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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
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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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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"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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Drama | Music

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$10,489,617 (USA)
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A young Trent Reznor appears, with other members of (his band at the time) Exotic Birds in the film as a member of the fictional band, The Problems. See more »

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Patti Rasnick: Music is all that matters. One hour on stage makes up for the other 23.
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References The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952) See more »

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You're Good for Me
Written by Don Covay and Horace Ott
Published by Cotillion Music, Inc. - BMI and Vonglo Music - BMI
Performed by Solomon Burke
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Reasonable Melodrama With a Great Soundtrack
17 December 2003 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Joe (Michael J. Fox) and Patti (Joan Jetti) play in the band `The Barbusters'. They use to play in bars in the suburbs. Patti is the singer of the band and a single mother, has a beautiful son and is very rejected by her mother Jeanette (Gena Rowlands). They do not accept and understand each other. The father of Patti's son is unknown by her family. Patti wants to follow the career of musician, but her brother uses the band indeed as an alternative for the lack of job. Joe is the link between Patti and Jeanette, trying to resolve and absorb their problems. A terminal cancer in Jeanette changes the relationship among the family and cruel revelations are presented in the end, with a final redemption of the characters. The melodramatic screenplay of this movie looks like a Mexican soap opera, but the soundtrack is great. There is a minor participation of Jimmie Vaughn, as the singer of another band (`The Fabulous Thunderbirds'). This movie is not a masterpiece, but entertains, especially if the viewer watches it without any expectation, just for killing time. My vote is five.


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