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Light of Day (1987)

 -  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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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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Patti Rasnick: Music is all that matters. One hour on stage makes up for the other 23.
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Only Lonely
Written by Jon Bon Jovi and David Bryan
Published by Famous Music Corporation - ASCAP
Bon Jovi Publishing - ASCAP
Performed by Bon Jovi
Courtesy of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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good rock, ignore the plot
29 July 2003 | by (Calumet, Mich.) – See all my reviews

Go in with low expectations and it's an acceptable diversion. I can't speak for people who wanted to see "dreamy" Fox act serious or Rowlands act more serious. I went to enjoy Joanie Jett and did, with Michael McKean adding some levity along the way. ----- When this flick first came out, Fox appeared on a talk show promoting it, claiming to be a rock fan, as he particularly enjoyed James Taylor -- yow. That would be like Jay Leno claiming to be a car buff, his favorite model being the horse. After that I was pleased to find that there is some good rock here. The rest is about the level of Family Ties, ok.


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