Light of Day (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Light of Day (1987)




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A brother and sister grapple with family and lifestyle issues in this rock-n-roll drama. Real-life rocker Joan Jett stars as Patti Resnick, an unwed mother who sings and plays guitar in a Cleveland bar band with her brother Joe (Michael J. Fox). Estranged from her parents and struggling to make ends meet, Patti decides to dive headlong into a carefree rock-n-roll lifestyle. Good-guy Joe pulls away from music to provide some stability for her tiny son. It takes a family crisis to bring Patti back home and force her to face the prickly past with her devoutly Christian mother (Gena Rowlands). Despite a somewhat thin story, the film has solid performances all around, most especially from the refreshingly compelling Jett. Bruce Springsteen penned the title song.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
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

Flawed but Joan Jett's performance makes it worth watching. perfect casting, and her acting ability is surprisingly great. Gena Rowlands is fine in the role of the mother. Michael J Fox is badly miscast. Not a cheery film, and it has some very slow patches. For some reason, the Ohio setting adds to the film, it makes it believable.

James Higgins

Not really Scrader's forte. Wants to be the Bruce Springsteen story, but done too late and with wrong cast.

Brad West

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