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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanette Rasnick
Bu Montgomery
Cindy Montgomery
Michael Dolan ...
Gene Bodine
Paul J. Harkins ...
Billy Tettore
Benji Rasnick (as Billy Sullivan)
Benjamin Rasnick
Reverend Ansley
Jerry Gideon ...
Cherise Vonae Haugen ...
Yvette Heyden ...


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 <>

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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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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 »


Patti Rasnick: Music is all that matters. One hour on stage makes up for the other 23.
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Written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
Published by Trio Music Co., Inc. - BMI
All rights for U.S.A. and Canada administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. - BMI
Performed by Michael J. Fox, Michael McKean and Paul J. Harkins
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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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