Talk:Crossroads (1986 film)

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the slide parts on in the end duel are infact played by ry cooder, if you read the booklet inside the illusive light and sound case

William Kanengiser[edit]

I've read that, while Ry Cooder played the slide material for Ralph Macchio's character, it was William Kanengiser who played the classical stuff. Is this true?--[[User:The Fat Man Who Never Came Back|The Fat Man Who Never Came Back]] 20:16, 1 October 2006 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure Steve Vai wrote the classical sweep picking duel. It is also on his Elusive Light and Sound CD right after the head cutting duel. I've read somewhere that it was inspired by a Paganini Caprice, I think no. 5.

It was Steve Vai indeed. He wrote "Eugene's Trick Bag". I (finally, after over 15 years of searching) bought my own copy of the movie and the credits say (and I quote):

Eugene's Trick Bag
Written and performed by Steve Vai
Reprise of Turkish March arranged by William Kanengiser

William Kanengiser performed the Turkish March from the beginning of the movie (in the classroom), but not the electric guitar bluessy version from the duel. Ry Cooder indeed performed most of the other songs during the movie (but not all), including Ralph's part from the Head Cutting Duel, but Eugene's Trick bag was performed entirely by Steve Vai.

By the way, current "coaching" entry in the trivia appears to be inaccurate. Again quoting from the credits:

Guitar Coach for Ralph Machio: Arlen Roth
Classical Guitar Coach: William Kanengiser

This bit of trivia though is correctly recorded on Arlen Roth's Wiki entry.
Roofred (talk) 12:13, 16 February 2008 (UTC)


I removed the following piece from the Trivia section:

"The guitar used by Vai is not one of his signature Ibanez guitars- he does not own a red one, nor does he use blonde neck guitars (or, more accurately, maple necks)."

It's not particularly notable that the guitar he played in the duel wasn't one of his signature Ibanezes (is that the correct pluralization?), since at the time of filming he had either not begun endorsing Ibanez or had only recently begun doing so. Also, he does play maple-necked guitars (there are several in the "Machines" section of his website). Finally, he does own several red guitars, which are also featured on his site - I would love to know where that one came from. I was thinking maybe the person who put this in meant to imply that Vai doesn't own a red Ibanez, but this would hardly be worth mentioning not only because the guitar in the film isn't an Ibanez - which was the point of that piece of trivia in the first place - but also because he DOES own a red Ibanez. Perhaps someone could take another look at that scene and replace the part I took out with some information on the guitars that WERE used? I don't remember if the kid's guitar was a Tele or a Broadcaster, or if Vai's was a Jackson, Kramer, or some other brand. Intooblv 01:38, 17 November 2006 (UTC)

70s tele, is my guess, based on the logo. Definitely not a broadcaster. The store owner asked for $400 for the amp and the Fender. Eugene's watch was given as payment. But since we later learn that a revolver was also part of the deal, this would mean that the two made out pretty good by today's pawn shop prices (pignose amp, about $60-75, no-name revolver, maybe $175-200, 70s tele, not that one would be found at a pawn shop, would go for around $4-5000 in good shape if it could be). Ralph Macchio, if you're reading this, in that scene where the two are walking in the pouring rain and the guitar is getting drenched, please tell me the director used a 'stunt guitar'. C d h (talk) 15:54, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

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Removed contradiction[edit]

The article said Ry Cooder played all Macchios guitar parts, I changed it according to the following lines in the article and section Movies and Steve Vai played both sides of most of the duel, effectively beating himself. Roger491127 (talk) 09:20, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

I also added a text about the guitar worn in the rain and during most of the film.

"The Fender Telecaster Ralph Macchio carries along his hobo trek in the second half of the film is a 1970s CBS Fender with block lettering on the headstock. Very realistic for the film because not only were they affordable and easy to acquire (in the 1980s, that is), their heavy polyurethane finish made them near impervious to the tests of the road, as seen when Macchio and Seneca are walking through the rain, sleeping in barns, abandoned shacks and the outdoors."

This fact is questioned on youtube. Source: Roger491127 (talk) 09:37, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

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