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 overview, first billed only:
Jack Casey
Hector Rodriguez
Gabe Kaplan
Mr. Casey
Voodoo (as Larry Fishburne)
Tiny (as Louis Anderson)
Charles McCaughan ...
Whitney Kershaw ...
Joshua Shelley ...
Mrs. Casey
Nelson Vails ...
Messenger in Maroon Beret
Lou Dinos ...
Cha Cha


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 »


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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Tony Award-winning choreographer Grover Dale designed an informal pas-de-deux between Kevin Bacon and Whitney Kershaw with Bacon performing his routine on his bicycle. Bacon was required to train extensively for this scene with Kershaw who played a ballerina and Bacon's girlfriend in the early part of the film. See more »


When Jack is chasing the rider while in the cab in the first scene you see the rider move his right shift lever forward to increase his speed. When they show the close up of the gears shifting on his bike the chain is moving to a larger cog instead of dropping to s smaller cog. The chain would only move to a larger cog if the right shift lever was puller backward. See more »


Jack Casey: Sometimes things don't happen the way you planned, sometimes you could end up lower than you started.
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Referenced in Video Violence (1987) See more »


Suite Streets (Main Titles)
Composed by Thomas Newman (uncredited)
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Needed more action, less drama. (spoilers)
5 December 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

'Quicksilver' is not a bad start at what could've been a much better movie, if only they hadn't substituted an awkward love story for good suspense. This is the story of a highly acclaimed stock broker (Kevin Bacon as "Jack Casey") who loses everything in the crash. Absconding from the scene like an athlete who's no long in his prime, he takes a job as a bicycle messenger. He's left everyone wondering whether Jack Casey is ready for a comeback.

However, most of the movie transpires on dramatic fluff until we actually get to the good part of the story. That is, when Jack, in trying to save his friend, Voodoo (Larry Fishburne) from a sleazy drug dealer that he gets mixed up with, Jack eventually becomes the target of the dealer. And from this, you get one or two action sequences, to breakup the mundane dramatic lull of the rest of the movie which includes the awkward romance between Jack and another bike messenger/nomad (who is also running from her past), Terri (Jami Gertz).

The story tends to drag at points and, given the shifting genres at point (probably done so to pick up the pace), I'd recommend this for those who don't mind trying out obscure movies, especially ones that serve up extra helpings of an 80s nostalgia trip (and you would probably have to be, since you've found the page for it). There's some good moments, and it's still entertaining for the most part.

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