ⓘ Quicksilver (film)

Quicksilver (film)

ⓘ Quicksilver (film)

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.


1. Plot

Jack Casey Kevin Bacon is a young floor trader who loses all of his companys and familys savings on a risky business decision. 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 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 he should become involved. Those matters lead to a sinister web of murder and intrigue.

Casey later makes a killing on the stock market, restoring his familys fortune and securing his friends financial future.


2. Cast

  • David Harris as Apache
  • Jami Gertz as Terri
  • Rudy Ramos as Gypsy
  • Louie Anderson as Tiny
  • Whitney Kershaw as Rand
  • Charles McCaughan as Airborne
  • Georgann Johnson as Mrs. Casey
  • Laurence Fishburne as Voodoo
  • Kevin Bacon as Jack Casey
  • Paul Rodriguez as Hector Rodriguez
  • Gerald S. OLoughlin as Mr. Casey
  • Joshua Shelley as Shorty
  • Andrew Smith as Gabe Kaplan

3. Music

The films 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.


  • "Shortcut to Somewhere" – Fish and Tony Banks
  • "Quicksilver Lightning" – Roger Daltrey
  • "Nothing At All" – Peter Frampton
  • "One Sunny Day/Dueling Bikes from Quicksilver" – Ray Parker Jr. and Helen Terry
  • "Suite Streets-From Quicksilver" - Thomas Newman
  • "Quicksilver Suite II/Crash Landing" – Tony Banks
  • "The Motown Song" – Larry John McNally
  • "Casual Thing" – Fiona
  • "Quicksilver Suite I/Rebirth/The Gypsy" – Tony Banks
  • "Through the Night Love Song from Quicksilver" – John Parr and Marilyn Martin


4. Reception

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

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, theres something to watch. For the rest of the time, Quicksilver is as much fun as a slow leak."