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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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Where second best never gets a second chance. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Encrucijada 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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Ry Cooder, the film "went down the tubes". See more »

Goofs

At 1:26:40, when Eugene plugs in his guitar, he's wearing a hat. The camera cuts to Scratch entering the room; when it goes back to Eugene, his hat is gone. 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

BUTLER'S BAG
Written and Performed by Steve Vai and Ry Cooder
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Great Movie, one of my all time favourites
25 July 2005 | by pal71153See all my reviews

Here in Australia at the moment we have a series on the Blues and last week they were talking about going down to the Crossroads and making a pact with the devil. All of a sudden I needed to find my old video tape of the movie 'Crossroads', taped from television when I first saw it in 1986. The movie is one of my all time favourites and I can watch it time and time again.

Ralph Macchio plays the role of a young teenager, finding the blues and wanting to be a blues player instead of classical guitarist that he is training for. Joe Seneca plays the role of Willie Brown and he lives that role as though he really is Willie Brown. The music played in the scene at the end where Eugene gets Scratch to tear up the contract for Willie's soul is magic and brings tears to my eyes every time I see it. Maybe there is a place for both blues and classical.


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