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Crossroads (1986)

Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old pro who knows it. Together, they're headed to a place where deals are made. And legends are born.

Director:

Walter Hill

Writer:

John Fusco
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Macchio ... Eugene Martone
Joe Seneca ... Willie Brown
Jami Gertz ... Frances
Joe Morton ... Scratch's Assistant
Robert Judd Robert Judd ... Scratch
Steve Vai ... Jack Butler
Dennis Lipscomb ... Lloyd
Harry Carey Jr. ... Bartender
John Hancock ... Sheriff Tilford
Allan Arbus ... Dr. Santis
Gretchen Palmer ... Beautiful Girl / Dancer
Al Fann ... Pawnbroker
Wally Taylor Wally Taylor ... O.Z.
Tim Russ ... Robert Johnson
Tom Donaldson Tom Donaldson ... John McGraw (as Tex Donaldson)
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Storyline

Eugene is an extraordinary talent in classic guitar, but he dreams of being a famous Blues guitarist. So he investigates to find a storied lost song. He asks the legendary Blues musician Willie Brown to help him, but Willie demands to free him from the old-people's prison first and to really learn the blues on the way to its origin: Mississippi Delta. Eugene doesn't know yet about Willie's deal with the devil, that he now wants to revoke. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Trivia

The guitar duel was originally about 15 minutes long. It was edited to the last two minutes or so to heighten the impact of the scene. See more »

Goofs

At the time the movie was filmed, Julliard did not offer classes in classical guitar. See more »

Quotes

Eugene Martone: I'm a blues man!
Willie Brown: Blues man shit.
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Connections

Spoofed in ReBoot: Talent Night (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

WALKIN' BLUES
Written by Sonny Terry and Ry Cooder
Performed by Sonny Terry (harmonica) and Ry Cooder (guitar)
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Slow moving rocket of a movie
24 August 2000 | by tshodanSee all my reviews

This movie starts slow and begins moving quickly as we see an outstanding modern version of faust (more like the Devil went down to Georgia). The end is a spectacular show down between Ralph Machio on a classic guitar vs. A rock & roll demon.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crossroads See more »

Filming Locations:

Murphy, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,071,680, 16 March 1986

Gross USA:

$5,839,031

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,839,031
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White (partial)| Color | Black and White (partial)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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