In 1936, William and Helen Hemsley (Brian Geraghty, Amanda Crew) welcome identical twin boys into the world. But their joy is quickly tempered by a sobering realization; how could they give these children any kind of a life beyond the desperate poverty that haunted many families in the midst of the Great Depression? When evangelist Reece Wade (Ray Liotta) reveals that he and his wife Louise (Ashley Judd) cannot have children, William feels the Lord's prompting to give them one of the infant boys. Both brothers are born with passion, drive and awesome musical talent, but take very separate, yet converging paths. Drexel Hemsley (Blake Rayne) rises like a comet and changes the music world forever. His adopted brother, Ryan Wade (also played by Blake Rayne) struggles to find the purpose for his life. All the way into manhood he wrestles with pleasing Reverend Wade, his loving but controlling father, who is convinced his son Ryan is called into the ministry. Ryan is encouraged by his ...Written by
In the cemetery scene on the gravestones, Drexal Hemsley was born Feb 12, 1936 and Dexter Ryan Hemsley was born Oct 4, 1935 (and lived one day) but they are twins?! They should be born on the same day (or adjacent days). This is either a major prop screw up or this is an actual cemetery plot (legality?) and the mother was having twins but lost one child in the 5th month and successfully carried the other to term most likely with hospital involvement and not just a home setting. Regardless, these different dates do not fit the story under any scenario. It would seem like neighbors would know they had twins born on the same day. See more »
Performed by Brandon Johnson
Written by Jeff Janning, Jerry Marcellino and Yochanan Marcellino
(c) 2014 Sidtrea Music/BMI and (c) 2014 City of Peace Music/BMI (Admin. by Music Services, Brentwood, TN) See more »
Both my wife and I were amazed at the depth of the acting ability of Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd. This movie had both of us fully engaged from start to finish. As other reviewers have stated ignore the negative feedback as this movie delivered well beyond anything we anticipated. For those ladies out there keep some Kleenex close by as there are several scenes that will deliver some strong heart tugs. Guys watch and listen closely as history is told and even I was impressed with the directors delivery of years gone by.
This is a rock n roll history and life of a specific individual. It will reference another artist so sit back and enjoy the ride. This is one movie we will keep and share with our family. Kudos to the director and many actors who delivered a movie that fully engaged its audience. This is one of the few that delivers!
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