If life is a road, something can happen at every crossroads, even meet the devil. A young blues enthusiast meets a famous guitarist who has been missing for years.
The man has been locked up in an institution for years and no longer wants to know about music.
But the boy manages to drag him on a Mississippi trip.
The blues’ homeland is the ideal place to become a guitarist, and the old bluesman can be a perfect teacher.
Along the way, he confronts the love and abandonment of a pretty girl, along with the hate of ignorant people.
Once they arrive at their destination, the Devil himself is waiting for them on a crossroad. In fact, the older man became great thanks to a demonic pact, yet to be honored with the last song.
The young man will have the soul and the bluesman’s future in his hands. So decide to play all out in a musical challenge against another damned guitarist.
Excellent blues, musical, and fantasy tale. A movie on the road narrated like a modern fairy tale with the devil sitting waiting at every crossroads.
Ralph Macchio is excellent with his clean and naive face, but not as good or innocent as it seems.
Joe Seneca is hilarious as an arrogant and indifferent master. He already played his cards in life and is now just waiting for the end to come.
Lovely, the rascal and irascible Jami Gertz, a homeless wandering around Mississippi with whom it is better not to joke.
Finally, Robert Judd, an amazing Black Devil, grinning bad when he concludes a pact, putting another soul in his pocket.
The director Walter Hill mixes any genre with remarkable skill. From fantasy to musical and even comedy, inserted in a coming-of-age novel on the road.