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Light of Day (February 6, 1987)

Light of Day PosterBRIEF PLOT SYNOPSIS

A man and his sister dream of hitting it big with their rock band but the road to success is filled with stumbling blocks such as family, accusations of theft, lack of money and the grief of losing a loved one.

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GENERAL FILM INFORMATION

GENRE: Drama
WORKING TITLE: Born in the U.S.A.
TAGLINES:

  • I got a little lost along the way, but I’m just around the corner to the light of day.
  • When your family is closing in on you, music may be the only way out.

SETTING: Cleveland, Ohio; USA
FILMING LOCATIONS:

  • Chicago, Illinois; USA
  • Cleveland, Ohio; USA
  • Steamwood, Illinois; USA

U.S. RELEASE DATE: February 6, 1987
RUNNING TIME: 104 minutes; 1 hour 44 minutes
RATING: PG-13
OPENING WEEKEND GROSS: $3,536,309
TOTAL GROSS USA: $10,489,617

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CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

WRITER: Paul Schrader
DIRECTOR: Paul Schrader
PRODUCER: Keith Barish, Doug Claybourne
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Rob Cohen
EDITOR: Jacqueline Cambas
CINEMATOGRAPHER: John Bailey
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jeannine Claudia Oppenwall
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Thomas Newman
SPECIAL EFFECTS BY: Sturm’s Special Effects International
SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS: Art Anthony
COSTUME DESIGN BY: Jodie Lynn Tillen
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Home Box Office, TAFT Entertainment Pictures
DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia Tri-Star

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CAST

CHARACTER NAME…ACTOR NAME
Joe Rasnick…Michael J. Fox
Jeanette Rasnick…Gena Rowlands
Patti Rasnick…Joan Jett
Bu Montgomery…Michael McKean
Smittie…Thomas G. Waites
Cindy Montgomery…Cherry Jones
Gene Bodine…Michael Dolen
Billy Tatton…Paul J. Harkins
Benji Rasnick…Billy L. Sullivan
Benjamin Rasnick…Jason Miller
Reverand Ansley…Tom Irwin
Sean…Jerry Gideon
Crystad Cherise…Vonae Haugen
Oogie…Michael Rooker
Laurie…Yvette Heyden
Dr. Natterson…Del Close
Dr. Gould…Ray Bradford
Club Manager…Jolly Roger
The Motion…Clarence L. Chavers III, Kimberly A. Rittwage, J. Howard Calvin, Ted Peplowski, Craig E. Noarman, Norman F. Tischler, Dennis D. Bunkley, John E. Sferra
Older Nurse…Ann Whitney
Trainee Nurse…Maureen Mueller
Cocky Kid…Jason Shepley
Arguing Man…John Rubano
Arguing Woman…Barbara E. Robertson
Young Worker…Ronald A. Zacharias
Sophomores…Mark Herzog, Erik Leeper, David Pasquesi, Bryan Stillman
Young Man…Wilhelm Dieterle
Young Clerk…Linda Reisman
Woman at Garage Sale…Lisa Fischer
Car Salesman…Ray Krawczyk
Cashier…Alan Mark Poul
Foreman…Erwin Martin
Intern…Dan Shriver
Nurse…Marleeen Paulette
Older Woman…Camilla Hawk
Mourners…Ron Dean, P.K. Doyle, Barbara Sullivan, Karel King, Kim Vander Bie, Clyde L. Morse, Maris Sodetz
Bar Waitress…Laura A. Holzheimer
Bar Patrons…Pam Majeski, James H. Saft
Barbuster Fans…Mars Frehley, Sandi Dublo
Coeds…Lisa Ann Barney, Amy R. Delorean
The Hunzz…Mark Diamond, Mark Franco, Joe Aparo, Jimi Bell
The Problems…Mark Addison, Frank Vale, Trent Reznor
The Fabulous Thunderbirds…Jimmie L. Vaughan, Kim Wilson, Fran Christinia, Preston Hubbard
Man at Bar…Davy Falkyn (uncredited)
Girl at Concert…Lisa Muller (uncredited)
Michael J . Fox’s Stunt Double…Charles Croughwell

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SOUNDTRACK LISTING

SONG TITLE…COMPOSER/LYRICIST…PERFORMER
Light of Day…Bruce Springsteen…The Barbusters
Only Lonely…Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan…Bon Jovi
I Spy (for the F.B.I.)…Wylie & H. Kelly…The Untouchables
Rude Mood…Stevie Ray Vaughn…Michael J. Fox, Michael McKean, Paul Harkins
Do Wa Diddy Diddy…Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry…Michael J. Fox, Michael McKean, Paul Harkins
This Means War…Joan Jett, Bob Halligan, Kenny Laguna…The Barbusters
Cleveland Rocks…Ian Hunter…Ian Hunter
It’s All Coming Down Tonight…Frankie Miller, Andy Fraser…The Barbusters
Stay With Me Tonight…Dave Edmunds…Dave Edmunds
Twist It Off…Jimmie L. Vaughan, Kim Wilson, Fran Christina…The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Sweet Emotion…Steve Tyler, Tom Hamilton…Joan Jett
The Pride is Back…Mark Blatte, Alan Mond, Saney Farina…Kenny Rogers, Sandy Farina
Rescue Me…Raynard Miller, Carl Smith…The Molton
Looks That Kill…Nikki Sixx…Motley Crue
Rabbits Got the Gun…Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna…Joan Jett & the Hunzz
True Love Ways…Norman Petty, Buddy Holly…The Problems
You’re Good for Me…Don Convay, Horace Ott…Solomon Burke
You’ve Got No Place to Go…Alan Mark, Michael J. Fox…Michael J. Fox
Elegy…Thomas Newman…Rick Cox, Chas Smith, Jon C. Clarke, Michael Boddicker

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AWARDS

The Young Artists Awards, 1988

NOMINEE: Billy L. Sullivan
CATEGORY: Best Young Actor Under 10 Years of Age in a TV or Motion Picture
RESULTS: Nominated

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