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Light of Day (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 6 February 1987 (USA)
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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Jeanette Rasnick
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Bu Montgomery
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Smittie
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Cindy Montgomery
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Gene Bodine
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Billy Tettore
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Jerry Gideon ...
Sean
Cherise Vonae Haugen ...
Crystal
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Yvette Heyden ...
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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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"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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$10,489,617 (USA)
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Paul Schrader expressed dissatisfaction with this film, particularly its plain visual style: "I had progressed from being a person with a literary vision to a person with a visual vision, and in that film, I tried to, suppress my new literacy" and the casting of Joan Jett: "it's a good performance, but that piece of casting just did not work." See more »

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Patti Rasnick: [during a fight with her brother Joe] You know, you got a real tune, little brother. You really oughta start your own band. Call it The Attitudes.
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References The Merv Griffin Show (1962) See more »

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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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