Light of Day

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Movie Info

Paul Schrader's rock drama stars Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett as the brother-and-sister leaders of a struggling Cleveland bar band.


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 Thunderbirds
Trent Reznor
as Musician
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Critic Reviews for Light of Day

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

  • Light of Day flounders because of Schrader's simplistic symbolism: the rebellious children, the unhearing mother, the lifeless father. The story limps from one predictable scene to the next.

    Oct 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Mr. Fox is very appealing here... Miss Jett is good too, snapping her way angrily through confrontational scenes and musical ones alike, and taking a sentimental turn just when the story does.

    Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Light of Day is told like a short story by Henry James or Raymond Carver, in which the last few moments and the final words throw everything else into focus.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie stands as an admonition that making great movies isn't merely a matter of talent, but a matter of will.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • A pure time capsule of '80s rock 'n' roll energy. Joan Jett is perfectly cast.

    Oct 5, 2006 | Rating: 4/5
  • Your typical 80s nightmare. Fox does NOT work as a rock star.

    Dec 16, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Light of Day

  • Jul 31, 2016
    A rare film, apparently and one that showed us all what Michael J Fox could do. Joan Jett though deserves a mention too for one of her rare movie appearances and for providing the soundtrack.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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

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