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Light of Day (1987)

 -  Drama | Music  -  6 February 1987 (USA)
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The siblings Patty and Joe Rasnick live in an industrial suburb in Cleveland, Ohio. While Patty is focused on their rock band, The Barbusters, Joe also cares for the family and the ... See full summary »

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Joe Rasnick
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Jeanette Rasnick
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Bu Montgomery
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Smittie
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Cindy Montgomery
Michael Dolan ...
Gene Bodine
Paul J. Harkins ...
Billy Tettore
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Benji Rasnick (as Billy Sullivan)
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Benjamin Rasnick
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Reverend Ansley
Jerry Gideon ...
Sean
Cherise Vonae Haugen ...
Crystal
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Oogie
Yvette Heyden ...
Laurie
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The siblings Patty and Joe Rasnick live in an industrial suburb in Cleveland, Ohio. While Patty is focused on their rock band, The Barbusters, Joe also cares for the family and the upbringing of Patty's young son, Benji. Their pious mother reproaches them for their way of life, especially when they quit their jobs and go on tour, taking Benji with them. However, when their mother is dying of terminal cancer, they return home and resolve their problems with her. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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When your family is closing you in, music may be the only way out. See more »

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The original title of the script was "Born in the USA". Paul Schrader asked Bruce Springsteen to write a title song for the movie. After Springsteen wrote it, he liked the song so much, he used for his multi-platinum album of the same name instead. As a replacement, Springsteen later wrote the song "Light of Day". That is why Springsteen thanks Schrader in the liner notes of the album. See more »

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Patti Rasnick: Music is all that matters. One hour on stage makes up for the other 23.
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True Love Ways
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A Bittersweet Family Story
1 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film may not be a work of genius, but it touched me deeply in 1987 and it still does. Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox touch a chord literally and figuratively as polar opposite siblings who share a passion for music. Gena Rowlands is absolutely brilliant as the desperately ill mother who clings to her faith for solace and dominates her children out of fear for them. The soundtrack is jam-packed with old-fashioned style rock n' roll. An instrumental piece (titled Elegy) underscores the leaden sadness throughout the film and is ethereal and beautiful. For anyone who has struggled with family strife, there will be familiar territory here. This film is, in my opinion, underrated and worth a second (or a first!) look.


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