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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:

"La rage au ventre, la musique dans la peau." (Rage in the belly, music in the skin) - France DVD case See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Astrocolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The final scene, where the Barbusters perform in front of an adoring crowd, was shot twice. Bits of the first version can be seen in the music video for the song "Light of Day" (where Joan Jett's hair is in a noticeably different, fluffier style). Rolling Stone magazine reported that Jett was not happy with the first version, and asked that this be reshot. Director Paul Schrader said, "I was about to leave the set and wait out the storm in my trailer, but I listened to her arguments, and decided she was right." See more »

Quotes

Smittie: [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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Connections

Referenced in Videoclub (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Rabbit's Got the Gun
Written by Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna
Published by TECO/Barish Music - BMI
Performed by Joan Jett and The Hunzz
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Great script, so-so performances
24 July 2002 | by lizzieloo21See all my reviews

I thought this film had an original story and a great script. Michael J. Fox puts forth a wonderful attempt to make us believe he is Joe Rasnick, aspiring rock performer, and, as always his acting is on the level and heartfelt. Joan Jett, while trying really hard to play the wild and sometimes estranged sister Patti, just can't seem to find the emotion needed to make her role believable (her musical performance doesn't disappoint, though). Gena Rowlands, as usual, is superb in her attempt to make us buy her as Joan Jett's righteous and disapproving mother. All in all entertaining, yet not quite believable.


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