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Still of Jami Gertz, Ralph Macchio and Joe Seneca in Crossroads


Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old pro who knows it. Together, they're headed to a place where deals are made. And legends are born.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 6.7/10 (6,095 voted)

Walter Hill

Stars: Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca, Jami Gertz

Eugene is an extraordinary talent in classic guitar, but he dreams of being a famous Blues guitarist. So he investigates to find a storied lost song. He asks the legendary Blues musician Willie Brown to help him, but Willie demands to free him from the old-people's prison first and to really learn the blues on the way to it's origin: Mississippi Delta. Eugene doesn't know yet about Willie's deal with the devil, that he now wants to revoke.


Ralph Macchio

Eugene Martone

Joe Seneca

Willie Brown

Jami Gertz


Joe Morton

Scratch's Assistant

Robert Judd


Steve Vai

Jack Butler

Dennis Lipscomb


Harry Carey Jr.


John Hancock

Sheriff Tilford

Allan Arbus

Dr. Santis

Gretchen Palmer

Beautiful Girl

Al Fann


Wally Taylor


Tim Russ

Robert Johnson

Tex Donaldson

John McGraw

'The Kid' keeps the legend alive….

Release Date: 14 March 1986

Filming Locations: Burbank, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $2,071,680
(16 March 1986)
(982 Screens)

Gross: $5,839,031

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Arlen Roth was Macchio's guitar tutor for the film and played many of his pieces in the movie. According to Roth on his site,, the final duel was arranged from parts played by himself, Vai, Cooder and Bill Kanegiser, who did the classical playing throughout the film. Roth wasn't credited for his work on the movie, due to a contractual disagreement.


Audio/visual unsynchronized:
When the kid is dueling with Steve Vai, you can clearly see in the background the audience applauding his guitar skills, and yet the only sound to be heard is coming from the guitars.


Scratch's Assistant:
Ain't got no chance Blind Dog. You SOLD your soul. You goin' down, all the way down. Hell hounds on your trail, boy, hell hounds on your trail.

User Review

Why Is This Movie Forgotten?

Rating: 8/10

This is a really, really good movie and I don't understand why no one ever
mentions it or why it is never on cable.

It has everything that I love in a movie: good story, great characters well
acted, fine comedy and powerful touching drama.
Ralph Macchio is a brilliant young guitar student, Eugene Martone, at
Julliard (or some other equally good music school) who does not want to play
Mozart. He wants to play guitar like his idol, a long dead blues guitar
legend. In search of his dreams, he breaks an elderly black blues player
out of a prison nursing home.

The two of them go on an odyssey to the Mississippi Delta in quest of
memories and dreams. As in any odyssey, they meet a variety of fascinating
and/or dangerous characters along the way. Eugene must also overcome the
obstacles and tests that all those who quest must face – until it is time to
face the ultimate test against the greatest blues guitarist in the

I enjoy music, but my knowledge is superficial. I probably wouldn't know a
good guitar riff from a raft, but even I could recognize awesome guitar work
in the final sequence of Crossroads.

So, if you like good movies and good acting and great guitar music, please
check out Crossroads. If enough of us spread the word, it may no longer be
a forgotten classic.