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Grace of My Heart (1996)

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An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers. The film follows her life from her first break... See full summary »

Director:

Allison Anders

Writer:

Allison Anders
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Illeana Douglas ... Denise Waverly / Edna Buxton
Sissy Boyd Sissy Boyd ... Dress Saleswoman
Christina Pickles ... Mrs. Buxton
Jill Sobule Jill Sobule ... Singing Contestant
Jennifer Leigh Warren ... Doris Shelley
Tegan West Tegan West ... M.C. at Talent Show
Richard Schiff ... Audition Record Producer
Natalie Venetia Belcon Natalie Venetia Belcon ... Betty
Kathy Barbour Kathy Barbour ... Sha Sha
John Turturro ... Joel Millner
Diane Robin ... Waitress in Diner
Eric Jerome Kirkland Eric Jerome Kirkland ... Stylette
Irving Washington III Irving Washington III ... Stylette (as Irving Eugene Washington III)
Kurt Jackson Kurt Jackson ... Stylette
Michael Angelo Saulsberry Michael Angelo Saulsberry ... Stylette (as Michael Saulsberry)
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Storyline

An aspiring singer, Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton, sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other singers. The film follows her life from her first break, through the pain of rejection from the recording industry and a bad marriage, to her final triumph. Written by John Deming <jfdeming@sprynet.com>

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For years her songs brought fame to other people. Then she found her own voice.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and for some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sombra de Um Génio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$173,654, 15 September 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$617,632, 6 October 1996
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Allison Anders (during her commentary for the DVD), this was the first time that a movie showed a woman's "water breaking" in the recording studio scene. However, such an event had already been depicted as early as Cinderella Liberty (1973). It was also the first depiction of a woman's sweater getting wet because it was time to breastfeed her baby. Anders also asked for "child care" to be listed in the end credits. See more »

Goofs

Jay Phillips' sunglasses during TV interview. See more »

Quotes

Denise Waverly: What exactly did you like about my record? The thickness of the vinyl?
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Soundtracks

Chewing and Waving
Written and Performed by J. Mascis (as J Mascis)
Produced by J. Mascis (as J Mascis) and Larry Klein
Courtesy of Blanco y Negro/Warner Music UK Limited
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Interesting & Nostalgic...
26 April 2003 | by Blooeyz2001See all my reviews

"Grace Of My Heart" is similar to "Valley Of The Dolls" because the characters, in both films, are "loosely based" on actual people showing their rise & fall in show business. Illeana Douglas plays singer/songwriter Edna Buxton who becomes Denise Waverly. She's based on Carol Klein who became Carole King. A New Yorker who churned out hit after hit in the famous Brill Building. Where some of the action in "Grace Of My Heart" also takes place. John Turturro is based on record producer Phil Spector (complete with bad toupee & the wearing of sunglasses indoors). Matt Dillon fronts "The Riptides" (The Beach Boys). "The Luminaires" are based on girl groups like The Shirelles & The Chiffons. Bridget Fonda portrays "teenaged" angst-ridden, big-haired, bubblegum idol & lesbian Kelly Porter. There's no question that she's based on Lesley Gore. Interestingly, Lesley Gore wrote the tune Bridget lip synch's in the film, "My Secret Love" (which is a homage to Lesley's "You Don't Own Me"). The music in this movie is very good & has that 60's, 70's feel to it. I just wish the soundtrack album had included the tunes "Hey There" & "Grace Of My Heart" by Kristen Vigard who did the vocals for Illeana Douglas. If you like nostalgic movies about pop music like "The Idolmaker", "Grease", "That Thing You Do" & "Hairspray" you'll like this too.


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