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Crossroads (1986)

Ralph Macchio , Joe Seneca , Walter Hill  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca, Jami Gertz, Joe Morton, Robert Judd
  • Directors: Walter Hill
  • Writers: John Fusco
  • Producers: Mae Woods, Mark Carliner, Tim Zinnemann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002A2WDQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,170 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Eugene Martone (Ralph Macchio, The Karate Kid & The Karate Kid Part II) struggles with the devil and his destiny when he goes down to the Crossroads in this contemporary drama. With a potent blend of adventure, romance, and music, the film takes gifted young guitarist Martone into a dangerous and challenging new world. Obsessed with unlocking the mysteries of the blues, the fledging musician finds cantankerous Willie Brown (Joe Senaca), a master of the blues harmonica, and frees him from prison. The unlikely duo hobos from New York to Mississippi as Martone searches for runaway Frances (Jami Gertz, Quicksilver). With a rich mixture of Delta blues and driving rock produced by Ry Cooder, the film takes Martone and Brown on an intense odyssey that leads them to a dramatic climax at the Crossroads.

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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Atmospheric Blues Fantasy! September 10, 2004
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CROSSROADS (Walter Hill's Blues film, NOT Britney Spears' self-indulgent 2002 fluff) is a terrific introduction to a uniquely American musical genre, with a remarkable cast and a dead-on southern 'atmosphere'. It has always astonished me that when released, critics were unable to look past Ralph Macchio's previous film work, and accept this gem on it's own merits, but it's subsequent status as a cult classic is certainly well-deserved, with films such as the Coens' O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? utilizing the Robert Johnson subplot and borrowing many of CROSSROAD's visual elements. Perhaps the film, with a magnificent Ry Cooder score, was just too far ahead of it's time, a strange criticism to apply to a Blues movie!

The tale involves young Long Island guitar prodigy Eugene 'Lightning Boy' Martone (Macchio), a rebel at the Julliard School with his passion for the Blues ("Primitive music," one professor sneers), on a quest to recover legendary guitarist Johnson's fabled "30th Song" of 1938. His research leads him to a NYC nursing home, where fabled harmonica player Willie Brown (the late actor/singer/songwriter Joe Seneca), a friend and collaborator of Johnson's, is confined. Promising to 'give' the song to the youngster if he can be "busted out" and returned to his Mississippi home, the pair are soon on a cross-country odyssey, with Martone learning about discrimination, the darker side of humanity, and love's loss (through a brief encounter with Jami Gertz, who was never lovelier), providing him with the core of sadness Brown says is essential to truly play the Blues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Devil at the Crossroads July 26, 2005
Crossroads have long held a special significance in occult lore. They are places where there's no North or South, no East or West. They are stillpoints in the fabric of time where "things happen." Things usually associated with the darkside of the spiritual spectrum. In otherwords, places to encounter the Devil.

Just such a crossroads happens to be the ultimate destination of Eugene Martone (Ralph Macchio) a young and gifted classical guitarist attending the Julliard School of the Arts. Though classically trained, Eugene is obsessed with the music of the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson. He is also quite familiar with the superstitious beliefs associated with the engimatic Johnson. Some say he sold his soul to the Devil at some unspecified Mississippi crossroads in return for musical talent. Eugene dismisses such tales as nothing more than urban legend. However one tale he doesn't dismiss is the belief that Robert Johnson had one more song that was never recorded. Eugene is determined to find that lost song.

In hopes of locating it Eugene enlists the help of Willie Brown (Joe Seneca), an old blues musician and probably the last living friend of Robert Johnson. Willie, now confined to a convalescent home in New York, promises to lead Eugene to the missing song if he helps him escape from the home and accompanies him back to Mississippi. Sneaking away at the first opportunity they spend the few dollars they have between them for tickets on a southbound bus. Thus the adventure begins.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration December 10, 1999
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The film "Crossroads" was a major influence on me. Of course we all heard rock music based on blues music but this was my introduction to searching back and finding the roots of music. I also began to play guitar after seeing the film, it is a most inspiring movie. I disagree with the Amazon/Matlin reviews that pan the movie due to Ralph Macchio (who i feel played a fine role) or the plot (its obvious Matlin isnt even aware of the actual Robert Johnson)
I anxiously await a DVD release, my VHS is so worn....
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this not on DVD??? May 2, 2003
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A movie that covers all bases, and covers them well. The Mississippi Delta blues legends are explored against a backdrop of fantastic music and a good "road trip" narrative.
The guitar duel sequence in the last ten minutes of the film is the finest moment of all movies ever.
It is unbelievable that this classic (a thousand times better than "Karate Kid" and certainly far less dated today) hasn't been released as a DVD packed with special features, documentaries about the Blues and Robert Johnson etc etc. Simply a treat, especially if you play guitar yourself. You'll find yourself telling people that they "got no mileage", or that there are "no goodbyes on the road" for years after you see this.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The blues revisited March 12, 2004
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I saw this movie when it came out on VHS format and just loved it. I really enjoyed the music, even though the plot was a little weak, it picked up the pace with the different styles of blues musicians. I particuarly loved the ending and Steve Vai. Ry Cooder... enough said. Just a stupendous display of musical prowess. Now the good news, I recently wrote a letter to Jeff Blake at the Columbia TriStar Home Videos and asked when they were going to put this movie on DVD. To my amazement, a letter back within a week from Michal Stadford, Vice President of DVD Programming and Content and he replied "release date of August 26th (2004). Wow. I am impressed. I hope the DVD comes out in 5.1 surround sound, because this is really going to rock the house. I think this will be worth the price to see in this media mode.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is the only Macchio film that I liked***And of course Steve Vai battling him at the end***Awesome story***
Published 8 hours ago by Eddie Szymborski
5.0 out of 5 stars ... to play the guitar must see this movie= our favorite for this
Anyone who loves to play the guitar must see this movie= our favorite for this genre
Published 10 days ago by Tracy Guerriero
5.0 out of 5 stars Even though this movie is old it still rings a ...
Even though this movie is old it still rings a message about self and what you are willing to give up to get.
Published 10 days ago by Bridget L. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie, great cast.
Published 12 days ago by C. L. Burch
5.0 out of 5 stars great emotional variety
Well casted, great emotional variety, deep message
Published 13 days ago by Charles Follette
5.0 out of 5 stars ... willie brown got his deal cancelled by lightning boys great
A believable concept of Robert Johnsons deal at the crossroads and how willie brown got his deal cancelled by lightning boys great riffs
Published 17 days ago by Michael Snare
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you!
Published 23 days ago by Sergio
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I wish the movie was more about Robert Johnson and his crossroad than white takeover of the blues.
Published 28 days ago by James Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars At last!
Finally found this classic!
Published 1 month ago by Scott Ekman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Entertaining and a good movie.
Published 1 month ago by AzWolf
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Who played Ralph Macchio guitar parts
Arlen Roth -he taught him Ralph Macchio a lot of the parts in the movie also.
Aug 13, 2011 by pjt |  See all 2 posts
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