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Crossroads (1986)

Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old pro who knows it. Together, they're headed to a place where deals are made. And legends are born.

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Lloyd
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Sheriff Tilford
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Pawnbroker
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Robert Johnson
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John McGraw (as Tex Donaldson)
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Eugene is an extraordinary talent in classic guitar, but he dreams of being a famous Blues guitarist. So he investigates to find a storied lost song. He asks the legendary Blues musician Willie Brown to help him, but Willie demands to free him from the old-people's prison first and to really learn the blues on the way to its origin: Mississippi Delta. Eugene doesn't know yet about Willie's deal with the devil, that he now wants to revoke. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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'The Kid' keeps the legend alive.... See more »


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14 March 1986 (USA)  »

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Encrucijada  »

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$2,071,680 (USA) (16 March 1986)

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$5,839,031 (USA)
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Trivia

Arlen Roth was Ralph Macchio's guitar tutor for the film and played many of his pieces. According to Roth on his website, the final duel was arranged from parts played by him, Steve Vai, Ry Cooder and Bill Kanengiser, who did the classical playing throughout the film. Due to a contract dispute, Roth wasn't credited in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Willie and Eugene buy the Telecaster at the pawn shop, they saw off a piece of metal tubing to make Eugene a "bottleneck" to play guitar with. Later, in a close-up, he uses an actual glass bottleneck. See more »

Quotes

Eugene Martone: Where and when for this thing?
Scratch: Ohh, I can get us there real quick... Jack Butler's gonna like you.
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Spoofed in ReBoot: Talent Night (1995) See more »

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COTTON NEEDS PICKIN'
Performed by The Wonders
Written by Richard 'Shubby' Holmes (as Richard Holmes), Otis Taylor, John Price and Frank Frost
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Great Movie, one of my all time favourites
25 July 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Here in Australia at the moment we have a series on the Blues and last week they were talking about going down to the Crossroads and making a pact with the devil. All of a sudden I needed to find my old video tape of the movie 'Crossroads', taped from television when I first saw it in 1986. The movie is one of my all time favourites and I can watch it time and time again.

Ralph Macchio plays the role of a young teenager, finding the blues and wanting to be a blues player instead of classical guitarist that he is training for. Joe Seneca plays the role of Willie Brown and he lives that role as though he really is Willie Brown. The music played in the scene at the end where Eugene gets Scratch to tear up the contract for Willie's soul is magic and brings tears to my eyes every time I see it. Maybe there is a place for both blues and classical.


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