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Light of Day (1987)

 -  Drama | Music  -  6 February 1987 (USA)
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The siblings Patty and Joe live in an industrial suburb. While Patty's ambition is their rock band "The Barbusters" only, Joe also cares for the family and the upbringing of Patty's young ... 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 live in an industrial suburb. While Patty's ambition is their rock band "The Barbusters" only, 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. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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"I got a little lost along the way, but I'm just around the corner to the light of day." -Bruce Springsteen See more »

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6 February 1987 (USA)  »

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Born in the U.S.A.  »

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$10,489,617 (USA)
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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 »

Quotes

Patti Rasnick: [during a fight with her brother Joe] You really oughta start your own band. Call it The Attitudes.
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References The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952) See more »

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Only Lonely
Written by Jon Bon Jovi and David Bryan
Published by Famous Music Corporation - ASCAP
Bon Jovi Publishing - ASCAP
Performed by Bon Jovi
Courtesy of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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Excellent Emotional Drama
31 July 1999 | by (Atlanta, GA USA) – See all my reviews

This film is notable for two reasons: The excellent writing, and the amazing acting performances of Joan Jett (surprise - this woman can ACT!), and Michael J. Fox.

Mature, heart-wrentching emotional drama centered on the trials of a dysfunctional family headed by matriarch Gena Rowlands - who also gives a stellar performance. Jett should have been nominated for an Oscar for her performance - particularly the scenes with her dying mother. An insightful, brutally honest script coupled with exceptional acting produces a film of unusual emotional power. Very moving and thought-provoking. A must-see, and definitely one of the best films of the 1980s.


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