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Grace of My Heart (1996)

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Release Date
• USA: Sep 13, 1996
DVD Release Date
• R1: Aug 17, 1999

Budget $5,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language, and for some sexuality and drug content.

Running Time
1 hour, 56 minutes

Country USA

Studio Cappa Productions, Gramercy Pictures, Universal

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• Grace of My Heart

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Biography, Marriage

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

Plot: GRACE OF MY HEART is larger in scale than many of writer-director Allison Anders’s films, but the film bears her unmistakable signature, focusing the same attention on the intimate details of a woman’s life that her smaller films do. As the film opens in the 1950s, Edna Buxton (Illeana Douglas) wins a singing contest; she’s promised a recording contract, but when she arrives to New York to collect her prize, she finds out it was really a scam: the labels don’t want female singers. After many frustrating auditions, she runs into a manager, Joel Millner (John Turturro), who convinces her to change her name, put her singing ambitions on hold until the market is right, and focus on writing songs for other singers. This leads her through creative and romantic collaborations with several unreliable men, played by Eric Stoltz, Bruce Davison, and Matt Dillon. The film is a heartfelt tribute to the art of songwriting and features an impressive array of songwriting talent, including Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, and Los Lobos, collaborating on songs reflecting several eras of pop music. Singers Chris Isaak and Shawn Colvin, among other musical talent, appear in small roles.

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 Directed by
Allison Anders
Four Rooms, Gas Food Lodging, Mi vida loca
 Written by
Allison Anders
Four Rooms, Gas Food Lodging, Mi vida loca
Illeana Douglas
Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Ghost World
Richard Schiff
The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Deep Impact, Ray
John Turturro
The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Secret Window
Eric Stoltz
Pulp Fiction, The Butterfly Effect, Say Anything...
Tracy Vilar
K-PAX, Full Frontal, Joe's Apartment
Amanda De Cadenet
Four Rooms, Brokedown Palace, Fall
Sissy Boyd
Gas Food Lodging
 Music By
Larry Klein
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