Quicksilver (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byThomas Michael Donnelly
Written byThomas Michael Donnelly
Produced by
CinematographyThomas Del Ruth
Edited byTom Rolf
Music byTony Banks
  • Delphi V Productions
  • IndieProd Company Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 14, 1986 (1986-02-14)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$10 million[1]
Box office$7,246,979[2]

Quicksilver is a 1986 American drama film written and directed by Thomas Michael Donnelly and starring Kevin Bacon. The film, which was distributed by Columbia Pictures, also stars Jami Gertz, Paul Rodriguez, Louie Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, and Rudy Ramos.


Jack Casey is a young floor trader on the Pacific Exchange who loses all of his company's and family's savings on a risky trade. Deflated and disenchanted with his profession, he quits his job and becomes a bicycle messenger. Casey has to deal with his parents and his girlfriend, who are disappointed with his new job. Along with the colorful characters that work with him, he saves a troubled young woman named Terri 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 coworkers. When some of them are involved in dangerous or difficult matters, Casey must decide whether he should become involved. Those matters lead to a sinister web of murder and intrigue.

Casey returns to the floor of the exchange for a day, buying shares of a plummeting penny stock and holding on until it recovers. He thus restores his family's fortune and enables his bike-messenger friend, Hector, to afford the hot dog stand he has dreamed of. Terri is again menaced by drug dealer Gypsy but is rescued by Casey's fellow bike messengers. In retaliation against Gypsy, Casey engages in an extended car-versus-bike car chase that ends with Gypsy driving off the end of an uncompleted highway. The film flashes forward to Casey applying for 'normal' jobs and Terri deciding to become a paramedic, and the pair buying hot dogs from Hector.



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. "The Motown Song" would later be covered by Rod Stewart with The Temptations in 1991 and would become a hit on the pop charts.


  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" - Thomas Newman
  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.[3]


The film received negative reviews and as of January 2021 has only a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 16 reviews.[3]

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."[4]

Bacon's views on the film[edit]

In 2008, Kevin Bacon called the film "the absolute lowest point of my career."[5][unreliable source?]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AFI|Catalog".
  2. ^ Quicksilver at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ a b Quicksilver Rotten Tomatoes Flixster
  4. ^ "Quicksilver", Walter Goodman, The New York Times, February 14, 1986.
  5. ^ "All kinds of Fayes Video: QUICKSILVER". 20 August 2011.

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