Kevin Bacon on the poster for Quicksilver
|Directed by||Thomas Michael Donnelly|
|Produced by||Daniel Melnick
Michael I. Rachmil
|Written by||Thomas Michael Donnelly|
|Music by||Tony Banks|
|Cinematography||Thomas Del Ruth|
|Edited by||Tom Rolf|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||February 14, 1986 (USA)|
|Running time||105 minutes (1:46:16)|
|Box office||$7,246,979 (USA)|
Quicksilver is an American drama film released in 1986 on Columbia Pictures, starring Kevin Bacon. The film was written and directed by Thomas Michael Donnelly, the film also includes Jami Gertz, Paul Rodriguez, Louie Anderson, Larry Fishburne, and Rudy Ramos.
Kevin Bacon's character is Jack Casey, a young successful floor trader who after a bad day on the market, loses all of his Company's and family's savings on a risky business decision, gone wrong. Deflated and disenchanted with his profession, he then quits his job and becomes a bicycle messenger for the service, Kurtzweill's Quicksilver Express Co., Ltd. Casey then has to deal with his parents and his girlfriend, who are disappointed with his job as a bicycle messenger. Along with the colourful characters that work with him, he saves a troubled young woman from a gang, called Terri ("Jami Gertz").
Although frustrated, Casey enjoys the freedom that comes with his lower responsibility. He also uses his education and business acumen to help his co-workers. When some of them are involved in dangerous or difficult matters, Casey must decide whether (and how) he should become involved, those matters lead to a sinister web of murder and intrigue.
He later saves the day by winning a killing on the market, restoring his family's lost fortune and secures everybody's financial future. He is then faced with killing a bad guy, and wins in the same afternoon.
- Kevin Bacon as Jack Casey
- Jami Gertz as Terri
- Paul Rodriguez as Hector Rodriguez
- Rudy Ramos as Gypsy
- Andrew Smith as Gabe Kaplan
- Gerald S. O'Loughlin as Mr. Casey
- Larry Fishburne as Voodoo
- Louie Anderson as Tiny
- Charles McCaughan as Airborne
- David Harris as Apache
- Whitney Kershaw as Rand
- Joshua Shelley as Shorty
- Georgann Johnson as Mrs. Casey
- Nelson Vails as a Messenger in a Maroon Beret
- Lou Dinos as Cha Cha
- Michael Kaye as Dedicated
- Joel Weiss as Educated
- Leila Kane as Maria Rodriguez
- Daniel Leegant as Chip
- John Walter Davis as Ax
- Gregory Wagrowski as Rolf
- Frank D'Annibale as a Grocery store Owner
- Jimmy Romano as Spider
- Patricia Allison as a Nurse
- Abel Fernandez as Guyamo
- Patricia West-Del Ruth as a Secretary at an Advertising agency
- Michael Fox as a Broker at Lunch
- Joe Leahy as a Broker at Lunch
- Dick Warlock as a Taxicab Driver (credited as "Richard Warlock")
- Jacque Lynn Colton as a Waitress
- Joseph Hieu as an Asian Gangmember #1
- Michael Paul Chan as an Asian Gangmember #2
- Joseph Peck as a Counterman
- George Moffatt as a Bum
- Robert Cotney as a Walter #1
- Shirley Walker as a Hooker
- Valerie McIntosh as a Hooker
- Launa Morosan as a Bar Flirt
- Vanessa Newman as Hector Rodriguez's Niece
- Michael O'Rourke as a Public Trader
- Irwin Scheir as a Broker
- Martin Aparijo as a Bicycle messenger
- Woody Itson as a Bicycle messenger
- Franz Krotochvil as a Bicycle messenger
- William J. Napoli as a Options Trader
- John E. Cappiello as a Options Trader
- Alan J. Sondag as a Options Trader
- Jim Henry as a Options Trader
- Reid Steiner as a Options Trader
Kevin Bacon's bicycle is a singlespeed '84 Raleigh Competition. While no differentiation is made in the film, at least three different configurations are seen on Bacon's bike during the movie: Fixed-gear, singlespeed, and outfitted with 0-degree trick forks during various scenes in Bacon's apartment. A possible freewheel is suggested early in the film when Bacon dismounts while in motion and a distinct clicking sound is heard until the bike stops moving.
A 1984/5 Raleigh Grand Prix is used for the opening chase sequence, and a 1984 or '85 Super Course makes a brief appearance in the opening credits.
The film's theme song is "Quicksilver Lightning" by Giorgio Moroder and Dean Pitchford. Performed by Roger Daltrey, it was a minor hit on the pop charts. The film score was composed by Tony Banks, of Genesis fame. Other music is contributed by performers such as Ray Parker, Jr. and Peter Frampton.
- "Quicksilver Lightning" – Roger Daltrey
- "Casual Thing" – Fiona
- "Nothing At All" – Peter Frampton
- "Shortcut to Somewhere" – Fish and Tony Banks
- "Through the Night (Love Song from Quicksilver)" – John Parr and Marilyn Martin
- "One Sunny Day/Dueling Bikes from Quicksilver" – Ray Parker, Jr. and Helen Terry
- "The Motown Song" – Larry John McNally
- "Suite Streets-From Quicksilver"
- "Quicksilver Suite I/Rebirth/The Gypsy" – Tony Banks
- "Quicksilver Suite II/Crash Landing" – Tony Banks
In The New York Times, Walter Goodman wrote "As long as the characters are doing stunts or whizzing impossibly through city traffic to a strong rock beat, there's something to watch. For the rest of the time, Quicksilver is as much fun as a slow leak."
Bacon's views on the film
In 2008, Kevin Bacon called the film "the absolute lowest point of my career."