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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



Aug 10, 2004

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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

May 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Any music fan will do well spend an hour and a half watching this one.

May 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Great blues music and authentic Deep South atmosphere highlight this unusually gentle film by Walter Hill.

July 28, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Meandering story with Ralph Macchio, mediocre Walter Hill.

June 29, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Macchio is to an electric beat

October 11, 2004

Revels in the discoveries of youth and the gritty and cathartic magic of Mississippi Delta blues music.

March 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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!
October 27, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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.
February 4, 2010
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.
February 6, 2008

Super Reviewer

Expected more from this one after 21 years of build-up. The Steve Vai/Macchio guitar duel at the end, frankly, left much to be desired.
June 25, 2007
Steve B.

Super Reviewer

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    1. Eugene Martone: Hey, Willie, look at this hat. All I need is a Mississippi string tie and I'm ready to roll!
    2. Willie Brown: Yeah, you need a lot more than THAT.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Willie Brown: You can't get enough mileage livin' at home with your momma wipin' your butt.
    2. Willie Brown: Where do you live?
    3. Eugene Martone: It's a school dormitory.
    4. Willie Brown: (sarcastically) Ooh, school dormitory. Oh, times are hard. Times are hard!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Willie Brown: Meet Blind Dog Fulton. The one and only Willie Brown. You have found your man!
    2. Eugene Martone: Aw, this GREAT, this is great! Listen, I know that I'm not Robert Johnson, I...
    3. Willie Brown: (interrupting) No, you AIN'T. You ain't even the beginnin' of a pimple on the "Late Great" Robert Johnson's ass! You might have a little lightnin' in you, but you're missin' everything else.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Willie Brown: Why do you wanna know about all this stuff?
    2. Eugene Martone: I'm a blues man.
    3. Willie Brown: A blues man?
    4. Willie Brown: (starts laughing)
    5. Willie Brown: Where you from, boy?
    6. Eugene Martone: Well, I was born in Long Island.
    7. Willie Brown: Oh, Long Island, aww shit, this is rich! Long Island: the famous 'breedin' ground' for blues men!
    8. Willie Brown: (laughing almost hysterically)
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Willie Brown: Lots of towns... Lots of songs... Lots of women... Good times... Bad times... Only thing that I wanted anyone to say is... 'He could really play... He was good'.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Eugene Martone: I'm a blues man!
    2. Willie Brown: Blues man shit.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
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