Quicksilver (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes


Quicksilver (1986)




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In this underscripted and not wholly convincing drama, Kevin Bacon plays Jack Casey, an up-and-coming broker who crashes on the stock market one day and cashes in whatever he has left to become a bicycle messenger in San Francisco. Although not exactly a logical alternative, bicycling the hilly streets of S.F. turns out to be dangerous after Casey runs into Gypsy (Rudy Ramos), the street pusher who has the messengers run drugs for him. A series of characters and events drop in and out of the conflict between Gypsy and Casey, including love interest Terri (Jami Gertz) and Casey's friend Hector (Paul Rodriguez). Music dominates throughout the film which includes scenes of breakdancing on bikes.

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Kevin Bacon
as Jack Casey
Paul Rodriguez
as Hector Rodriguez
Andrew Smith
as Gabe Kaplan
Patricia West-Dale Ruth
as Secretary Ad Agency
Georgann Johnson
as Mrs. Casey
Nelson Vails
as Messenger in Maroon Beret
Lou Dinos
as Cha Cha
Michael Kaye
as Dedicated
Joel Weiss
as Educated
Leila Kane
as Maria Rodriguez
Frank D'Annibale
as Grocery Store Owner
Patricia West-Del Ruth
as Secretary Ad Agency
Joe Leahy
as Brokers at Lunch
Michael Fox
as Brokers at Lunch
Richard Warlock
as Cab Driver
Joseph Hieu
as Asian Gang Member
Michael Paul Chan
as Asian Gang Member
Peck Joseph
as Counterman
Launa Morosan
as Bar Flirt
Vanessa Newman
as Nector's Niece
Michael O'Rourke
as Public Trader
Martin Aparijo
as Bicycle Messenger
Woody Itson
as Bicycle Messenger
Franz Krotochvil
as Bicycle Messenger
William J. Napoli
as Options Trader
John E. Cappiello
as Options Trader
Alan J. Sondag
as Options Trader
Jim Henry
as Options Trader
Reid Steiner
as Options Trader
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Critic Reviews for Quicksilver

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Quicksilver youthsploitation moviemaking at its most youthsploitative, doesn't include breakdancing, although it does include bikedancing, which sort of rhymes with breakdancing.

January 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

May 21, 2003 | Full Review…

The movie has moments when it comes to life, when it threatens to tell a story about interesting people, and then it wanders off into inane scenes designed only to sell records.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Quicksilver fares best in its familiar yet entertaining opening stretch...

January 1, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Still holds up well and entertains thoroughly.

August 5, 2013 | Full Review…

Finally, the "ten-speed bike" opus we've all been waiting for.

April 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Quicksilver


Daft but enjoyable 80's drama with Kevin Bacon.

Jonny Crumley
Jonny Crumley

Super Reviewer


Kevin Bacon followed his breakout role in Footloose with this story of a washed up stock broker who finds his calling as bicycle messenger. He's surrounded by stereotypical, yet colorful characters played by recognizable character actors like Paul Rodriguez, Louis Anderson, Jamie Gertz, and pre-Matrix Laurence Fishburne as Voodoo, a messenger who doesn't care about what he delivers, even if it is for the local drug runner, known as The Gypsy. The movie is filled with lots of bicycyle stunts, and even an impromptu freestyle competition. There's also character conflict as Bacon tries to recapture his stock broker ways, better the lives of his fellow messengers, and bring down The Gypsy when he begins to hurt his friends. A mid-80's movie, it's filled with big hair, wild clothing styles, and requisite pop music, probably meant to fuel soundtrack sales. For Bacon it was cashing a paycheck on the road to cult classics like Tremors, and adding more links to the Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon game.

RJ MacReady
RJ MacReady

Super Reviewer

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