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Crossroads (1986)


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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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: John Fusco , Thomas Baum
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 10, 2004
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Eugene Martone

as Willie Brown

as Frances

as Scratch

as Scratch's assistant

as Jack Butler

as Bartender

as Sheriff Tilford

as Dr. Santis

as Beautiful Girl/Dance...

as Pawnbroker

as Robert Johnson

as John McGraw

as Willie at 17

as Woman at boardinghou...

as Hotel Proprietress

as Man at Auto-Wrecking...

as Hospital Supervisor

as Miss Narciso

as Bus Station Clerk

as Jookhouse Woman

as Jukehouse Woman

as Jukehouse Woman

as Jukehouse Woman

as Jukehouse Woman

as Jukehouse Man

as Jukehouse Man

as Young Girl at Crossr...

as Harmonicist/Vocalist

as Lead Guitar

as Harley Terhune

as Jukehouse Woman
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Critic Reviews for Crossroads

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 17, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

until the definitive movie about the blues is constructed, returning to Crossroads will have to suffice

Full Review… | May 27, 2009
Old School Reviews

Audience Reviews for Crossroads


Crossroads is one of the best films about music that I have ever seen. The film surrounds the legend of Robert Johnson. The film features a terrific story. A great soundtrack and cast. Crossroads is a must see film, and the story should appeal to any music lovers A young kid named Eugene Martone helps Robert Johnson's old friend escape from a minimal security hospital. What follows is a tremendous journey of learning the ways of the blues. In return for having broken Willie Brown out of the hospital, Brown promises to give Eugene Robert Johnson's last song, which he never recorded during his lifetime due to his untimely death. If you're a Blues lover, you'll definitely love this film. Any musician will appreciate this film. Crossroads is filled some great music. A very cool thing about the film is that Steve Vai is in the film, and in the films most famous scene goes head to head the guitar duel with Eugene Martone. This scene is obviously the high point of the film, and is also one of the best moments of the film. Crossroads lacks incredible acting, but it's still decent enough to keep you interested. But the strong point of the film is not the acting, but the story. This story is so entertaining that you can forgive the average acting. The best performance though of the film is not Ralph Macchio but Joe Seneca. He is really good on screen and he elevates the average acting of Gertz and Macchio. Crossroads is a solid musical drama and is a definite must see for any musician of every genre. This is a memorable film using one of the best, most emotional musical genres. Using Blues music as a plot device works so well because it's a genre that conveys great emotion. Crossroads is one great film, with average acting, but terrific story telling, and with a wicked Blues soundtrack how can you go wrong. This is one film that should be seen. And this film shouldn't be confused for the lame Britney Spears film of the same name. THIS is the right Crossroads film to watch!

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Ralph Macchio is a guitar prodigy who makes a deal with the devil in order to save a friend. A bluesy rendition of Faust that's hampered by weak scripting and two-dimensional performances.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

It's the stuff of myth, and while the film doesn't always work, the actors bring the right sensibilities to their roles and the guitar playing is impressive and inspiring.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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