Taglines: When your family is closing you in, music may be the only way out.
The siblings Patty and Joe Rasnick live in an industrial suburb in Cleveland, Ohio. While Patty is focused on their rock band, The Barbusters, Joe also cares for the family and the upbringing of Patty’s young son, Benji. Their pious mother reproaches them for their way of life, especially when they quit their jobs and go on tour, taking Benji with them. However, when their mother is dying of terminal cancer, they return home and resolve their problems with her.
Light of Day is a 1987 American drama film starring Michael J. Fox, Gena Rowlands and Joan Jett. It was written and directed by Paul Schrader. The original music score was composed by Thomas Newman and the cinematography is by John Bailey.
The soundtrack to the film was released in 1987. As a single, “Light of Day” reached number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received additional album-oriented rock airplay due to the connection of Joan Jett and Bruce Springsteen. “The Barbusters” is the name of Jett’s band in the film.
“Light of Day” (Bruce Springsteen) – The Barbusters
“This Means War” (Joan Jett, Bob Halligan, Jr., Kenny Laguna) – The Barbusters
“Twist It Off” (Jimmie Vaughan, Kim Wilson, Fran Christina, Preston Hubbard) – The Fabulous Thunderbirds
“Cleveland Rocks” (Ian Hunter) – Ian Hunter
“Stay with Me Tonight” (Dave Edmunds, John David) – Dave Edmunds
“It’s All Coming Down Tonight” (Frankie Miller, Andy Fraser) – The Barbusters
“Rude Mood” (Stevie Ray Vaughan) – The Barbusters
“Only Lonely” (Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan) – Bon Jovi
“Rabbit’s Got the Gun” (Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna) – The Hunzz (credited as ‘Joined Forces’ on the cassette sleeve)
“You Got No Place to Go” (Michael J. Fox, Alan Mark Poul) – Michael J. Fox
“Elegy” (Thomas Newman) – Rick Cox, Chas Smith, Jon C. Clarke and Michael Boddicker
Light of Day (1987)
Directed by: Paul Schrader
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Gena Rowlands, Joan Jett, Michael McKean, Thomas G. Waites, Cherry Jones, Michael Dolan, Paul J. Harkins, Billy L. Sullivan, Cherise Vonae Haugen, Yvette Heyden
Screenplay by: Paul Schrader
Production Design by: Jeannine Oppewall
Cinematography by: John Bailey
Film Editing by: Jacqueline Cambas, Jill Savitt
Costume Design by: Jodie Lynn Tillen
Set Decoration by: Lisa Fischer
Music by: Thomas Newman
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Release Date: February 6, 1987