Great Balls of Fire!

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Jim McBride's biopic of Jerry Lee Lewis, Great Balls of Fire!, comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This MGM/UA release does a fine job of ...
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Jim McBride's biopic of Jerry Lee Lewis, Great Balls of Fire!, comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This MGM/UA release does a fine job of presenting the film.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: Stereo Surround; French: Stereo Surround; English, French & Spanish language subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
An underrated film from New York director Jim McBride that eschews the typically somber biopic mood to have infectious, cartoon-style fun with the life story of rock & roll hellcat Jerry Lee Lewis, played to perfection by Dennis Quaid as an unrepentant bad boy. Presenting Lewis as a force of nature who refuses to bend to anyone's dictums or rules, McBride and Quaid have an absolute blast, never ladling on too thick their obvious view of the rocker as a creative genius. Alec Baldwin is a delight in later scenes as Lewis' real-life cousin Jimmy Swaggart, whose path to salvation lies along a more traditional, religious route, bringing the two onetime best friends into moral conflict. Winona Ryder is effective as Lewis' teenage cousin/wife, Myra, all wide-eyed innocence and guilelessness, although her character is the film's only sour note, her naïveté a tad suspect given that the real-life Myra is the author of the book on which the film is based. The real reason to catch the film, however, is not for her story, but for its music-fueled, maniacal energy and the sheer bravado of a performance from Quaid that, like his later turn in Wyatt Earp 1994, remains one of his shamefully neglected best. Great Balls of Fire! 1989 is a sadly ignored film from a regretfully overlooked director who would soon be reduced to creating made-for-TV cable films, one of which is the little-seen but superb The Informant 1997.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2002
  • UPC: 027616876591
  • Original Release: 1989
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Jerry Lee Lewis
Sara VanHorn Minnie Belle
Joseph Woodward Jr. 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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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/44 to 56 [7:38]
2. Crazy!/Big Plans [7:18]
3. God & Devil Music [8:02]
4. 50-50/Shakin'! [4:01]
5. New York/Zoom! [7:37]
6. Cousins [9:26]
7. Great Balls of Fire! [4:39]
8. Women & Bird Dogs [2:19]
9. High School Hop [2:34]
10. Vows & Consequences [13:50]
11. Breathless! [6:17]
12. Little Lady/England [14:30]
13. Golden Apologies [6:16]
14. Baby!/2 Roads [5:56]
15. A Wild One! [2:30]
16. End Credits [4:17]
Side #2 -- Standard
1. Main Title/44 to 56 [7:38]
2. Crazy!/Big Plans [7:18]
3. God & Devil Music [8:02]
4. 50-50/Shakin'! [4:01]
5. New York/Zoom! [7:37]
6. Cousins [9:26]
7. Great Balls of Fire! [4:39]
8. Women & Bird Dogs [2:19]
9. High School Hop [2:34]
10. Vows & Consequences [13:50]
11. Breathless! [6:17]
12. Little Lady/England [14:30]
13. Golden Apologies [6:16]
14. Baby!/2 Roads [5:56]
15. A Wild One! [2:30]
16. End Credits [4:17]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
Side #2 -- Standard
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Balls of Fire

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Balls of Fire

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Balls of Fire

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Balls Of Fire

    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

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    Posted July 2, 2009

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