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Grace of My Heart - Collector's Edition (1996)

Illeana Douglas , Matt Dillon , Allison Anders  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Illeana Douglas, Matt Dillon, Eric Stoltz, John Turturro, Bruce Davison
  • Directors: Allison Anders
  • Writers: Allison Anders
  • Producers: Ruth Charny, Daniel Hassid, Martin Scorsese
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JMOE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,424 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Come along on a spirited fifteen-year journey that follows songwriting sensation Denise Waverly (Illeana Douglas) who struggles to escape the shadow of pop-music icons and ultimately emerges a singer in her own right. From the last 1950s doo-wop era to the psychedelic seventies, Denise's experiences in life and adventures in romance stir her genius and inspire the rich melodies that sustain a music empire.In crafting the hits the whole world sings, Denise draws on her relationships with the men in her life: a brilliant but self-destructive composer (Matt Dillon), and her songwriting partner (Eric Stoltz). And in a hilarious and touching role, John Turturro plays the producer who provides Denise support and guidance during three decades of trials and triumphs.From Executive Producer Martin Scorcese and celebrated writer and director Allison Anders, Grace of My Heart is the lyrical tale of a remarkable woman striving to find her own voice in the male-dominated world of pop music.

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    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Why do I like this so much? June 5, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    First off, I wouldn't normally consider myself a fan of life-affirming womens' stories. I'm supposed to be a spiky intellectual male-type-person. I don't like this kind of music; I prefer loud guitars, anything from the Second Viennese School, atonal improvisation and hip-hop. This film should by rights make me gag.
    And yet, it's so well-written and so beautifully acted that it taps in me some suppressed vein of shameless emotionalism. Ileanna Douglas is brilliant as the geeky songwriter who matures into a sadder and wiser Earth Mother, following various more or less catastrophic relationships with oppressive men. John Turturro is the producer with a very strange beard who keeps a sort-of-brotherly eye out for her. Bridget Fonda has a lovely cameo as the teen idol with the guilty secret. Even Patsy Kensit is good, for crying out loud.
    There's a scene near the end where Turturro confronts Douglas that gets me as near to crying as I ever get about something fictional, and that's saying a lot. Douglas's singing voice is dubbed by Kristen Vigard, whoever she is, and full marks to her. It's not going to make me go out and buy a Carole King CD, but it's a gem of a movie.
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    21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Grace Of My Heart April 28, 2002
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    Though this film will probably not have much appeal to anyone under 40, it is a clever and entertaining look at the most exciting and creative period in pop music history. Many 'stars' of this era are parodied here, and those familiar with the music of the 60's will immediately recognize the characters portrayed. The original music is beautiful, and recorded with incredible authenticty. John Turturro is marvelous as the New York hot-shot music publisher, carefully nurturing his latest discovery, a female songwriter (played by Illeana Douglas) who turns out hit after hit and makes a fortune for herself and the publishing company, but wants only to make her own record as a singer. "Denise" finally gets to do just that, but only after losing two husbands and for a short while, her own mind. This is one of just a few films that I watch at least 3 times a year.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Pulls at My Heart! December 10, 2001
    Format:VHS Tape
    My twenty something daughter & I both love this movie. It was the first time I had seen Illeana Douglas & John Turturro in a movie, & I loved them both. I've found since then that John Turturro is a chameleon, changing physically with each character. I'll never forget Illeana D. in this role--like one of your reviewers said, it's hard to believe she wasn't singing the songs. I loved the music of all the groups in this movie--wish all of the songs were included on the music cd. The girl who sings "God Give Me Strength" was fantastic! As were all singers in this movie. Matt Dillon, Eric Stoltz, & Bruce Davison were excellent, as always. Christina Pickles & Bridget Fonda were great in their small parts, also as usual. I was disappointed that Leonard Maltin gave this movie only 2 1/2 stars, but he does that for a lot of movies that I like. I watched this movie at late night on HBO or some cable channel about two years ago, & became addicted to it, & guess I also infected my daughter. I have ordered a dvd for both of us for Xmas--am looking forward to seeing all the extras. I thought that Edna served as a symbol of the growth of rock music from the early sixties through the eighties. Also, it showed the treatment of a woman in this industry, although probably not as really hard as it was. And, it showed the relationship struggles that real women go through every day. But, it was the music that makes this movie so great for me, & the portrayal of this music & the music business by the great actors.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Great Value DVD, the 'white Dreamgirls'? February 4, 2007
    A lot to recommend here, Illeana Douglas deserved an Oscar nomination, and much more popular recognition than was forthcoming for her terrific performance in what should have been her breakthrough movie. Her portrayal of Denise Waverly (nee Edna Buxton) is just so RIGHT that it has to be seen rather than droned-on about. But drone on, I must, if it might help let people know there is a lot in this movie to savor.
    Ms. Douglas is so excellent that it's tempting to overlook good work of other actors in the movie, but i won't. As the beautiful but snooty British songwriting colleague of Denise's, Patsy Kensit is just perfect, the eventual friendship of the two women unfolds believably and very enjoyably. Douglas and Kensit are terrific in their scenes together.
    Matt Dillon gave one of his best film performances here, Eric Stoltz and John Turturro were spot-on in roles that seemed to be (loosely) based upon Gerry Goffin and Phil Spector. The Edna/Denise character clearly has shadings of Carole King, while Dillon's character seems to have more than a tad of Brian Wilson used as inspiration. Chris Isaak, in a miniscule role, unfortunately, is totally forgettable as Kensit's husband.
    Recapturing what NYC's Brill Building may have been like circa 1963, progressing with a satisfying segue into early 70's Los Angeles, the movie hits all the right notes.
    Members from the girl-group that Denise wrote early hits for nicely weave in and out of the movie, the Patty Duke-esque female teen-star who struggles with her 'Secret Love' provides another memorable segment amongst many.
    The film may have undone itself by not admitting the not-so-subtle maskings of aspects of the lives of Carole King and Phil Spector.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love the music!!!
    Published 11 days ago by Stephanie Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie if you are interested in the roots of rock n roll music
    Excellent casting and very good actors. Music is nostalgic but true for the 1960's era or "one hit wonders" written by the same songwriter but recorded by different... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by S. Leibert
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    loved it
    Published 2 months ago by maine_daisey
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and love story
    Loved this movie, actors were the best. Could not get the theme song out of my head had to get the piano sheet music and buy the DVD.
    Published 3 months ago by Ginger
    5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love this movie
    I absolutely love this movie. It is a classic to my little sister and i. Truely a great movie all thumbs up!!
    Published 3 months ago by winter
    3.0 out of 5 stars the pace of the film and it's easy, rushed resolve are weak points
    As with most reviewers, I found the story to be fascinating, and the acting superb. However,the pace of the film and it's easy, rushed resolve are weak points. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Samuel Stewart
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for musicians, songwriters, and drama lovers
    This movie shows me that Illeana Douglas should have received more starring roles in her career. For me this movie is a "must own".
    Published 5 months ago by James A. Hoppes
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites of all time!!
    I recommend this film all the time. Great fictionalized look at the evolution of popular music. Beautifully cast, AND, best, best, BEST of all - the MUSIC!! Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Miriam
    5.0 out of 5 stars favorite all time movie
    I love the music, the actors, the story, everything. This delightful musical creates fictional versions of Carole King, Beach Boys, the legendary recordmakers & producers of the... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Jennifer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie for music lovers
    Great movie. Love, love, love the music. Downloaded the music after I watched it. If you love the music of Carole King and Burt Baccarac this is a great movie for you.
    Published 6 months ago by Lisa Hoskins
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