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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eugene Martone
Willie Brown
Scratch's Assistant
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Sheriff Tilford
Dr. Santis
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Al Fann ...
Wally Taylor ...
Tom 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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14 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Encrucijada  »

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$5,839,031 (USA)

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As the film opens Robert Johnson is seen plays and sings, with a high pitched soprano voice. But he actually had a deeper voice, the fact that when his recordings were made the speed of the master was slowed down because Johnson's songs were so long they would not "fit" on the recorder, so slowing the device would collect more but raise the pitch when played back. And thus all Robert Johnson's original 78 records play back at a higher pitch than what he actually sang. Modern digital technique allows these recording to be played back at the true and correct pitch with the and speed slowed down which drops the vocal range of Johnson back to his real vocal range and authentic speed value. See more »


When the bartender in Crupp's bar pulls a shotgun to break up the fight, he racks the pump. The gun is a double barrel over-under shotgun that opens up at the back, not a pump-action shotgun. It would not make a pumping sound. See more »


Willie Brown: OK, Mr. Janitor Man. What you want? I ain't made no mess.
Eugene Martone: Willie Brown?
Willie Brown: That's my name.
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Arranged for guitar and Performed by Bill Kanengiser (as William Kanengiser)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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My Favorite Movie of all time
18 January 2004 | by (Hesperia, Michigan) – See all my reviews

I have watched this movie no less than 20 times which is rare for me as I generally don't watch a movie more than 2 or 3 times and that's if I really, really, like it. Everyone in this movie did a fantastic job in my humble opinion.

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