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Light of Day (1987)

PG-13  |   |  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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"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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$10,489,617 (USA)
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The final scene, where the Barbusters perform in front of an adoring crowd, was shot twice. Bits of the first version can be seen in the music video for the song "Light of Day" (where Joan Jett's hair is in a noticeably different, fluffier style). Rolling Stone magazine reported that Jett was not happy with the first version and asked that it be reshot. Director Paul Schrader said, "I was about to leave the set and wait out the storm in my trailer... but I listened to her arguments and decided she was right." See more »

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Smittie: [Joe pays Smittie for some tools Patti stole from his brother-in-law] I like you, you're all right. You've got real family loyalty. Too bad your sister ain't worth it!
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References The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952) See more »

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I Spy (for the F.B.I.)
Written by Richard 'Popcorn' Wylie and Herman Kelly
Published by Briarbert Publishing - BMI/Trio Music Co., Inc. - BMI
All rights for U.S.A. and Canada administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. - BMI
Performed by The Untouchables
Courtesy of MCA Records and Stiff Records
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Slow Down to appreciate the Light of Day
13 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is not a "rock" movie. It is a "people" movie. The performances turned in by the cast were complete, realistic and believable. I say this from the standpoint of someone (a female) who hammered it out in a working rock band for 20 years... The characters had unfortunate crappy jobs, they DID have problems with their parents and each other, as life on the road is HARD. In fact, out of all the "rock-n-roll" movies I have ever seen, this played out to touch home better than anything else. The person who wrote the scathing review ~ I'd bet my Gibson he was never in a bar band, scraping dimes together, stealing food. And I'd bet my SM57 that he never had to play the cheesy Holiday Inn Lounge. Anyone who thinks being in a working band is fun, easy, nothing but a good time, check out Light Of Day. It will open your eyes. The side-plot of an illness that strikes the family is more than touching and also true to life, as I had the same thing happened to me. The dialogue in the movie is so realistic that I can't watch it without cringing. This movie is the real deal, not some drummed up rock-n-roll fantasy compiled for "wanna be's" or wishful thinkers.


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