Crossroads

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"Where second best never gets a second chance."
  • R
  • 1986
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 7.1  (17,444)
  • 55

Crossroads is a 1986 drama film directed by Walter Hill that stars Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca, and Jami Gertz. The film revolves around the character of Eugene Martone (Ralph Macchio), a young and gifted musician from New York who dreams of becoming a blues guitarist. Eugene is initially hesitant to embrace the roots of the blues but is inspired when his lifelong hero, pioneering bluesman Robert Johnson, is rediscovered.

The story kicks off when Eugene meets the elderly Willie Brown (Joe Seneca) while practicing his guitar in Central Park. Brown is a former blues musician who had played with Robert Johnson and claims to possess the knowledge of a long-lost song, which Eugene is eager to learn.

At the same time, Eugene is having trouble fitting in with his music classmates at Julliard, bored by their academic and sterile approach to music. He embarks on a journey with Willie to find a legendary blues guitar that carries the power to grant any wish, and changes the course of their lives.

What follows is an exciting road trip filled with difficulties and unexpected turns. As Eugene and Willie head south, they cross paths with a host of fascinating characters, including Frances (Jami Gertz), a runaway who joins them on their journey, and a corrupt music producer, with whom they must contend to ensure the success of their mission.

Throughout the film, the characters are shaped by their interaction with the blues, which often reflects their internal struggles. The film's premise is a metaphor for this - the idea of a crossroads, where one must choose between the old and the new or between the crooked and the straight path. Eugene chooses the traditional music culture of the blues while his friends are more modern, trading jazz for mainstream styles.

The film features gripping and awe-inspiring guitar performances, including a climactic guitar duel that pits Eugene against the legendary blues guitarist Jack Butler (Steve Vai) in a bloody guitar battle.

Crossroads is a homage to the blues and blues legends, with the film anchored by the magnetic performances of Ralph Macchio and Joe Seneca. Macchio's portrayal of Eugene is convincing and heartfelt. His transformation from a contemporary, idealistic and ambitious musician into a more mature person who values the cultural history and achievements of the past is remarkable. Joe Seneca's powerful and emotional performance as Willie is a highlight of the film, providing plenty of depth, wisdom and gravitas.

Jami Gertz also delivers a memorable performance as Frances, a runaway, who joins the duo on their journey, immediately adding drama to the film. She brings a sense of naivete and vulnerability, a kind of fresh air to the story.

The film's soundtrack is heavily influenced by the blues, with songs performed by Robert Johnson, Louisiana Red, Mahalia Jackson, and Ry Cooder. The music adds an authentic ambiance to the film and launches audiences on a journey of discovery into the history, style, and culture of the blues.

Overall, Crossroads is an emotional, powerful, and uplifting film that celebrates the cross-cultural history of music and the limitless power of dreams. The film draws razor-sharp characterizations, powerful and enthralling music performances, lyrical dialogue, and thoughtful commentary on legacy, the passage of time, and the cyclical nature of history. It remains a classic film for lovers of the blues, music enthusiasts or anyone looking for a magical and thought-provoking film.

Crossroads is a 1986 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 36 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1 and a MetaScore of 55.

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  • Release Date
    1986
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Runtime
    1 hr 36 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (17,444)
  • Metascore
    55