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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's ambition is their rock band The Barbusters only, 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'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. However, when their mother is dying of terminal cancer, they return home and finally resolve and absorb their problems with their mother. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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"La rage au ventre, la musique dans la peau." (Rage in the belly, music in the skin) - France DVD case See more »

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Drama | Music

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$10,489,617 (USA)
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This is one of the very few projects that Michael J. Fox has smoked in front of the camera; although a chain smoker, he avoided being photographed with a cigarette out of fear that it would encourage smoking. See more »

Quotes

Patti Rasnick: Music is all that matters. One hour on stage makes up for the other 23.
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Referenced in Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Live! (2001) See more »

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Looks That Kill
Written by Nikki Sixx
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. - BMI
Motley Crue Music, Inc. - BMI
All rights administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Performed by Mötley Crüe (as Motley Crue)
Courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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