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Crossroads (1986)

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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.


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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)


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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Did You Know?


Lightning Boy claims that he came from Long Island, where Steve Vai and Ralph Macchio were born. See more »


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 »


Willie Brown: Why do you want to know about all that stuff?
Eugene Martone: I'm a blues man.
Willie Brown: A blues man?
[starts laughing]
Willie Brown: Where you from, boy?
Eugene Martone: Well, I was born in Long Island.
Willie Brown: Oh, Long Island aww shit, this is rich! Long Island: the famous 'breeding ground' for blues men!
[laughing almost hysterically]
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Referenced in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) See more »


Written by Sonny Terry and Ry Cooder
Performed by Sonny Terry (harmonica) and Ry Cooder (guitar)
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Thin plot as an excuse for the best soundtrack I've heard
24 May 2005 | by itamarscomixSee all my reviews

As a cinematic work, Crossroads is nothing special. Except for Joe Seneca who was great as the aging blues-legend on the run from the devil, the acting is awful. Ralph Macchio is decent, except that he's doing the EXACT same character he did in Karate Kid. The love interest between Eugene and Frances is silly, shallow and simply doesn't work. The screenplay, above all, is terrible. The directing and photography are good, which makes the film at least bearable.

But the film is just an excuse for one of the most amazing soundtracks I've ever heard. Classical guitar, Robert Johnson classic blues, Muddy Waters electric blues and hard blues rock run throughout this film wonderfully; for bluesmen and guitar lovers, Crossroads is a must. The ending with Steve Vai, above all, is one of the greatest scenes I've seen and makes the whole movie worthwhile - and both Vai and 'Eugene' play a KILLER guitar (I think Stevie Ray Vaughan plays Eugene's part). Overall, a very mediocre movie and for many probably boring, but a cult classic and a musical masterpiece.

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Release Date:

14 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Murphy, Mississippi, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,071,680, 16 March 1986

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Black and White (partial)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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