2 firemen in a burning building get a treasure map. Stolen gold church items are hidden in a closed down factory in St. Louis. Once there, they're trapped in by a black gang considering it their territory. Lots of shooting.
Eugene is an extraordinary talent in classic guitar, but he dreams of being a famous Blues guitarist. So he investigates to find a storied lost song. He asks the legendary Blues musician Willie Brown to help him, but Willie demands to free him from the old-people's prison first and to really learn the blues on the way to its origin: Mississippi Delta. Eugene doesn't know yet about Willie's deal with the devil, that he now wants to revoke.Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
As the film opens Robert Johnson is seen playing and singing, with a high-pitched soprano voice. Allegedly, he actually had a deeper voice--when his recordings were made the speed of the master was slowed down because Johnson's songs were so long they would not "fit" on the recorder, so slowing the device would collect more but raise the pitch when played back. That's why all of his original 78-rpm records play back at a higher pitch than what he actually sang. Modern digital technique allows these recordings to be played back at the true and correct pitch with the speed slowed down, which drops his vocal range back to his real one and the authentic speed value. See more »
When the bartender in Crupp's bar pulls a shotgun to break up the fight, he racks the pump. The gun is a double barrel over-under shotgun that opens up at the back, not a pump-action shotgun. It would not make a pumping sound. See more »
Is somebody saying he ain't been believing when I've been speaking?
That's right, Willie, I'm saying you're full of shit! You know something, everytime you mention Fulton's Point, nobody's ever even heard of the godamned place! And I'm starting to think you're just a con-man who used me just to get your ass out of a nursing home!
[Willie and Eugene start to walk away from each other on opposite sides of the road]
Where are you going?
Look, you smart-assed kids, you don't need me! I do my ...
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This is a really, really good movie and I don't understand why no one ever mentions it or why it is never on cable.
It has everything that I love in a movie: good story, great characters well acted, fine comedy and powerful touching drama. Ralph Macchio is a brilliant young guitar student, Eugene Martone, at Julliard (or some other equally good music school) who does not want to play Mozart. He wants to play guitar like his idol, a long dead blues guitar legend. In search of his dreams, he breaks an elderly black blues player out of a prison nursing home.
The two of them go on an odyssey to the Mississippi Delta in quest of memories and dreams. As in any odyssey, they meet a variety of fascinating and/or dangerous characters along the way. Eugene must also overcome the obstacles and tests that all those who quest must face - until it is time to face the ultimate test against the greatest blues guitarist in the Delta.
I enjoy music, but my knowledge is superficial. I probably wouldn't know a good guitar riff from a raft, but even I could recognize awesome guitar work in the final sequence of Crossroads.
So, if you like good movies and good acting and great guitar music, please check out Crossroads. If enough of us spread the word, it may no longer be a forgotten classic.
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