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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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Taglines:

"I got a little lost along the way, but I'm just around the corner to the light of day." - Bruce Springsteen See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Gross USA:

$10,489,617
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Astrocolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A young Trent Reznor appears, with other members of (his band at the time) Exotic Birds in this film as a member of the fictional band, The Problems, as well as a local teen band, The Pelicans, as The Bubblegummers. See more »

Quotes

Patti Rasnick: [during a fight with her brother Joe] You know, you got a real tune, little brother. You really oughta start your own band. Call it The Attitudes.
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Connections

References The Merv Griffin Show (1962) 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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One of my favorite Michael Fox movies.
26 May 2003 | by swedensmSee all my reviews

I never enjoyed the cutesy characters they always have Fox portray. Here he does a great job as a "regular", decent guy who is loyal to his family and just wants to know what his dream is. I think that Joan Jett did a fantastic job -- not too many musicians can cross over so well into movies. Fox and Jett are believable as brother and sister and Gena Rowlands is always incredible.

I think this movie was panned because people expect Mr. Fox to be silly and boyish (two things that he wasn't in this movie.) Good for you, Michael.


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