Crossroads

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Overview

A passion for blues music is evident in this drama based on a contest-winning script by former blues musician John Fusco -- and featuring one of the decade's best-received motion picture soundtracks, written and performed by Ry Cooder. Eugene Martone Ralph Macchio is a classically trained guitarist who desperately wants to locate a long-lost blues song. At a Harlem nursing home, Eugene finds Willie Brown Joe Seneca, a legendary blues man who may be able to help him. Eugene becomes part of the master guitarist's ...
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Overview

A passion for blues music is evident in this drama based on a contest-winning script by former blues musician John Fusco -- and featuring one of the decade's best-received motion picture soundtracks, written and performed by Ry Cooder. Eugene Martone Ralph Macchio is a classically trained guitarist who desperately wants to locate a long-lost blues song. At a Harlem nursing home, Eugene finds Willie Brown Joe Seneca, a legendary blues man who may be able to help him. Eugene becomes part of the master guitarist's scheme to reclaim his soul from the Devil, which he sold in exchange for musical greatness at a rural crossroads many decades before. Making their way across the Mississippi Delta, the duo meets Frances Jami Gertz, a runaway who becomes a love interest for Eugene. After launching his career with the sale of his script for Crossroads 1986, which is loosely based on the mythical character of Faust and a fable involving real-life blues legend Robert Johnson played in the film by Tim Russ, Fusco went on to write the highly successful Young Guns 1988.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/1992
  • UPC: 043396606654
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Macchio Eugene Martone
Joe Seneca Willie Brown
Jami Gertz Frances
Joe Morton Scratch's assistant
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
Tim Russ Robert Johnson
Akosua Busia Woman at boardinghouse
Diana Bellamy Hospital Supervisor
Gloria Delaney Jookhouse Woman #1
Tex Donaldson John McGraw
Terry L. Evans Keyboard
Al Fann Pawnbroker
Winifred Freedman
Frank Frost Harmonicist/Vocalist
Alan Lee Graf Alvin
Deborra Hampton Jookhouse Woman
Le Van Hawkins Jookhouse Man
Karen Huie
Guy Killum Willie at 17
Debra Laws
Robert Miranda
Leslie Morris Bus Station Clerk
Agnes Narciso Miss Narciso
Jo Marie Payton-France Jookhouse Woman
Natasha Peacock Young Girl at Crossroads
John Price Drum
Johnny M. Reyes Orderly
Diane Robin Nurse
Angela Louise Robinson Jookhouse Woman
Jason Ross Jookhouse Man
J.W. Smith Man at Auto Wrecking Yard
Otis Taylor Lead Guitar
Wally Taylor O.Z.
Robin Townsend
Royce Wallace Hotel Proprietress
Edward Walsh Harley Terhune
Richard Shubby Holmes Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Walter Hill Director
John Bailey Cinematographer
Thomas Baum Screenwriter
Mark Carliner Producer
Lawrence James Cavanaugh Special Effects
Jack T. Collis Production Designer
Ry Cooder Score Composer
Freeman Davies Jr. Editor
John Fusco Screenwriter
Michael Germain Makeup
Albert Heschong Art Director
Dan Moore Costumes/Costume Designer
Nancy Patton Set Decoration/Design
Barbara Siebert-Boticoff Costumes/Costume Designer
James Tocci Set Decoration/Design
Tim Zinnemann Producer
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2004

    Yes we need this on DVD!!!

    Ditto to Derek & Renee Nobody wants this on VHS...this movie begs to be on DVD!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    Crossroads on DVD

    I would buy this movie in a minute for however much money cause I Love It.. However I am not going to buy it on VHS.. I dont understand why this movie is not on DVD and it needs to be.. I will buy it just as soon as it goes on DVD though I am sure your not worried about my 20 dollars and this movie with your whole buissiness going on but I thought it would be worth a try to put my two since in thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    One of the most underrated, overlooked movies ever.

