This Movie is a Joke


I taped this off TV and watched it for free.

Though it may have some redeeming qualities beyond my grasp, it is a poorly made film.

It starts out in a cheesy TV directorial style like Cheers, has horrible original music (even by 80s standards), and the locations are so poorly done it made me confused, then made me laugh:

It starts out, he's a big trader in the financial world and taking cabs everywhere, so, okay, he's obviously in New York, because that is where those Gordon Gecko type flicks are set, right? But then he is in San Francisco, then he is in L.A.? An average episode of Cold Case does a 10,000x better job of making L.A. look like someplace else.

Even for a cheesy 80s movie, this is lame.

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That opening sequence was supposed to take place in San Francisco in the movie. Other than the mistake of trying to pass Fifth Avenue in New York City as San Francisco, the movie was a pretty good film. I rather enjoyed it!








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Although I'm leaning towards agreeing with you that it's set in San Francisco, I'm not sure the filmmakers really bothered to decide.

Besides what the original poster said, here's another example. When the guy asks Terri to make a shady delivery for the first time, he gives her the address "21 West 88th Street" and she answers, yeah, she knows where that is, it's "off the park." That's a New York address and "off the park" (Central Park) is where it would be. I also remember someone at the shop saying a delivery is destined for "Midtown." I'm not sure if that's the name of an area in San Francisco, but it's definitely an area of Manhattan.

My theory is the script was written for New York and then for whatever reason the filmmakers decided to set it in San Francisco without changing the script much, if at all. Given the rampant continuity errors in both costumes and character motivation visible in the film, a sloppy, last minute change of setting seems likely.

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Yeah, it looks like it was shot in more than one location and that's probably what tanked it. I just happened to enjoy a good movie with a protagonist who redeems himself over overwhelming odds and becomes a better person for it. I'm always willing to overlook sloppy production values if the story is engaging, which I personally found to be the case in "Quicksilver".







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This may not be a good movie, but it really isn't a bad one either. I think the writers/directors just didn't know what the movie should really be. Drama, action, comedy..it doesn't really mesh well here. Even the location is off-base. But I am a Kevin BAcon fan and a Gertz fan and liked the action on the bikes. It was entertaining.

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Agreed. Being a fan of the actors and actresses in the movie goes a long way in overlooking flaws in a movie.






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you guys just caught this movie at the wrong time....back in the day...25 years ago, this was a cool film to catch on tv...seems budget may have been low..

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Twenty-five years ago or this year I think QUICKSILVER is a decent movie. Sure, some of the eighties cliches are there but overall I thought this was a feel good movie as Kevin Bacon redeems himself from a shameful (his characters shame) mistake.




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you guys just caught this movie at the wrong time....back in the day...25 years ago, this was a cool film to catch on tv...seems budget may have been low..






In other words, I think the movie holds up fine.








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Agreed. Being a fan of the actors and actresses in the movie goes a long way in overlooking flaws in a movie.


I liked Kevin Bacon and Jamie Gertz, but the film itself is a joke.

Its filled with every bad 80s cliché, the screenplay is a disaster, the narratives are disjointed, and the character's motivations are confused. The premise is absurd.

The music during action scenes is the same generic low-grade syth we hear in all 80s movies, it could have been created in a hour on a 50 dollar Casio keyboard.

Kevin Bacon always turns in good performance, its not his fault. The fact that this received modest praise from critics, (and wasn't singled out for scorn) in the 80s tells you all you need to know about that decade.

We watched this last night, and found ourselves laughing out loud and cringing though most of the film. I did see this during the 80s, and I never thought it was this bad, but of course moviegoers in the 1980s came to expect very little.

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I could never get over whether the character was in New York or San Francisco.

Its that man again!!

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It's new york, they just went to san fransisco for the bike race

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i believe it was never meant to be the NYSE.

at that time san francisco had a stock exchange... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Exchange


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He is in a hilly city, according to my program guide.

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I could never get over whether the character was in New York or San Francisco.


This film was so poorly made, I honestly think the 1980s audience wouldn't even notice. That's the level of filmmaking the 1980s movie goer was accustomed to.

OP is right, Quicksilver is a joke. Its filled with every bad 80s cliché, the screenplay is a disaster, the narratives are disjointed, and the character's motivations are confused. The premise is absurd.

The music during action scenes is the same generic low-grade syth we hear in all 80s movies, it could have been created in a hour on a 50 dollar Casio keyboard.

Kevin Bacon always turns in good performance, its not his fault. The fact that this received modest praise from critics, (and wasn't singled out for scorn) in the 80s tells you all you need to know about that decade.

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