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Crossroads (1986)




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Classically trained guitarist Eugene Martone (Ralph Macchio) begins working at a nursing home in Harlem and befriends a wizened bluesman named Willie Brown (Joe Seneca). Eugene helps Willie escape, and the two journey to the Mississippi Delta to confront the Devil concerning Willie's earlier pact.

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Ralph Macchio
as Eugene Martone
Joe Seneca
as Willie Brown
Jami Gertz
as Frances
Robert Judd
as Scratch
Joe Morton
as Scratch's assistant
Steve Vai
as Jack Butler
Harry Carey Jr.
as Bartender
John Hancock
as Sheriff Tilford
Allan Arbus
as Dr. Santis
Gretchen Palmer
as Beautiful Girl/Dancer
Al Fann
as Pawnbroker
Tim Russ
as Robert Johnson
Tex Donaldson
as John McGraw
Guy Killum
as Willie at 17
Akosua Busia
as Woman at boardinghouse
Royce Wallace
as Hotel Proprietress
J.W. Smith
as Man at Auto-Wrecking Yard
Diana Bellamy
as Hospital Supervisor
Agnes Narciso
as Miss Narciso
Leslie Morris
as Bus Station Clerk
Gloria Delaney
as Jukehouse Woman
Jo Marie Payton
as Jukehouse Woman
Deborra Hampton
as Jukehouse Woman
Le Van Hawkins
as Jukehouse Man
Angela Louise Robinson
as Jukehouse Woman
Jason Ross
as Jukehouse Man
Natasha Peacock
as Young Girl at Crossroads
Frank Frost
as Harmonicist/Vocalist
Otis Taylor
as Lead Guitar
Ed Walsh
as Harley Terhune
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Critic Reviews for Crossroads

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

... ''Crossroads,'' which opens today at the U.A. Twin and other theaters, tries to travel down two or three roads at once and winds up at mighty familiar places.

May 21, 2003 | Full Review…

Crossroads borrows so freely and is a reminder of so many other movies that it's a little startling, at the end, to realize how effective the movie is and how original it manages to feel despite all the plunderings.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

until the definitive movie about the blues is constructed, returning to Crossroads will have to suffice

May 27, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Any music fan will do well spend an hour and a half watching this one.

May 2, 2007 | Rating: 71/100 | Full Review…

Great blues music and authentic Deep South atmosphere highlight this unusually gentle film by Walter Hill.

July 28, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Meandering story with Ralph Macchio, mediocre Walter Hill.

June 29, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Crossroads


Crossroads is one of the best films about music that I have ever seen. The film surrounds the legend of Robert Johnson. The film features a terrific story. A great soundtrack and cast. Crossroads is a must see film, and the story should appeal to any music lovers A young kid named Eugene Martone helps Robert Johnson's old friend escape from a minimal security hospital. What follows is a tremendous journey of learning the ways of the blues. In return for having broken Willie Brown out of the hospital, Brown promises to give Eugene Robert Johnson's last song, which he never recorded during his lifetime due to his untimely death. If you're a Blues lover, you'll definitely love this film. Any musician will appreciate this film. Crossroads is filled some great music. A very cool thing about the film is that Steve Vai is in the film, and in the films most famous scene goes head to head the guitar duel with Eugene Martone. This scene is obviously the high point of the film, and is also one of the best moments of the film. Crossroads lacks incredible acting, but it's still decent enough to keep you interested. But the strong point of the film is not the acting, but the story. This story is so entertaining that you can forgive the average acting. The best performance though of the film is not Ralph Macchio but Joe Seneca. He is really good on screen and he elevates the average acting of Gertz and Macchio. Crossroads is a solid musical drama and is a definite must see for any musician of every genre. This is a memorable film using one of the best, most emotional musical genres. Using Blues music as a plot device works so well because it's a genre that conveys great emotion. Crossroads is one great film, with average acting, but terrific story telling, and with a wicked Blues soundtrack how can you go wrong. This is one film that should be seen. And this film shouldn't be confused for the lame Britney Spears film of the same name. THIS is the right Crossroads film to watch!

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Ralph Macchio is a guitar prodigy who makes a deal with the devil in order to save a friend. A bluesy rendition of Faust that's hampered by weak scripting and two-dimensional performances.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

It's the stuff of myth, and while the film doesn't always work, the actors bring the right sensibilities to their roles and the guitar playing is impressive and inspiring.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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