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99 min
Drama | Music | Mystery | Romance
IMDB rate:
Walter Hill
1 win
Country: USA
Release Date: 1986-03-14
Filming Locations: Burbank, California, USA
Opening Weekend: $2,071,680 (USA) (16 March 1986)
Gross: $5,738,952 (USA) (6 April 1986)
Ralph Macchio
Eugene Martone
Joe Seneca
Willie Brown
Jami Gertz
Joe Morton
Scratch's Assistant
Robert Judd
Steve Vai
Jack Butler
Dennis Lipscomb
Harry Carey Jr.
John Hancock
Sheriff Tilford
Gretchen Palmer
Beautiful Girl / Dancer
Al Fann
Wally Taylor
Tim Russ
Robert Johnson
Tex Donaldson
John McGraw
Guy Killum
Willie at 17
Akosua Busia
Woman at Boardinghouse
Edward Walsh
Harley Tethune
Allan Graf
Royce Wallace
Hotel Proprietress
J.W. Smith
Man at Auto Wrecking Yard
Diana Bellamy
Hospital Supervisor
Johnny M. Reyes
Karen Huie
Nurse #1
Robin Townsend
Nurse #2
Jeanne Kiely
Nurse #3
Winifred Freedman
Nurse #4
Dolores Aguanno
Nurse #5
Debra Laws
Nurse #6
Diane Robin
Nurse #7
Leslie Morris
Bus Station Clerk
Gloria Delaney
Jookhouse Woman #1
JoMarie Payton
Jookhouse Woman #2 (as Jo Marie Payton-France)
Angela Robinson-Witherspoon
Jookhouse Woman #3 (as Angela Robinson)
Deborra Hampton
Jookhouse Woman #4
Le Van Hawkins
Jookhouse Man #1
Jason Ross
Jookhouse Man #2
Natasha Peacock
Young Girl at Crossroads
Agnes Narciso
Miss Narciso
Frank Frost
Jookhouse Musician (Harmonica / Vocalist)
John Price
Jookhouse Musician (Drums)
Otis Taylor
Jookhouse Musician (Lead Guitar)
Richard 'Shubby' Holmes
Jookhouse Musician (Bass Guitar)
Terry L. Evans
Jookhouse Musician (Keyboard)
Bobby A. King
Guitar Duel Sequence Singer #1
Sam King
Guitar Duel Sequence Singer #2
Arnold McCuller
Guitar Duel Sequence Singer #3
Willie J. Greene Jr.
Guitar Duel Sequence Singer #4
Marina Anderson
Barfly (uncredited)
John Otrin
Paramedic (uncredited)
Cal Wilson
Jookhouse Man #3 (uncredited)
Did you know?
Lightning Boy claims that he came from Long Island, the same city where Steve Vai (the Devil's guitarist Jack Butler) was born.
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Arlen Roth was Macchio's guitar tutor for the film and played many of his pieces in the movie. According to Roth on his site,, the final duel was arranged from parts played by himself, Vai, Cooder and Bill Kanegiser, who did the classical playing throughout the film. Roth wasn't credited for his work on the movie, due to a contractual disagreement.
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Keith Richards was originally considered for the role of Jack Butler, when he was unavailable it was mentioned a fresh new upcoming guitarist might fit the part, and called in Steve Vai.
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When Willie catches Frances sneaking out of their hotel he has money in his hands. His hands are empty before he goes to his bag to get money to give to Frances.
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At just about an hour into the film, in Crupps bar, the bartender pulls a shotgun to break up the fight. He racks the pump, because that is a sound movie audiences associate with a shotgun. The only problem is that the bartender is holding a double barrel over-under shotgun that opens up at the back, it is not a pump. And it will not make that sound.
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At the time the movie was filmed, Julliard did not offer classes in classical guitar.
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Scratch's Assistant: [Trying to intimidate Eugene] Well well well... who sent you here? Can't talk little man?
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Eugene Martone: Hey Willie, look at this hat. All I need is a Mississippi string tie and I'm ready to roll!
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Eugene Martone: Look Willie, cut the shit, all right? Now, I'm serious about this song!
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Photos from cast
Allan Arbus