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Crossroads (1986)

R  |   |  Drama, Music, Mystery  |  14 March 1986 (USA)
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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
Robert Judd ...
Jack Butler
John Hancock ...
Sheriff Tilford
Dr. Santis
Beautiful Girl / Dancer
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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 <>

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14 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Encrucijada  »

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$5,839,031 (USA)

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Though the blues guitar sounds aren't truly coming from Ralph Macchio's fingers, he plays the music of Steve Vai and Ry Coodernote for note. His fingering, slides, and bends are precise until the "main" solo, which incorporates Paganini's 5th Caprice, where he does not finger the correct locations on the guitar. He mostly uses the same pattern (scale on the top frets, then another one in the bottom frets). The scales shift and change sound, but his patterns remain the same. See more »


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 »


Willie Brown: Oh, shit. Here we go, a little soul from the golden ghetto.
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Referenced in On the Waterfront: Episode #1.6 (1988) See more »


Written and Performed by Steve Vai and Ry Cooder
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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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