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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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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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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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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

As Jack enters the trading floor he takes a stack of trading slips from Chip's hands. A few moments later, his hands are empty and Chip hands him some trading slips again. 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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Referenced in A Few Good Men (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Chamo Candela
Performed by Daiquiri
Written by Rose Soy and Alberto Slezynger
Courtesy of Sonographica
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On your bike
25 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Quicksilver has Jack Casey (Kevin Bacon) playing a hotshot mid 1980s stockbroker in New York (which presumably is the setting.) We see Jack getting a cab driver to race with a bike courier down the roads at the start of the film.

However Casey bets wrong in the stock exchange and loses a lot of money and is all washed up. He has lost his parents money but instead of getting off the floor and fight back which was his father's advice he emerges as a bicycle messenger in San Francisco. Well those hills looked like the streets of San Francisco.

However this bicycle courier firms seems to be made up of a bunch of losers and assorted waifs and strays such as new girl Terri (Jami Gertz) who incidentally all seem to have come from New York.

One of them Voodoo (Larry Fishburne) is mixed up with a sleazy drug dealer for easy money but ends up getting killed by him which Jack has witnessed. Jack becomes fond of Terri but she is also now doing errands for the same drug dealer. Jack also wants to help out another courier to open his own hot dog stand and in order for him to do this he returns to investing in the stock exchange but the stock exchange he worked at seems to have been in San Francisco all along as were his parents.

That is about it plot-wise. Jack trying to find redemption while also taking out with the drug dealer who has been stalking him. Going to the police never entered his mind. Then again in all the pursuits on the streets we never see the police in this movie.

To keep the film moving along we have various bicycle stunt scenes and chase scenes set to 1980s rock music so the film looks like a part rock video.

The more recent movie Premium Rush made a better fist of this kind of film. Quicksilver went into obscurity because its badly written. Kevin Bacon was reportedly unhappy with the finished film. Its geographical setting is awkward. Is it New York LA or San Francisco?

The plot seems to have been diluted where characters such as Jack's parents flit in and out after long gaps. We get to know very little of the other characters in the courier firm, even Fishburne is wasted. The drug dealer subplot comes across as terrible and the romance subplot looked awkward.

Still the 1980s 'greed is good' setting and Giorgio Moroder tinny electro-pop gives it some nostalgia.


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