Quicksilver (film)

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Kevin Bacon on the poster for Quicksilver
Directed by Thomas Michael Donnelly
Produced by Daniel Melnick
Michael I. Rachmil
Written by Thomas Michael Donnelly
Starring Kevin Bacon
Jami Gertz
Music by Tony Banks
Cinematography Thomas Del Ruth
Edited by Tom Rolf
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates February 14, 1986 (USA)
Running time 105 minutes (1:46:16)
Country United States
Language English
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.

Plot synopsis[edit]

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 named Terri (Jami Gertz) from a gang.

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.


Featured bicycles[edit]

Although a variety of bicycles are used in the movie, 1984–85 Raleigh USA road bikes[1] are used throughout by notable players in the movie.

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.

Featured music[edit]

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.


  1. "Quicksilver Lightning" – Roger Daltrey
  2. "Casual Thing" – Fiona
  3. "Nothing At All" – Peter Frampton
  4. "Shortcut to Somewhere" – Fish and Tony Banks
  5. "Through the Night (Love Song from Quicksilver)" – John Parr and Marilyn Martin
  6. "One Sunny Day/Dueling Bikes from Quicksilver" – Ray Parker, Jr. and Helen Terry
  7. "The Motown Song" – Larry John McNally
  8. "Suite Streets-From Quicksilver"
  9. "Quicksilver Suite I/Rebirth/The Gypsy" – Tony Banks
  10. "Quicksilver Suite II/Crash Landing" – Tony Banks

Home media[edit]

The DVD for Quicksilver was released on December 10, 2002 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.[2]


The film received negative reviews and as of August 2013 has only a 15% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 13 reviews.[2]

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."[3]

Bacon's views on the film[edit]

In 2008, Kevin Bacon called the film "the absolute lowest point of my career."[4]


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