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Falling From Grace (1992)

Claude Akins , Sigmund Balaban  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Claude Akins, Sigmund Balaban, Gary Boebinger, Elizabeth Anne Bowen, Donna Cowles
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ZDTNS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,703 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Singer John Mellencamp makes his acting and directing debut in this heartfelt love story about a famous singer's return to his small-town roots. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry Mc Murtry, FALLING FROM GRACE travels the same rural roads as Mellencamp's best music. Jetting in from Los Angeles, Singer Bud Parks (Mellencamp) and his wife Alice (Mariel Hemingway) return to his Indiana hometown to celebrate his grandfather's 80th birthday. But once there, Bud immediately returns to the wildways of his youth.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Falling From Grace But Showing More New Talent July 24, 2001
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Having been a Mellencamp fan for 20+ years, I must say that he never ceases to amaze me with the versatility of his talents. This movie was no exception! I must admit the movie is even better the second time you see it and each time thereafter; you catch subtlities and details you miss the first time while simply following the plot. Having grown up in a town and being happily transplanted to the country and farm life made this movie even better for me. It is so similar in many ways to the type of life and things that a lot of us "farm folk" experience. The "realness" of the people only served as an incredible tool to further enhance the story and as usual, there is a lesson hidden therein. The scenary is beautiful. I only regret that 5 stars is all I could give it; it deserves more. "Falling From Grace" IS a good movie and my Johnny Boy shows everyone that he can also be a good actor/director. Folks, don't pass this one by, especially if you have ever had any ties to or passion for the country and/or farm life. And be sure to watch it at least twice!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie October 16, 2004
i have no idea why so many folks are bashing this film. sure its not a special effects extravaganza with a huge hollywood budget . but as a movie exploring small town life and the things left behind its pretty good. mellencamp's acting is suttle but pretty decent in my opinion. the ultimate test of a good movie is if it entertains and it did the trick for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first acting/directing debut! August 11, 1999
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JM has shown yet another side of his talent with this movie. It is now clear that this man is more than a musician and an artist -- John Mellencamp is an actor and director who can touch on so many real emotions. Like his songs, this movie is about 'real' people, and how even famous people have to face their demons and deal with life's trials.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mellencamp the Sinner of Seymour June 9, 2007
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John Mellencamp does a sensitive job of directing his first starring
film. He portrays a country singing star who returns to his hometown
of Seymour, Indiana, and soon is wronging his wife, played by sexy
Mariel Hemingway. Mellencamp's dad and grandpa, played by the wonderful
"redneck" actors, Claude Akins and Dub Taylor, are seriously oversexed,
and the curse has descended down to him. Everyone despises his weakness,
himself most of all. Mellencamp resolves his guilt in the most idiotic
way imaginable. Don't try this at home!

I like the verisimilitude of this southern Indiana-shot movie. You
will savor the porches and kitchens, chicken farm, fishin' creek,
roller rink, shot 'n' beer joint, and breakfast diner, where mean Claude
Akins delivers a big plate o' beat-up. Look for folksinger John Prine
as Mellencamp's brother-in-law. Some critics have roasted Mellencamp's
performance; I think he is adequately natural. To sum, it's a "little
movie that could."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
The movie parallels Johns life after the Tony Defries days. I believe that when you return to your hometown after receiving the fame that John had earned people want to treat you different. No matter what you do,or where you go, when you return home the old wounds that have become scars are reopened. I found the movie to be very informative in a metaphorical manner. I am a Huge Mellencamp fan and hope to see you all at the Woodlands show in May. If I were a rich man I would become a Mellenhead and see every show on the U.S Tour.Its one of the few TRUE RnR shows on the Planet.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK first movie... January 4, 2005
I bought this film because I'm a big Mellencamp fan, and Roger Ebert praised it highly. Plus, the script came from Larry McMurtry, author of "Lonesome Dove", "The Last Picture Show", etc.

The good stuff first: Mellencamp proves himself to be an adequate director.

Surprisingly, for a first time out, it's a perfectly fine directorial debut. Nothing flashy...actually it's anti-flashy, befitting the material. No major screw-ups. Close-up, two-shot,'s fine.

He definitely has screen presence, if not real acting chops. He's fine for the role he's in, yet you can see (or feel) the hesitation before lines; he knows when he's supposed to come in...he moves well, but you still get the feeling he's "reading" his lines.

His grandfather is a hoot, and his father malevolent enough for what happens in the film.

Overall though, the movie isn't terribly good. Much of the acting from the other characters seemed forced; the line reading flat. Other characters barely existed at all. There are a lot of characters, by the way. Bud Parks (Mellencamp) has a wife (Mariel Hemingway) and a daughter. He's visiting from Hollywood, as he's a huge country star coming home to visit. He's got a brother, married to Bud's old high school girlfriend (Kay Lenz). They have a passel of kids. He's got a sister, married to some guy, and they have money problems. He's got an illegitimate but widely acknowledged half-brother, who appears to be most close to him. He has a mom, a grandmother, a father and a grandfather...none of whom are divorced, yet spend no time with each other. There's a friend/caretaker/employee or two (or three). Most of the men are clearly scum. Most of the women are saintly, with a few marked exceptions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie. John was a good
Good movie. John was a good actor
Published 1 month ago by lucinda
2.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable
Yikes.... this was a bad one! I love Mellencamp music and was hoping for a Purple Rain type of thing - you know, a decent storyline with the star's music played throughout. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Magnum
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny!!!
I am a HUGE John Mellencamp fan. This is a GREAT movie. If you are a fan do not pass this one up.
Published 11 months ago by Bobby & Leah Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars So So
it was so so. Was alright not any more I can say about that John Cougar isn't good at pictures
Published 14 months ago by Roy Savage
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellancamp's Answer To "Purple Rain"
Much like "Purple Rain", Prince's cinema debut, "Falling From Grace" appears to be a semi-autobiographical movie. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. J. Vicars
3.0 out of 5 stars Your hometown after making it big
That's what "Falling from Grace" (1992) is about. John (Cougar) Mellencamp plays a country star who tries to come home to Indiana, bringing his tall blond wife (Mariel Hemingway)... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Wuchak
5.0 out of 5 stars americanna
If you own tender mercies you should have this movie.It is what I would call Americanna style of movies.Along the lin e of tender mercies.
Published on August 21, 2010 by Brent N. Humphrey
3.0 out of 5 stars weird
didn't get the chemistry... love johnny but what was he doing with her? Awkward and disappointing. Too bad. Could have been a great story!
Published on April 2, 2009 by R. Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellencamp in a great movie
Great movie about small town living with a big star that comes back to shake things up. It's a very good story. Mellencamp is not the star in this movie. The story is.
Published on August 23, 2008 by Russ L. Grubbs
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
This movie is so boring. I appreciate Mellencamp as a muscian but
his acting is stilted and dull, as are most of the performances in
this movie. Read more
Published on December 12, 2007 by DMarie
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