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Light of Day (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 6 February 1987 (USA)
A pair of siblings 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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When your family is closing you in, music may be the only way out. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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This film is best known as the first real attempt for Michael J. Fox to take on more serious roles after establishing himself as a comedic star. This is also one of the very few projects that Fox has smoked in front of the camera; although a chain smoker, he avoided being photographed with a cigarette, out of fear that this would encourage smoking. See more »

Quotes

Patti Rasnick: Well well well. They finally got to you. Welcome to the line up. Mom, Reverend Ansley. The whole gang, telling Patti what she can do.
Joe Rasnick: What about Benji?
Patti Rasnick: Already packed.
Joe Rasnick: Go. Go with my blessing.
Patti Rasnick: I will.
Joe Rasnick: Go, go blow out the fucking walls! But you're not taking Benji on the road, not with that metal band.
Patti Rasnick: He's my son, remember?
Joe Rasnick: He's staying here.
Patti Rasnick: With you? With mom?
Joe Rasnick: If necessary.
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Connections

Features Another World (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Do Wah Diddy Diddy
Written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
Published by Trio Music Co., Inc. - BMI
All rights for U.S.A. and Canada administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. - BMI
Performed by Michael J. Fox, Michael McKean and Paul J. Harkins
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Slow Down to appreciate the Light of Day
13 September 2005 | by therectangleSee all my reviews

This movie is not a "rock" movie. It is a "people" movie. The performances turned in by the cast were complete, realistic and believable. I say this from the standpoint of someone (a female) who hammered it out in a working rock band for 20 years... The characters had unfortunate crappy jobs, they DID have problems with their parents and each other, as life on the road is HARD. In fact, out of all the "rock-n-roll" movies I have ever seen, this played out to touch home better than anything else. The person who wrote the scathing review ~ I'd bet my Gibson he was never in a bar band, scraping dimes together, stealing food. And I'd bet my SM57 that he never had to play the cheesy Holiday Inn Lounge. Anyone who thinks being in a working band is fun, easy, nothing but a good time, check out Light Of Day. It will open your eyes. The side-plot of an illness that strikes the family is more than touching and also true to life, as I had the same thing happened to me. The dialogue in the movie is so realistic that I can't watch it without cringing. This movie is the real deal, not some drummed up rock-n-roll fantasy compiled for "wanna be's" or wishful thinkers.


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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,536,309, 8 February 1987

Gross USA:

$10,489,617

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,489,617
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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