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Quicksilver (1986)

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Jack Casey used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disastrous professional decision, his life in the fast lane is over. He loses his nerve and joins a speed delivery firm which... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jack Casey
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Terri
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Hector Rodriguez
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Gypsy
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Gabe Kaplan
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
Mr. Casey
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Voodoo (as Larry Fishburne)
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Tiny (as Louis Anderson)
Charles McCaughan ...
Airborne
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Apache
Whitney Kershaw ...
Rand
Joshua Shelley ...
Shorty
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Mrs. Casey
Nelson Vails ...
Messenger in Maroon Beret
Lou Dinos ...
Cha Cha
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Jack Casey used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disastrous professional decision, his life in the fast lane is over. He loses his nerve and joins a speed delivery firm which relies on bicycles to avoid traffic jams of San Francisco, is attracted to a fellow bicycler, Terri, and befriends Hector, a budding entrepreneur. Can Jack regain his nerve and his self-respect, and rebuild his life on a more sound basis? Written by Reid Gagle

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For Jack Casey, playing the market was life in the fast lane... until he joined QUICKSILVER where the fast lane was a way of life! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El placer de ganar  »

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$7,634,909 (USA)
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Trivia

Kevin Bacon's bicycle is a single-speed '84 Raleigh Competition. While no differentiation is made in the film, at least three different configurations are seen on Bacon's bike during the movie: Fixed-gear, single-speed, and outfitted with 0-degree trick forks during various scenes in Bacon's apartment. A possible freewheel is suggested early in the film when Bacon dismounts while in motion and a distinct clicking sound is heard until the bike stops moving. See more »

Goofs

The very first time we see Jack on his bike is a reversed shot. The text on the sign Grand, Olive St and Trans Am on the car are all backwards. See more »

Quotes

Jack Casey: Sometimes things don't happen the way you planned, sometimes you could end up lower than you started.
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Connections

Referenced in Castle: Kill the Messenger (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

One Summer Day (Dueling Bikes)
Performed by Ray Parker Jr. & Helen Terry
Written by Bill Wolfer & Dean Pitchford
Produced by Ray Parker Jr.
Courtesy of Geffen Records & Virgin Records
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As A Kid, I Liked It
19 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this film in the theater, I really liked it. I rode my bike to work all the time and seeing a film where people rode their bikes for a living was really cool.

Now, as an adult who works as a bike messenger in Honolulu, I still enjoy this film, though there are some downsides I see in it that I didn't see as a teenager.

The worst part of the film is the fact that all the bike messengers at Quicksilver are losers of some kind. One used to work for the mayor, former college professors, a former stock broker, etc All losers for whom the job is just something to fall back on after they failed at their life's pursuit. All looking to get out ASAP.

Some messengers may have gotten into it after failing at something else. But most get into it for the money, excitement and the daily rush of adrenaline.

I wish the movie had shown more adrenaline junkies and fewer losers.


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