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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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Gypsy
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Mr. Casey
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Tiny (as Louis Anderson)
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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)  »

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El placer de ganar  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,170,215, 17 February 1986

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$7,634,909
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Some of the world's top artistic riders, including four-time world champion Franz Krotochvil, rode in specific sequences in the movie. See more »

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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 »

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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 A Few Good Men (1992) See more »

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The Motown Song
Written and Performed by Larry John McNally
Produced by Gary Katz
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Needed more action, less drama. (spoilers)
5 December 2004 | by 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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