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Light of Day (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 6 February 1987 (USA)
A brother and sister must choose whether to pursue their dream of touring with their rock band or support their family and stay in Cleveland, Ohio.

Director:

Paul Schrader

Writer:

Paul Schrader
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael J. Fox ... Joe Rasnick
Gena Rowlands ... Jeanette Rasnick
Joan Jett ... Patti Rasnick
Michael McKean ... Bu Montgomery
Thomas G. Waites ... Smittie
Cherry Jones ... Cindy Montgomery
Michael Dolan Michael Dolan ... Gene Bodine
Paul J. Harkins Paul J. Harkins ... Billy Tettore
Billy L. Sullivan ... Benji Rasnick (as Billy Sullivan)
Jason Miller ... Benjamin Rasnick
Tom Irwin ... Reverend Ansley
Jerry Gideon Jerry Gideon ... Sean
Cherise Vonae Haugen Cherise Vonae Haugen ... Crystal
Michael Rooker ... Oogie
Yvette Heyden Yvette Heyden ... Laurie
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Storyline

The siblings Patti and Joe Rasnick live in an industrial suburb in Cleveland, Ohio, and play in a local rock band, The Barbusters. While Patti is focused on their rock band, Joe is also devoted to the family and the upbringing of Patti'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. In the steamy, smoke-filled clubs in and around Cleveland, they find their happiness living the dream with The Barbusters. Patti and Joe live their lives for one hour in the spotlight on stage, and when the lights go down, their world lights up. With hard times in the family and hard knocks on the job, it's hard rock music at night that keeps them alive. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

"La rage au ventre, la musique dans la peau." (Rage in the belly, music in the skin) - France DVD case See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Just Around the Corner to the Light of Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Crestwood, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,489,617
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Astrocolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bruce Springsteen wrote and composed the song "Light of Day" specifically for the film; Joan Jett performed the song for the film. Paul Schrader original working title for the film was "Born in the U.S.A.". He showed the screenplay to Springsteen to make sure he got the details about a blue-collar band. Springsteen ended up using the title for a song he had been writing about a Vietnam veteran, and as a result, the Barbusters' signature song, which he proved, gave the film its eventual title. From the late 1980s and during the 1990s, Springsteen himself used the song to close his concerts. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Real Wild Child: Joan Jett Music Video Anthology (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

You Got No Place to Go
Written by Alan Poul and Michael J. Fox
Published by TECO/Barish Music - BMI
Performed by Michael J. Fox and Billy L. Sullivan
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Excellent Emotional Drama
31 July 1999 | by Piazza-2See all my reviews

This film is notable for two reasons: The excellent writing, and the amazing acting performances of Joan Jett (surprise - this woman can ACT!), and Michael J. Fox.

Mature, heart-wrentching emotional drama centered on the trials of a dysfunctional family headed by matriarch Gena Rowlands - who also gives a stellar performance. Jett should have been nominated for an Oscar for her performance - particularly the scenes with her dying mother. An insightful, brutally honest script coupled with exceptional acting produces a film of unusual emotional power. Very moving and thought-provoking. A must-see, and definitely one of the best films of the 1980s.


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