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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 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 Patty and Joe Rasnick live in an industrial suburb in Cleveland, Ohio. While Patty is focused on their rock band, The Barbusters, Joe also cares for the family and the upbringing of Patty'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. However, when their mother is dying of terminal cancer, they return home and resolve their problems with her. 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Born in the U.S.A. See more »

Filming Locations:

Crestwood, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,489,617
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Astrocolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Paul Schrader expressed dissatisfaction with this film, particularly its plain visual style: "I had progressed from being a person with a literary vision to a person with a visual vision, and in that film, I tried to, suppress my new literacy" and the casting of Joan Jett: "it's a good performance, but that piece of casting just did not work." See more »

Quotes

Patti Rasnick: Music is all that matters. One hour on stage makes up for the other 23.
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Connections

Referenced in Lucky Numbers (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Only Lonely
Written by Jon Bon Jovi and David Bryan
Published by Famous Music Corporation - ASCAP
Bon Jovi Publishing - ASCAP
Performed by Bon Jovi
Courtesy of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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See it in your life at least once.
4 December 2006 | by jimj409See all my reviews

Back when I was 21, I went with a few friends to see another film (I forget which, now) that had sold out, leaving us with this film as an option that we took.

I was so pleasantly surprised that a film I would otherwise never have bothered with turned out to be so resonant with me.

I expected a teenybopper rock'n'roll picture. This film is nothing close to that. This is a gritty, hard-edged slice of life. It is full of realistic human emotion and genuine observation of actual "rock'n'roll" lifestyle, which for the vast majority of rockers means nightly sharing of a van and a motel room and splitting up a few hundred bucks five or six ways before expenses. The scene in "Motel Hell" where Fox doles out the money (after enumerating the expenses including "forty-five dollars for that tire, and eighteen for the Chinese feast") just struck such a ringingly true chord with me.

The secondary drama, which plays out as you understand that the primary drama (will the band make it?) is already moot (Fox knows that the Barbusters have no chance; Jett continues to chase the dream regardless) commences with the discovery of their mother's illness.

The interplay between Jett and her mother in the hospital as the mother lays dying and they reconcile their long-hardened differences is surprisingly well-played, especially on Joan Jett's part. I expected great acting from the superb Gena Rowlands; I expected zero from Jett and was blown away instead. I'm surprised she never got any other real roles; I found her to be extremely easy on the eyes and quite a lovely and talented actress. Whatever.

The film has a terrific ending. No, they don't make it to the big-time, but you never expect that to happen anyway. It is simply a satisfying ending that matches the size and scope of this terrific film, which was never intended to be anything more than a look at a Cleveland family who has two members who happen to play in a road band.

Catch it once in your lifetime.


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