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Been searching for a lost film!
on 18 March 2005
I've waited for this film to come onto DVD for years. This is a good little road movie which teams up a young classical guitarist, who has an obsession with blues music and in particular Robert Johnsons missing song, with an 80 year old blues harmonica player, Willy Brown, held in a geriatric detention centre in New York. The kid breaks the old man out on the condition that they travel South to discover the missing song. Along the way the old mans terrible secret is let out - he made a pack with the Devil! The climax is our young guitarist going head to head with a heavy metal guitarist in a contest with their very souls at stake.
The only fault with this film is the distraction of the young girl they hitch up with whilst "hobo-ing" in the deep south. Nice enough looking bit of fluff, but does nothing for the film.
Ralph Macchio plays the young blues obsessed kid from New York. Like in the Karate kid, his strength as an actor is that he comes across as young and naïve and that is perfect for this role. He ALMOST looks like he is playing the guitar at times. Ry Cooder made the real sounds.
The rock guitarist in the duel at the end is played by Steve Vai who comes across as a demonic axe man.
I have no idea why this is not available in the UK, but I had to get this via Amazon Market place, from a stockist in the US. I can't help thinking that a trashy Britney Spears film with the same name may have helped keep this of our shelves.
If you like rock or blues guitar music or just enjoy buddy/road movies, watch this film.