Crossroads

1986

Crossroads

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Classically trained guitarist Eugene Martone (Ralph Macchio) begins working at a nursing home in Harlem and befriends a wizened bluesman named Willie Brown (Joe Seneca). Eugene helps Willie escape, and the two journey to the Mississippi Delta to confront the Devil concerning Willie's earlier pact.

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Cast

Ralph Macchio
as Eugene Martone
Joe Seneca
as Willie Brown
Jami Gertz
as Frances
Robert Judd
as Scratch
Joe Morton
as Scratch's assistant
Steve Vai
as Jack Butler
Harry Carey Jr.
as Bartender
John Hancock
as Sheriff Tilford
Allan Arbus
as Dr. Santis
Gretchen Palmer
as Beautiful Girl/Dancer
Al Fann
as Pawnbroker
Tim Russ
as Robert Johnson
Tex Donaldson
as John McGraw
Guy Killum
as Willie at 17
Akosua Busia
as Woman at boardinghouse
Royce Wallace
as Hotel Proprietress
J.W. Smith
as Man at Auto-Wrecking Yard
Diana Bellamy
as Hospital Supervisor
Agnes Narciso
as Miss Narciso
Leslie Morris
as Bus Station Clerk
Gloria Delaney
as Jukehouse Woman
Jo Marie Payton
as Jukehouse Woman
Deborra Hampton
as Jukehouse Woman
Angela Louise Robinson
as Jukehouse Woman
Le Van Hawkins
as Jukehouse Man
Jason Ross
as Jukehouse Man
Natasha Peacock
as Young Girl at Crossroads
Frank Frost
as Harmonicist/Vocalist
Otis Taylor
as Lead Guitar
Ed Walsh
as Harley Terhune
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Critic Reviews for Crossroads

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Audience Reviews for Crossroads

  • Oct 26, 2010
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2010
    I was entranced with the story. It really had me getting intuned with the film. Then the acting was getting better, and I waas even more Enthralled, finnaly the music, and Direction blew me away, and I was then left, saddeningly with a medicore, If lackluster ending, but fortunately, I actaually enjoyed this film so much, that didn't matter! :)
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2009
    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 T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2008
    this movie is great. the music in this one is phonomenal.. the music battles are flippin awesome.. He goes to hell... the devil challenges him to a duel... and satan has Van Halen in his entourage?!?! SWEET MERCIFUL CRAP! The Van Halen battle is epic. must see for rock and blues lovers. only thing that sucks is he doen't get the girl...
    Vincent T Super Reviewer

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