Jimmy's career kept him in constant conflict with his cousin's wild rock and roll career and brings out some uncomfortable exchanges between the two. His arrogance, remarkable talent, and unconventional lifestyle often brought him into conflict with others in the industry, and even earned him the scorn and condemnation of the public. The review aggregator reported that 63% of critics gave the film a positive review, based on 24 reviews. The film is produced by , with executive producers credited as , , and Art Levinson. A subplot deals with Jerry Lee's relationship with another cousin, now- , who, during this period, was a struggling preacher. He becomes furious when requested to print a public apology in and becomes increasingly abusive toward Myra. Cut to a demo record that attracts the attention of Sam Phillips, the legendary head of Sun Records in Memphis.
But, his unabashed love of his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Winona Ryder , may ruin his chances. Confident that his career will remain a success, Jerry Lee is undaunted; however, the scandal follows him back to the States. Jerry Lee is then condemned as a and a pervert by the public. Last accessed: February 10, 2010. This was the final film of character actor.
If this is the legend, the facts must be inutterably depressing. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert. Lewis, played by Dennis Quaid as a grinning simpleton with a crazy streak and a manic piano style, climbs the same career ladder as many of the stars of musical biographies, but he does it with lightning speed. Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: , Music , Keywords: , , , , , , ,. It also captures, perhaps for the first time on film, something of the sexual aura of rock-and-roll at its birth. You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie. Advertisement This is a simpleminded rock 'n' roll history in which the pleasures are many and the troubles are few.
I've never seen a movie about anybody that probes so tentatively and apologetically into the subject's life, and still uncovers so many worms. Jerry Lee then begins drinking heavily when record sales and concert attendances are significantly down. Advertisement There is also the music. We rejoin his life just as he has moved in with his cousin, J. Lewis has created the kind of legend that defiant drunks can clutch at like a straw - if he's still alive, I'm not so bad. Jerry Lee Lewis: He Rocked The Nation.
In its widest release the film was featured in 1,417 theaters across the country. Download or Streaming Great Balls of Fire! Storyline : The story of Jerry Lee Lewis, arguably the greatest and certainly one of the wildest musicians of the 1950s. It's easy to see from that film why it was thought that they could do justice to Lewis. The early career of , from his rise to rock and roll stardom to his controversial marriage to his 13-year-old cousin that led to his downfall, is depicted in the film. Jerry Lee is booed and ridiculed off stage at his opening concert; and as a result, his British tour is cancelled and he is deported from England. Last accessed: November 30, 2007.
Then we flash-forward to Lewis pounding on the piano in the same style. This re-recorded version was also featured in the 1993 film adaptation of the Stephen King novel, Needful Things, where the character Hugh Priest Duncan Fraser is reminiscing about his youth as a teenager in the 1950s after trying on a jacket that looks like the one he had when he was younger. The box-office receipts were poor. As a kid, he eavesdrops on black rhythm and blues. Cut to the record hitting the Top 40 charts. A matched scene, in which the same people shun him after his return from England, seems forced and false.
Jerry Lee is a man with many different sides: a skilled performer with little discipline, and an. In fact, that flash-forward between the kid and the Killer jumps over a lot of ground, including Lewis' first two marriages. Chicago Sun-Times, film review, June 30, 1989. Upstart rock 'n' roll singer Jerry Lee Lewis Dennis Quaid has just cut a record at Sun Studio. Brown , and eventually marries her to , much to the anger and chagrin of her parents. As played by Quaid perhaps accurately , the Killer comes across as monstrous, egocentric, shallow, irresponsible, selfish and cold - and even his stage performances contain more anger than music.
We use the book as a jumping-off point. Based on a biography by and , the screenplay is written by McBride and Jack Baran. But, his unabashed love of his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Winona Ryder , may ruin his chances. Lewis, played by as a grinning simpleton with a crazy streak and a manic piano style, climbs the same career ladder as many of the stars of musical biographies, but he does it with lightning speed. But the script shies away from the dark side of Lewis - from the long nights of a man who has been surrounded by violence and misery, and whose lifestyle has brought him near death more than once. The film was issued on Blu-ray by Olive Films on February 27, 2018.
. In between, there are some meetings with Lewis' evangelist cousin, Jimmy Swaggart , who warns him he must choose between heaven and hell. The film was in wide release for ten days. Those seeking insights into that marriage will be disappointed by this movie, however, which plays everything so obliquely that we have little idea of what the girl thinks of Lewis, and no idea of what he thinks of her. McBride has a natural feel for the South, and Quaid has the ability to play a charming, libidinous con man. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Released June 8, 1989 Recorded 1988 Length 34: 58 Jerry Lee Lewis An original motion picture soundtrack was released by the producers on the label on June 8, 1989.
And it's in Brown's house that Lewis meets young Myra Gale Brown , who became his bride at the age of 13 it is said she still believed in Santa Claus on her wedding night. That means most of the events in the movie will come as no surprise to students of rock 'n' roll - especially not the scandal when the British press exposed the real age of Lewis' child bride. It was during one of these abusive episodes that Myra informs Jerry Lee that she is , and he collapses into Myra's arms, crying hysterically. In a last-ditch effort to improve his life, Jerry Lee, with Myra in tow, attends one of Swaggart's church services. Brown, who joins his band as the bass player. He died at age forty from a in January 1989, prior to the film's release. The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans.