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Crossroads [DVD]

Ralph Macchio , Joe Seneca , Allan Arbus    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca, Jami Gertz, Joe Morton, Robert Judd
  • Directors: Allan Arbus
  • Producers: Ry Cooder
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Croatian, Danish, Finnish, Greek
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 3 May 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JSRSTQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,274 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Musical drama directed by Walter Hill starring Ralph Macchio. Eugene Martone (Macchio) is a young white man obsessed with the blues, after having trained at Juillard. He then befriends ageing blues master Willie Brown (Joe Seneca), and helps him escape from the nursing home he resides in. The unlikely pair make their way down to the Mississippi Delta where, unbeknown to Eugene, Willie plans to revoke a diabolical deal he made many moons ago. The acclaimed soundtrack is by Ry Cooder.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on Robert Johnson!!!!!1 29 Dec 2010
Format:DVD
Thanks to Amazon I've eventually acquired this long lost film(Sorry for the pun)This is a real feel good movie,Steve Vai and Ry Cooder duelling guitar's...could it get better? I think not!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues Story 9 May 2011
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Just one on my most favourite films ever. Bought this for my son who is learning guitar and he's already watched it ten times.Never going to win an oscar but a great feelgood film with some terrific music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite films 5 Sep 2013
By Mr. M Errington VINE VOICE
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This comes onto the TV occasionally, but butchered with adverts. My home-recorded copy was no good anymore, so I decided to buy a proper copy. This is a seriously underrated film, and Ralph 'Karate Kid' Macchio's finest hour. He plays Eugene, a teenage music student in New York obsessed with the Blues, especially Robert Johnson. He finds an old bluesman (Joe Seneca) living in a secure old people's home, finishing an indefinite sentence for murder, and is convinced that this is Robert Johnson's friend, Willie Brown. The old man persuades Eugene to break him out of the home and back to Mississippi in exchange for a lost song by Johnson. They have to hitch there way after the money runs out. Eugene is a technically gifted player but starts out having no 'Mileage'. During the trip they encounter all sorts of prejudice and corruption and Eugene has his heart broken by fellow traveler, Jami Gertz. By the end of the trip Eugene has experienced enough to enable him to play the blues with real feeling. This is a road movie and a coming of age movie as well as being about the search for the song and how to play the Blues. Legend has it that Johnson sold his soul to the Devil, as in 'Crossroad Blues'. In the film, Willie Brown did the same and wants to escape the contract before he dies. The big scene at the end features a guitar duel between Eugene and a devilishly good heavy rock guitarist played by Steve Vai, the prize being Willie's soul. Well acted, especially by Seneca, ably directed and with a brilliant score by Ry Cooder this is a top film. The soundtrack album is also well worth buying, although it lacks the guitar duel, for contractual reasons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 4 Mar 2013
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I have watched this one at least one hundred times, and will watch it again.
An absolute must for all guitarists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 17 Feb 2013
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A very entertaining film that has always suffered from being underrated. Because of the famous "head-cutting duel" scene, many people have written it off as just being for electric guitar fanatics but it's much more than that and I'm sure that in the future, it will achieve cult-movie status.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 80s classic.. 8 May 2012
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i remember this movie wen i was a teenager back in the late 80s... me n my buddies wud watch this movie constantly as we wer really into our guitaring.. 1 of my all time favourite movies and wen i found it was on amazon i immediately ordered it.. the guitar battle ralph macchio has with STEVE VAI .. is just awesome ... i luv everthing about this movie and i could watch it a 1000 times... the acting is first class.. the music is excellent... the guitaring is out of this world and its such an original movie.. i cant compare this movie to any other and throw in a sexy babe like jamie gertz to this movie just makes it a true masterpiece.. if you like guitar music you will absolutely love this movie for sure.. it truely is 10/10 ..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I got the Blues 21 Nov 2011
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A really enjoyable film. The raison d'etre of the film's title is obviously from the alleged faustian pact made by Robert Johnson on that Mississippi crossroads. So Blues aficionados maybe a bit disappointed this film is not a little more infused with the life and times of the great man, although there are plenty of references to him. However this is a 'mainstream' film, so I suppose you can't have everything!
The narrative may also seem a little clunky in places, but overall I would say the direction and editing has a fluency and lightness of touch that just sweeps you along to the extraordinary demonic guitar duel finale. And I think the interplay between the main protagonists does also work really well.
Apart from the guitar duel 'cadenza' the final encounter at the crossraoads with the 'Devil' and his assistant (Mephisto'?) beforehand, was for me, one of the highlights of the film and actually quite moving.
Steve Vai was a good sport for his part in the film (you'll know what I mean if you watch it) and certainly be left wanting to know more about his music and Ry Cooder's (eg. Buena Vista Social Club).
A definite one to watch for any self-repecting guitar fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crossroads 19 Aug 2011
Format:DVD
Good film, with a great soundtrack from Ry Cooder. The storyline is one of legend-the late, great Robert Johnson, supposedly, selling his soul to the devil, just so that he could get the "ultimate" song, the "lost" song. Good, believable performances from the leads, even though the story gets a bit unbelievable towards the end! A weicome relief from the posing, posturing of the action thriller!!
As far as the delivery is concerned, the dvd arrived in superb condition-as described-in good time and in really good packaging-would definitely use the supplier again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guitar film ever...
I am reading through the reviews about this flick... "shallow characters"...mmm, no, not really... "Badly acted" ... don't think so... "story not realistic".. which one is?... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Dalton T
4.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite.
I had this originally on vhs that I lent to someone years ago and never got it back.
Great to see it again and this time on dvd. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Moreira
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
There is a shallowness to the acting and all is rather predictable and rushed. However, the atmosphere of the old bluesmens roots in the South is well depicted. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adrian
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
fast delivery , item was seen a few years ago and film was great , our grandchildren who are taking lessons in karate loved it
Published 2 months ago by banksy
5.0 out of 5 stars Crossroads
No "Miss Diane" or "Benny" in this amiable caper. Saw the film years ago and it kept my attention throughout. My wife is a guitar lover and also enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by bully
5.0 out of 5 stars CROSSROADS DVD
I HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR ALONG TIME TO GET HOLD OF THIS DVD. THE STORY IS A GOOD ONE AND THE GUITAR PLAYING IS "OUT OF THIS WORLD". Read more
Published 6 months ago by MOLLYCHOPS
5.0 out of 5 stars Crossroads DVD
As a guitarist ....love the DVD & Steve Vai as Jack Butler.
Good slide guitar from Ry Cooder - would recomend
Published 6 months ago by Ron Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars A real classic.
If you are looking at this chances are you saw it when it was first released all those years ago - if you loved it then, then you still will - great film that still holds up well... Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Saw this film on TV great blues film and a view into US have and have not culture/social attitudes. Enjoyed seeing it again
Published 7 months ago by N Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars The Karate Kid with Guitars!
I absolutely loved this film. I enjoyed the Karate Kid films and can't help but compare it to them. Instead of the Karate Master Mr Miagi, Macchio's character finds an old famous... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Martyn Stanley
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