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Quicksilver (1986)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  14 February 1986 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Jack Casey
Hector Rodriguez
Andrew Smith ...
Gabe Kaplan
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
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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Kevin Bacon is Jack Casey. He traded in his three-piece suit for a ten-speed and the streets. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El placer de ganar  »

Box Office


$7,634,909 (USA)

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The Pacific Stock exchange in San Francisco options floor was used in several scenes. The former stock building is now a Equinox fitness center on Pine & Sansome (financial district of San Francisco). See more »


Jacks hair is noticeably shorter from the time he leaves Hector at the Hospital, to finding Terri on his doorstep. 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 My Boys: Hanger Management (2010) See more »


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Written by Alice Wills, Peter Rodgers Melnick (as Peter R. Melnick) & Greg Mathieson
Produced by Greg Mathieson
Instrumental Introduction Composed by Peter Rodgers Melnick (as Peter R. Melnick)
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quicksilver as an alternative life promoter
28 May 2006 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

I liked quicksilver and still do today after 20 years of its release date. Instead of looking at Quicksilver as a bunch of losers who ran a bike, I appreciated the kevin Bacon part as a character who suffered from a severe setback, and found in cycling a way to overcome depression and become a loser. The initial scene where he goes on a taxi and paid the taxi driver to race a bike courier, show how fascinated he was by this "alternative life", representing more freedom, athletic performance, and no ties to an office or a company organization. For me this was the main interest of Quicksilver, besides its music, which is quite good.

As a negative point, I regret that none of the characters, followed a different path to its life, as a result of the quicksilver experience, and in fact they all dream of having a regular job, making more money, etc. In fact the script is light, trying to please a large audience, and I think the movie was reasonably successful at the time it was released. I recommend viewing it or buying the DVD.

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