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A brother and sister grapple with family and lifestyle issues in this rock-n-roll drama. Real-life rocker [[Performer~P35595~Joan Jett~joanjett]] stars as Patti Resnick, an unwed mother who sings and plays guitar in a Cleveland bar band with her brother Joe ([[Performer~P24577~Michael J. Fox~michaeljfox]]). 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 ([[Performer~P61889~Gena Rowlands~genarowlands]]). Despite a somewhat thin story, the film has solid performances all around, most especially from the refreshingly compelling [[Performer~P35595~Jett~joanjett]]. [[Performer~P112381~Bruce Springsteen~brucespringsteen]] penned the title song. ~ Bernadette McCallion, Rovi

  • Release date:February 6, 1987

Cast

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
Del Close
as Dr. Natterson
David Pasquesi
as Sophomore
Tom Irwin
as Reverend Ansley
Barbara Robertson
as Arguing Woman
Kim Wilson
as One of the Fabulous Thunderbirds
Alan Mark Poul
as Cashier
Lisa Fischer
as Woman at Garage Sale
Jerry Gideon
as Sean
Michael Rooker
as Oogie
Ann Whitney
as Older Nurse
Linda Reisman
as Young Clerk
Maureen Mueller
as Trainee Nurse
Ron Dean
as Mourner
Trent Reznor
as Musician
Yvette Heyden
as Laurie

Crew

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