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Quicksilver (1986)

Jack was doing great trading shares until he wasn't. He gets a job on a bike at Quicksilver speed delivery. There he befriends Hector and the cute Terri. Jack gets an enemy in the criminal Gypsy.

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Thomas Michael Donnelly (as Tom Donnelly)

Writer:

Thomas Michael Donnelly (as Tom Donnelly)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Jack Casey
Jami Gertz ... Terri
Paul Rodriguez ... Hector Rodriguez
Rudy Ramos ... Gypsy
Andrew Smith ... Gabe Kaplan
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Mr. Casey
Laurence Fishburne ... Voodoo (as Larry Fishburne)
Louie Anderson ... Tiny (as Louis Anderson)
Charles McCaughan ... Airborne
David Harris ... Apache
Whitney Kershaw Whitney Kershaw ... Rand
Joshua Shelley Joshua Shelley ... Shorty
Georgann Johnson ... Mrs. Casey
Nelson Vails Nelson Vails ... Messenger in Maroon Beret
Lou Dinos Lou Dinos ... Cha Cha
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Jack Casey used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disastrous professional decision, his life in the fast lane is over. He loses his nerve and joins a speed delivery firm which relies on bicycles to avoid traffic jams of San Francisco, is attracted to a fellow bicycler, Terri, and befriends Hector, a budding entrepreneur. Can Jack regain his nerve and his self-respect, and rebuild his life on a more sound basis? Written by Reid Gagle

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For Jack Casey, playing the market was life in the fast lane... until he joined QUICKSILVER where the fast lane was a way of life! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El placer de ganar See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,170,215, 17 February 1986

Gross USA:

$7,634,909
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Bacon also appear in Mystic River (2003). See more »

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As Jack enters the trading floor he takes a stack of trading slips from Chip's hands. A few moments later, his hands are empty and Chip hands him some trading slips again. See more »

Quotes

Jack Casey: Sometimes things don't happen the way you planned, sometimes you could end up lower than you started.
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Referenced in Jon Glaser Loves Gear: Cycling (2016) See more »

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One Summer Day/Dueling Bikes
Written by Bill Wolfer & Dean Pitchford
Produced by Ray Parker Jr.
Performed by Ray Parker Jr. & Helen Terry
Courtesy of Geffen Records & Virgin Records
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Yes, DO go along for the ride with this ex stock broker!
19 March 2006 | by roghacheSee all my reviews

To be honest, it's some years since I saw this movie, so have forgotten most of the story details. However, the film now seems rather obscure and apparently not very well regarded, so I wanted to put in my two cents worth of praise for a movie that, while it may not have been memorable, was certainly entertaining at the time.

The story revolves around a hot shot stock market whiz kid named Jack Casey, who loses not only his own money, but also all his parents' life savings in a failed market deal / stock crash. Devastated by his failure, especially the effect it has on his father, he withdraws completely from the financial world, embarking upon a new career as a bicycle messenger. I enjoyed the unusual theme here, the disillusioned stock broker reverting to a simpler and (supposedly) more carefree lifestyle. Jack befriends his fellow messengers, including a guy, Voodoo, who's involved with delivering the goods for a sleazy drug dealer, and also a girl named Terri, who of course becomes the love interest. Jack and Voodoo plan a bike race, but there's trouble brewing from the drug dealer...

Other plot details? I don't recall them, but Kevin Bacon is adept in the role of Jack, the story catchy enough, and the theme regarding the fleeting nature of wealth always relevant, particularly as related to the stock market. Also, although I'm not personally a cyclist, I quite enjoyed the dashing bicycle sequences, up and down and across the sometimes hilly streets, of (I believe) San Francisco. Don't listen to the naysayers, it's a perfectly entertaining way to spend a couple of hours, and not just for the 1980's nostalgia.


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