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Quicksilver (1986)

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

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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
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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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Speeding towards the final -- and deadly -- showdown... See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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14 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El placer de ganar  »

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$7,634,909 (USA)
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Actor Kevin Bacon trained for four months riding a track bike which had no gears and no brakes. The serious bike messengers claim that the track (or 11 fix") bike affords them more control and in effect becomes an extension of their bodies. Bacon sought first-hand experience by riding in New York, along with writer-director Thomas Michael Donnelly, who himself had worked as a bike messenger while writing the script. Bacon said: "It's really a terrifically exciting thing because you have so many brushes with death. You're constantly getting cut off by cars and you see a hole and you just make a run for it. You have this kind of relationship to the city as a structure that you don't have on foot or in a car". See more »

Goofs

During the race just before Gypsy runs over Voodoo, the camera truck, crew and fill light can be seen reflected in several consecutive shop windows. 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 My Boys: Hanger Management (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Through The Night (Love Theme)
Performed by John Parr & Marilyn Martin
Written by John Parr & Geoff Lyth
Produced by John Parr
Courtesy of Atlantic Records & Phonogram International
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Yes, DO go along for the ride with this ex stock broker!
19 March 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

To be honest, it's some years since I saw this movie, so have forgotten most of the story details. However, the film now seems rather obscure and apparently not very well regarded, so I wanted to put in my two cents worth of praise for a movie that, while it may not have been memorable, was certainly entertaining at the time.

The story revolves around a hot shot stock market whiz kid named Jack Casey, who loses not only his own money, but also all his parents' life savings in a failed market deal / stock crash. Devastated by his failure, especially the effect it has on his father, he withdraws completely from the financial world, embarking upon a new career as a bicycle messenger. I enjoyed the unusual theme here, the disillusioned stock broker reverting to a simpler and (supposedly) more carefree lifestyle. Jack befriends his fellow messengers, including a guy, Voodoo, who's involved with delivering the goods for a sleazy drug dealer, and also a girl named Terri, who of course becomes the love interest. Jack and Voodoo plan a bike race, but there's trouble brewing from the drug dealer...

Other plot details? I don't recall them, but Kevin Bacon is adept in the role of Jack, the story catchy enough, and the theme regarding the fleeting nature of wealth always relevant, particularly as related to the stock market. Also, although I'm not personally a cyclist, I quite enjoyed the dashing bicycle sequences, up and down and across the sometimes hilly streets, of (I believe) San Francisco. Don't listen to the naysayers, it's a perfectly entertaining way to spend a couple of hours, and not just for the 1980's nostalgia.


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