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Great Balls of Fire
Director: Jim McBride (Dir)
Release Date:   1989
Premiere Information:   Los Angeles and New York openings: 30 Jun 1989
Duration (in mins):   108
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Cast:   Dennis Quaid (Jerry Lee Lewis)  
    Winona Ryder (Myra Gale Lewis)  
    Alec Baldwin (Jimmy Swaggart)  
    Lisa Blount (Lois Brown)  
    Trey Wilson (Sam Phillips)  


Production Company: Orion Pictures  
Distribution Company: Orion Pictures  
Director: Jim McBride (Dir)
Producer: Adam Fields (Prod)
Writer: Jack Baran (Scr)
  Jim McBride (Scr)
Photography: Affonso Beato (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: David Nichols (Prod des)
Film Editor: Lisa Day (Film ed)
  Pembroke Herring (Film ed)
  Bert Lovitt (Film ed)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the book Great Balls of Fire: The Uncensored Story of Jerry Lee Lewis by Myra Lewis with Murray Silver (New York, 1982).
Authors: Myra Lewis
  Murray Silver

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Orion Pictures Corporation 22/8/1989 dd/mm/yyyy PA423105

Physical Properties: Sd:

Genre: Biography


Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Hollywood Reporter   29 Jun 1989   p. 4, 23.
Los Angeles Times   30 Jun 1989   p. 1.
New York Times   30 Jun 1989   p. 8.
Variety   5 Jul 1989   pp. 18-19.

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