noonan Linda
Kasey Robinson P.J.'s Child
John Prine Mitch Cutler
Brent Huff Parker Parks
Joanne Jacobson Marian Parks
Tracy Cowles Bobby Tucker
Melissa Ann Hackman Terri Jo Parks
Mary Tom Crain Grandma Parks
Sigmund Balaban Country Club Manager
Gary Boebinger Turdis
Toby Myers Luke
Margie Hopper Mrs. Pendergrass
Donna Cowles Mrs. Sacks
Elizabeth Anne Bowen Checker Girl
Hilda Marie Bolden Checker Girl
Edna Ryan Booker Mrs. Green
Matthew J. Correll Parking Attendant
Mary Cowles Waitress
Thomas Judd P.J.'s Child
Aaron White P.J.'s Child
Eric White P.J.'s Child
Terra Cowles Sally's Child
Derek Davis Sally's Child
Bentley Austin Pure Jam Band Member
Craig Austin Pure Jam Band Member
Eric Austin Pure Jam Band Member
Glenn Dalton Pure Jam Band Member
Technical Credits
John Mellencamp Director
Victor Hammer Cinematographer
Larry McMurtry Screenwriter
Richard Mellencamp Associate Producer
Harry Sandler Producer
Dennis Virkler Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [8:24]
2. Home Sweet Home [5:40]
3. Grandpa's Birthday [8:02]
4. The Country Club [7:29]
5. All in the Family [11:32]
6. Like Father Like Son [6:44]
7. Family Problems [6:17]
8. Who's Your Daddy? [7:53]
9. Going Back to Cali [8:32]
10. Working Things Out [11:53]
11. The Ride of His Life [7:32]
12. Reconcile [10:07]
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