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That having been said, it's a fun romp that follows the typical Hollywood rock & roll musical bio-pic formula: young man has a new sound, while performing someone says "we can't play that music here, these people will kill us!" He does anyway and it becomes a big hit, then scandal strikes and his career takes a tumble. There are the typical scenes of performing, watching the music charts, montages of Jerry Lee's career, screaming fans, and so forth. Several legendary incidents are receated, such as burning the piano when he has to perform before Chuck Bery and Elvis showing up at the Sun studios as he leaves for the army. This is all done at a breakneck pace, with humor and fun. Music from the period is used liberally throughout the film, adding to the mood and the humor.
Through all this is the impression the Jerry Lee is desparate for attention. He lives for the spotlight and being noticed. He is truly happy when people are going crazy over him, and gets very upset if he is not accepted as he is.
The question of the morality of a 23-year-old, twice married but only once divorced man marrying his 13-year-old 2nd cousin is not truly answered. Though it does cause the big scandal, the characters are played as so naive and in love, one can sympathize with them even as certain people may recoil.Read more ›
I mean, his "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On" has been one of the very greatest rock and roll anthems ever.
And he is without peer as a country artist. Nobody has ever sung a more significant country song than "Another Place, Another Time," or "She Still Comes Around To Love What's Left Of Me."
But what I can't understand is why Dennis Quaid played him to be as squirrely as he comes across.
Because if Jerry Lee had any say-so as to how he was portrayed, I just can't see him giving the OK to what came out on film.
I could see arrogant, or supremely self-assured, or cock-sure, or brash, or even pushy, but not strangely almost effeminate, as Dennis Quaid has portrayed him.
Jerry Lee was and is supremely talented, but I can't believe that he ever had a single day where he acted as off-the-wall as Dennis Quaid made him out to be.
And the fact that he married his 13 year-old 2nd cousin, I think she was, was not even that far-fetched, given the time and place.
But anyway, the movie is terrific, just seeing the history of how Jerry Lee was exposed to the kind of music that formed his background. Also, seeing the cars that were commonplace in the fifties, such as the Olds 98s and the Cadillac El Dorados makes it a fun movie to watch.
Oh, for those good old days, when we really did drive those cars, and listen to and dance to that music.
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You can tell its copied from some illegal DVD and IT WON'T PLAY. Sending it back. This seller had good reviews but this DVD did not work.Published 2 months ago by Lee Cassell
I didn't know needs to be plays n special dvd,because has different zone or differente dvd player but thanks i love this moviePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Terrific Acting of entire cast worth watching again & again! Amazing resilience in a man who's life was tortured by prejudice from all sides! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dawn Annette Bragg