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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. ~ Bernadette McCallion, Rovi

  • Release date:February 6, 1987


Michael J. Fox
as Joe Rasnick
Gena Rowlands
as Jeanette Rasnick
Joan Jett
as Patti Rasnick
Michael McKean
as Bu Montgomery
Thomas G. Waites
as Smittie
Cherry Jones
as Cindy Montgomery
Michael Dolan
as Gene Bodine
Paul Harkins
as Billy Tettore
Billy L. Sullivan
as Benji Rasnick
Jason Miller
as Benjamin Rasnick
Lisa Fischer
as Woman at Garage Sale
Kim Wilson
as One of the Fabulous Thunderbirds
Barbara Robertson
as Arguing Woman
Alan Mark Poul
as Cashier
Tom Irwin
as Reverend Ansley
Yvette Heyden
as Laurie
Linda Reisman
as Young Clerk
Trent Reznor
as Musician
Michael Rooker
as Oogie
Ron Dean
as Mourner
David Pasquesi
as Sophomore
Maureen Mueller
as Trainee Nurse
Ann Whitney
as Older Nurse
Jerry Gideon
as Sean
Del Close
as Dr. Natterson


Paul Schrader
Rob Cohen
Keith Barish
Monte Merrick
Paul Schrader
John Bailey
Bruce Springsteen
Composer (Music Score)
Bruce Springsteen
Trent Reznor
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Jacqueline Cambas
Jeannine Oppewall
Production Designer
Alan Mark Poul
Associate Producer
Doug Claybourne
Executive Producer
Lisa Fischer
Set Designer
Bonnie Timmermann