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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bu Montgomery
Cindy Montgomery
Michael Dolan ...
Gene Bodine
Paul J. Harkins ...
Billy Tettore
Benji Rasnick (as Billy Sullivan)
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 <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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The original title of the script was "Born in the U.S.A." Paul Schrader asked Bruce Springsteen to write a title song for the movie. After Springsteen wrote it, he liked the song so much, he used for his multi-platinum album of the same name instead. As a replacement, Springsteen later wrote the song "Light of Day". That is why Springsteen thanks Schrader in the liner notes of the album. See more »


Smittie: [Joe pays Smittie for some tools Patti stole from his brother-in-law] I like you, you're all right. You've got real family loyalty. Too bad your sister ain't worth it!
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Referenced in Real Wild Child: Joan Jett Music Video Anthology (2003) See more »


Sweet Emotion
Written by Steven Tyler and Tom Hamilton
Published by Daksel Music Corp. Song and Dance Music Co.
(administered in the U.S.A., Canada and U.K. by Unichappell Music, Inc.) - BMI
Performed by Joan Jett
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Excellent thoughtful movie
6 February 2005 | by 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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