    I first happened on this movie on television by accident. I was entranced and wanted to see the whole thing. When I was finally able to rent it, I was captivated and watched it several more times. Each time it deepened and grew on me. It captures more than any other I've seen the spirit of all music, but particularly jazz. It's got to be put on DVD before I wear out my tape.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2003

    WAITING PATIENTLY FOR IT ON DVD

    Love the movie - waiting for it to come out on DVD. As soon as it does - it will become a part of my favorites collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2003

    Crossroads on DVD Please!

    The world is waiting! This movie is very great. An inspiration for the upcoming musicians in the world! This IS how Delta Blues is!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2003

    Awesome Blues Movie - Where is the DVD?

    This movie is in my all time favorites. Not so much for the acting but the blues music is what makes it a worth while picture. With blues music back in the current limelight with all the PBS Blues specials by Martin Scorsese it's a wonder Sony/Columbia doesn't release this movie on DVD now. I've been waiting for years for it to be released. Hopefully someone who is a decision maker in the movie industry will read these reviews and put the movie on DVD. With the dying format of VHS and all the retail stores dropping VHS from the shelves, Crossroads will die with it. For those who wondered about the Steve Vai guitar duel at the end of the movie, Ralph Maccio's guitar part was musically played by Arlen Roth, a well know guitar video instruction player in the music industry. He's also toured with many bands over the years. Please release the DVD soon before it's gone forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    An inspiring treat that touches the sole thru the ears and fingertipps.

    The storyline is haunting and the music makes you itch to play as well as just listen. I love this movie and I've seen it a million times. I know every word in the dialog for this movie because I have watched it so many times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2003

    Anyone other than Macchio, and this is a classic!

    An excellent movie for musicians and music lovers. I cannot however, get over the Karate kid as the main lead. He looks like a complete dork playing the guitar and is completely non-believable. Every time he speaks his dialogue, he makes me want to vomit. Steve Vai's guitar music is exceptional.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2003

    Great movie

    Guitarring is primo, Storyline is good, Need to go on DVD!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2003

    Who's on the wrong side of the tracks.

    Absolutely fantastic film for blues lovers. as stated from everyone in these reviews watched this one till the tape wore out good storyline greatmusic NEEDS TO BE ON DVD 5.1. DO THE PRODUCERS OF DVD'S READ THESE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2003

    A MUST WATCH FOR MUSICIANS!!

    This movie is stylish, funny, and above all MUSICALLY SATISFYING. I too agree that it needs to be on DVD. Maybee Steve Vai will take care of it and add some vintage footage of his playing (Alcatraz,Roth,Zappa,etc)HINT HINT!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2003

    Where's the DVD????

    I saw this movie a few years back, and it is one of my all time greats (along with a lot of other people)but for the love of god WHERE'S THE DVD???? I will not buy it on VHS, as it just does not do the movie justice, and I already have it on video from the TV. Somebody needs to get this out on DVD, and make a lot of people very happy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2003

    ''BLUES AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A GOOD MAN FEELIN' BAD....''

    Everyone should see this flick. I have been waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for the dvd...WTF??????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2003

    Waiting for DVD

    A great movie, but I refuse to buy any moe VHS tapes. I am waiting for this to come out on DVD and then I will but it right away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2003

    Whats the deal????

    Come on, this movie is absolutely awesome. I am tempted to buy it on VHS as I have always been but that wouldnt suit my collection. I am waiting for it on DVD and that is the bottom line. There is no reason why it should not already be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2003

    A DVD MUST!!!!!

    I refuse to buy this great movie unless it is on DVD. I will buy two of them then! By the way, Steve Vai rules!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2003

    NEEDS TO BE ON DVD

    Geez, I really like this movie cause it has a great story, cool music, and it's just awsome to watch for any musician or blues fan, but I really don't want to watch it on VHS. VHS does movies no justice. Movies are meant to be on DVD and in 5.1 surround.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2003

    Please on DVD

    I agree with the others here that this film should be on DVD, it's one film that you can watch over and over. So, pretty please with sugar on top.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    PUT IT ON DVD AND WE WILL BUY IT

    I want to add my voice here: There is a large audience that wants this movie on DVD. Execellent music and story - put it out on DVD... It's a classic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    A must for DVD

    As I said before a must for DVD. Since I was a kid I have not found a movie that moved me more with a story based on blues music.

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