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Grace of My Heart

Grace of My Heart
Grace of My Heart
Grace of My Heart
  • R
  • 1h 55m
  • 1996
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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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Charming tale of songwriter finding her voice has profanity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Grace of My Heart is a 1996 film that is a very loose interpretation of the life of songwriter Carole King. It spans the late 1950s to the early 1970s, and there's frequent cigarette smoking, beer drinking, and marijuana smoking. A character commits suicide by drowning. We see a topless woman outside on a commune. As the movie covers the heyday of Brill Building songwriters who are trying to make sense of the changing times and attitudes, the songwriters observe firsthand and sing about topics such as extramarital affairs, wedlock, abortion, and closeted lesbians. "F--k" is frequently used, and there also are outdated words such as "Negro." The movie offers an intriguing glimpse into the craft of pop songwriting -- not only coming up with catchy hooks and memorable melodies but also observing how people are experiencing the world and trying to convey that through lyrics. The lead character, played by Illeana Douglas, attains success at a time when the music industry was much more of a boys' club than it is today, and she displays tremendous resiliency, perseverance, and good humor through the tremendous highs and lows of her musical career and love life.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:September 13, 1996
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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