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  posted on 8/7/2007 at 09:56 PM
Just got done watching this tonight. I haven't seen it since it came out in the theaters back in 1986. I always thought it would had been a great movie if they used someone else besides the karate kid for the lead roll but when I watched it tonight I seem to think he really didn't do that bad of a job. I'm sure he wasn't the one playing the licks but they made it look like he was.
 
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  posted on 8/7/2007 at 09:58 PM
I have never seen the movie but I believe Ry Cooder is playing Lead. I know Steve Vai has a cameo.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2007 at 10:10 PM
an ok movie. Not the best. Here is the duel.....

crossroads guitar duel (ralph machio, steve vai)

 

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  posted on 8/7/2007 at 10:29 PM
Ry Cooder does much of the guitar throughout.

Steve Vai played both classical parts of the duel.

Longer version

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idb2dUtTpuU&mode=related&search=

it always made me laugh. Macchio's character doesn't copy half of what Vai's character plays but somehow still wins the duel. And Ralph's last note sounds like angels playing with him.

Willie Brown keeps his soul thanks to the Karate Kid.

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  posted on 8/7/2007 at 10:32 PM
I watch this movie every six months since it came out....

Love it...

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 01:38 AM
No mention of Jamie Gertz?? All in all an enjoyable flick. If I remember correctly it was originally supposed to be a Robert Johnson bio, I think Keith Richards was involved somehow? The suits got ahold of it and it the rest is history.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 01:52 AM
Didn't like it.

Karate Kid sure looked like a fake guitarist to me.

kept waiting for Arnold from Happy Days to show up as
the ghost of Robert Johnson.

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 05:56 AM
great movie. I watch it from tiomne to time.
Favorite lines:

"I bet you bought that guitar because it looked beat up"
"Thomas Edison didn't invent electricity...Muddy Waters invented electricity"

Lightning Boy: "I'm gonna put some time in when I get out of Juilliard"
Blind Willie: "When you get out of Julie who?"

and for the record, Jack Blades kicked Lighting Boy's ass in that duel.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 06:16 AM
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and for the record, Jack Blades kicked Lighting Boy's ass in that duel.



One of my favorite parts is when Vai trys to fake that he can't play the notes that the kid is. That is some of the worst acting I've ever seen!

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 07:06 AM
I haven't seen this in a long while. I remember it wasnt' bad.

My favorite critique of the film came from Clapton.

He said something to the effect, that here's this blues based film with
the whole cutting heads duel, and what does the kid fall back on ...
classical music. He said it was a bunch of B-S. That was the late 80's.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 07:32 AM
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but I could never get "wax on wax off" outta my head...



Try peroxide and Q-Tips.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 07:51 AM
"Yeah, we split heads round here about every Saturday night. I got me a boy by the name of Jack Blades.....Oh, he gonna like you."
 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 07:53 AM
Wasn't Jack Blades the bass players name in Nightranger ?

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 08:12 AM
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Wasn't Jack Blades the bass players name in Nightranger ?


LOL Yes he was/is.

Vai's character was Jack Butler I believe.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 08:41 AM
Yes, he was a "boy by the name of Jack Butler." Does Vai look menacing in that scene or what? Love the way he practically rips his whammy bar off his guitar as he waves it in Ralph's face. That's stuff any great director would love to capture on film. You just can't write that stuff. I'm joking of course.....Still, Vai pulls it off pretty well. An evil servant of the devil himself.
 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 09:03 AM
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Wasn't Jack Blades the bass players name in Nightranger ?


LOL Yes he was/is.

Vai's character was Jack Butler I believe.


Correct...my bad.
For the record, Jack Butler woulda kicked Jack Blades ass too.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 09:09 AM
Arlen Roth was also involved in the project, teaching Ralph how to play guitar. Although Ralph didn't play his own parts, he wanted to at least have some of the fingerings look real. I remember a Guitar Player article released about the time the movie came out with Arlen stating he was not given proper credit. Here's what Arlen had to say about the movie from his website:

http://www.arlenroth.com/crossroads.html

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 09:14 AM
I've seen it a few times. It's worth a rental if you haven't seen it, I guess.

Speaking of favorite lines, I think there was an exchange that went something like:

Lightning Boy: "Now all I need is a Mississippi string tie and I'll be ready to go."
Blind Willie: "You'll need a hell of a lot more than that."

Or

Lightning Boy: "We're a couple of blues men."
Blind Wilie: "I'm the blues man, he's from Long Island."

Or

Lightning Boy (trying to make the argument that THIS Willie Brown is Robert Johnson's Willie Brown): "But you play the harmonica, that was Willie Brown's main instrument."
Blind Willie: "Boy, where I come from, if you didn't blow harp, you didn't get no p***y."

I remember reading somewhere that Sonny Terry played some (or maybe all) of the harp for that movie.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 09:21 AM
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My favorite critique of the film came from Clapton.

He said something to the effect, that here's this blues based film with
the whole cutting heads duel, and what does the kid fall back on ...
classical music. He said it was a bunch of B-S. That was the late 80's.
I agreed with Clapton when I first read that, and still do. I saw the movie in 1986 and now have it on a budget-priced DVD. Take the film for what it is. Hollywood did their take on the Robert Johnson legend. There are good and bad points to the whole thing. It is still a guitar oriented movie with plenty of blues music, so that is pretty good. Arlen Roth of "Hot Licks" instruction was the guitar coach for Ralph Macchio.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 09:24 AM
Many years ago, on a rainy cold Sunday afternoon, I was sitting on my couch watching the NFL, comes a knock at the door. A friend, asks me to come with him to his house, have dinner with his family. When we get there, he has his wife and 3 daughters lined up on the couch. He has rented Crossroads, watched it once. Wants me to explain the movie to his family. I did what I could.

Different accounts I've read over the years credit all the accoustic work to Ry Cooder, the electric work to Steve Vai, harmonica to Sonny Terry. Some say the story line and Willie Brown character were loosely based on the lives of Johnny Shines and Robert Jr. Lockwood. As someone posted here, that could encompass most any of the old travelling bluesmen.

 
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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 09:47 AM
Ralph Macchio? talk about bad casting.

would have been much better with Robbie Benson.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 10:57 AM
or Kirsty McNichol.

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 12:19 PM
The slide playing sux

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 12:23 PM
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or Kirsty McNichol.

"LOng Island? Famous breedin ground for bluesmen!"
That is Jami Gertz as Frances

 

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  posted on 8/8/2007 at 01:03 PM
Hahahah, this was a funny movie.

But I know that Derrick would clean the Devils clock.

 

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