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.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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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
Yvette Heyden
as Laurie
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 (12) | Top Critics (1)

A pure time capsule of '80s rock 'n' roll energy. Joan Jett is perfectly cast.

October 5, 2006

Your typical 80s nightmare. Fox does NOT work as a rock star.

December 16, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Not bad for a movie tainted by "workin' man" Springsteen.

October 22, 2003

The "Back to the Future" sequel couldn't come any sooner

September 17, 2002

Audience Reviews for Light of Day

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 Walker
Ian Walker

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.

Duncan Kryszyn
Duncan Kryszyn

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.

Caleb McCandless
Caleb McCandless

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