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Crossroads

Penned partly on the basis of actual experiences he had as a teenager touring the South as a musician, John Fusco's screenplay makes ample use of the legend of the late bluesman Robert Johnson, who left behind a tiny but potent legacy.

Penned partly on the basis of actual experiences he had as a teenager touring the South as a musician, John Fusco’s screenplay makes ample use of the legend of the late bluesman Robert Johnson, who left behind a tiny but potent legacy.

Ralph Macchio, a classical guitar student at Juilliard, discovers an old travelling and playing companion of Johnson’s in a New York hospital. Hoping to make his reputation by finding and recording Johnson’s alleged ‘unknown 30th song’, Macchio springs old Joe Seneca from the facility, and the unlikely pair hit the road for Mississippi Delta country.

Seneca acquits himself very nicely, while director Walter Hill pulls of the expected professional mob, but he pushes so hard for pace that he skates right over the opportunities for thought that the subject calls for.

Crossroads

  • Production: Carliner/Columbia-Delphi IV. Director Walter Hill; Producer Mark Carliner; Screenplay John Fusco; Camera John Bailey; Editor Freeman Davies; Music Ry Cooder;; Art Director Jack T. Collis
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 96 MIN.
  • With: Ralph Macchio Joe Seneca Jami Gertz Joe Morton Robert Judd Steve Vai