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Quicksilver (1986)

Jack was doing great trading shares until he wasn't. He gets a job on a bike at Quicksilver speed delivery. There he befriends Hector and the cute Terri. Jack gets an enemy in the criminal Gypsy.

Director:

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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Kevin Bacon is Jack Casey. He traded in his three-piece suit for a ten-speed and the streets. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,634,909
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was the first cinema movie that actor Kevin Bacon was seen in after his box-office smash-hit film Footloose (1984) which had been Bacon's breakthrough screen role. Quicksilver (1986), however, was a commercial failure at the global box-office, and went straight to home-video in several territories. See more »

Goofs

During the final chase, Jack's face alternates back and forth from grimy and sweaty to clean between shots. See more »

Quotes

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 Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) See more »

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Mama (He Treats Your Daughter Mean)
Written by Johnny Wallace, Herbert J. Lance and Charles Singleton
Performed by Ruth Brown
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
From the album "Rock & Roll" (1957)
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The Other Side of the Coin
12 September 2018 | by SnowgoSee all my reviews

I enjoyed Quicksilver. Most movies with the theme of renegades I will like. I'm glad Jack turned his back on the stock exchange and found something that made him feel alive. The worlds of messenger and stock broker were vastly different, but ironically similar in some aspects. The reality of the seedy, urban element that abuses parcel deliverers gave Quicksilver a gutty feel. In other words, the movie was not just doing stunts on a fixed-gear bike or barreling down one way streets the wrong way. The character of Hector gave some good context to the movie, and Jack showed his good side by helping him in whatever way he could. What I don't understand about Quicksilver are a couple of scenes where Jack seemed downright mean. One was when the female messenger Terri, played by Jami Gertz, showed up at his door, asking to stay the night because of necessity. Why did Jack have to act like such a @#$%? What was his point? The other scene was when Jack was eating dinner with his mother and father and he brought up the subject of seeing his father cry. He didn't have to say that. He was the one who lost all his father's money, and then insults him for crying about it? The messenger's hat that Jack picked up off the street at the beginning of the movie I expected him to return to its owner. Isn't that just poetic justice? Nothing ever comes of it. While Quicksilver is a little uneven at times and I was a little annoyed by the raucus and dangerous style of cycle riding displayed, this movie gives us a rare glimpse into the individualistic, rebellious, fleeting, demanding and carnival nature of urban bicycle messengers (and their dispatchers). I was convinced that a vital change had taken place in Jack's world view.., a change that would assist him no matter what he did for work in the future.


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