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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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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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When your family is closing you in, music may be the only way out. See more »

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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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Rescue Me
Written by Raynard Miner and Carl Smith
Published by Chevis Publishing Corp. - BMI
Performed by The Motion
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Excellent thoughtful movie
6 February 2005 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

This memorable movie was written and directed by Paul Schrader, who had already written several legendary Scorsese movies , and written and directed the excellent, underrated Blue Collar. It explores conflict in a working class family, focusing on an angry, defiant young single mother (played by a strikingly assured Joan Jett)and her well intentioned brother (a tormented Michael J Fox), who have a rock and roll band together, and their manipulative mother (Gena Rowlands -- need one say more?). Like many Paul Schrader films, it is about people fumbling toward their true selves, truth and meaning in a world of pain and guilt. The heartfelt Springsteen title song is no accident. The movie contains three superb leading performances and is a moving, involving and spiritual film.


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