Light of Day (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Light of Day (1987)




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Paul Schrader's rock drama stars Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett as the brother-and-sister leaders of a struggling Cleveland bar band.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Schrader, Monte Merrick
In Theaters:
TAFT Entertainment Pictures


Joan Jett
as Patti Rasnick
Michael J. Fox
as Joe Rasnick
Gena Rowlands
as Jeanette Rasnick
Jason Miller
as Benjamin Rasnick
Michael McKean
as Bu Montgomery
Cherry Jones
as Cindy Montgomery
Michael Dolan
as Gene Bodine
Billy L. Sullivan
as Benji Rasnick
Tom Irwin
as Reverend Ansley
Paul Harkins
as Billy Tettore
Del Close
as Dr. Natterson
Ann Whitney
as Older Nurse
Maureen Mueller
as Trainee Nurse
Barbara E. Robertson
as Arguing Woman
David Pasquesi
as Sophomore
Linda Reisman
as Young Clerk
Lisa Fischer
as Woman at Garage Sale
Ron Dean
as Mourner
Kim Wilson
as One of the Fabulous ...
Trent Reznor
as Musician
Lisa Fischer
as Woman at Garage Sale
Kim Wilson
as One of the Fabulous ...
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Critic Reviews for Light of Day

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

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 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Light of Day

A fantastic drama with a great cast and a realistic story. One of my favourite drama films of the decade. Plus it's interesting to see Joan Jett in a movie. I highly recommend it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Most of the characters are quite flawed individuals, but they create an interesting dynamic with one another. Having Joan Jett and some hard rock was also pretty cool.

Classic 80's rock n' roll with a strong supporting performance from Joan Jett, who shows some very real and very surprising acting talent. Fox is good, and Rowlands milks the melodrama for all it's worth. Only one scene feels really off, and that'd be when Rowlands and Jett reconcile right before Rowlands kicks the bucket. It feels incredibly cliche, forced and awkward. It doesn't ruin the film though, and Jason Miller comes in during the next scene and shows both Jett and Rowlands up with a heart wrenching moment that comes as another stunning surprise. All that, plus some fun music and a title song written by Bruce Springsteen makes Light of Day a really rewarding watch. Now if they could just secure the rights for a blu-ray release.

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