Doug is a young man who works all day as a concierge at a luxurious hotel, saving money to make his own business. Unfortunately, when he finds the financial supporter he needs, he discovers... See full summary »
Michael J. Fox,
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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>
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 »
[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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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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