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Grace of My Heart


Illeana Douglas stars in this fifteen-year journey that follows a songwriting sensation who struggles to escape the shadow of pop music icons and emerge as a singer in her own right.

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- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- David Rooney, Variety, Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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3 stars

Grace of my Heart is loosely based on the life of real life singer/songwriter Carol King who yearns to break free of her privileged suburban upbringing to become a pop music singer but instead defers her dreams of pop stardom settling for a career as a songwriter. Moving to New York she meets famous song manager Joel Millner (John Tuturro) who helps her on the road to stardom and becomes her lifelong friend and confidant. Changing her name to Denise Waverley she writes a number of hits and becomes a famous and much sought after name in the music industry. She faces a lot of tragedies including the suicide of her husband Brian Wilson (played by Matt Dillon) but she overcomes all the hardship and gets her life back on track and produces and brings out her own new album which sells over a million copies. Illeana Douglas does a credible turn in the title role, Patsy Kensit plays Denise's longtime songwriting partner and loyal gal pal Cheryl Steed and a very young Bridget Fonda portrays the teenage closeted lesbian and pop singer Kelly Porter.

- xxdebxx, Saturday, April 23, 2011

4 stars

Big fan of Illeana Douglas & loved watching her act alongside John Toturro. Could've been tightened up a bit here and there, but was still a good story that indeed reminded me of Carole King.

- KRider555, Thursday, April 6, 2006

4 stars

Very good movie!!! Good Music too. Matt Dillon reminds me of The wilson Beach Boy, just how he turns out evenutally. Illeana Douglas did a great job in this one..Love it!

- arynne23, Friday, December 19, 2008