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Quicksilver (1986)

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... See full summary »

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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 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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Storyline

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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Speeding towards the final -- and deadly -- showdown... See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Calling upon his background as a mainstream Screenwriter, painter and experimental filmmaker, Thomas Michael Donnelly brings a strong visual sense to his work. Donnelly said: "I try to see things in terms of where they are placed. To me, the surroundings speak as loudly as the characters." See more »

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When Jack is chasing the rider while in the cab in the first scene you see the rider move his right shift lever forward to increase his speed. When they show the close up of the gears shifting on his bike the chain is moving to a larger cog instead of dropping to s smaller cog. The chain would only move to a larger cog if the right shift lever was puller backward. See more »

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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 Will & Grace: Lows in the Mid-Eighties: Part 1 (2000) See more »

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Shortcut To Somewhere
Written by Tony Banks and Fish
Produced by Richard James Burgess
Performed by Fish and Tony Banks
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd. and Atlantic Records
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Needed more action, less drama. (spoilers)
5 December 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

'Quicksilver' is not a bad start at what could've been a much better movie, if only they hadn't substituted an awkward love story for good suspense. This is the story of a highly acclaimed stock broker (Kevin Bacon as "Jack Casey") who loses everything in the crash. Absconding from the scene like an athlete who's no long in his prime, he takes a job as a bicycle messenger. He's left everyone wondering whether Jack Casey is ready for a comeback.

However, most of the movie transpires on dramatic fluff until we actually get to the good part of the story. That is, when Jack, in trying to save his friend, Voodoo (Larry Fishburne) from a sleazy drug dealer that he gets mixed up with, Jack eventually becomes the target of the dealer. And from this, you get one or two action sequences, to breakup the mundane dramatic lull of the rest of the movie which includes the awkward romance between Jack and another bike messenger/nomad (who is also running from her past), Terri (Jami Gertz).

The story tends to drag at points and, given the shifting genres at point (probably done so to pick up the pace), I'd recommend this for those who don't mind trying out obscure movies, especially ones that serve up extra helpings of an 80s nostalgia trip (and you would probably have to be, since you've found the page for it). There's some good moments, and it's still entertaining for the most part.


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