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Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

A television newswoman picks up the story of a 1960s rock band whose long-lost leader - Eddie Wilson - may still be alive, while searching for the missing tapes of the band's never-released album.

Director:

Martin Davidson

Writers:

Martin Davidson (screenplay), Arlene Davidson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Frank Ridgeway
Michael Paré ... Eddie Wilson
Joe Pantoliano ... Doc Robbins
Matthew Laurance ... Sal Amato
Helen Schneider Helen Schneider ... Joann Carlino
David Wilson ... Kenny Hopkins
Michael 'Tunes' Antunes Michael 'Tunes' Antunes ... Wendell Newton
Ellen Barkin ... Maggie Foley
Kenny Vance Kenny Vance ... Lew Eisen
John Stockwell ... Keith Livingston
Joe Cates Joe Cates ... Lois
Barry Sand Barry Sand ... Barry Siegel
Vebe Borge Vebe Borge ... Gerry Rivers
Howard Johnson Howard Johnson ... Wendell's Replacement
Joey Balin Joey Balin ... Eddie's Replacement
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Storyline

They say rock 'n' roll never dies, but one early morning in 1964, Eddie Wilson's car took a dive off a New Jersey bridge with the troubled rock idol at the wheel. His body was never found. Twenty years after the lead singer of Eddie and the Cruisers disappeared, the band's songs are hotter than ever. And renewed interest in the band leads television reporter Maggie Foley to pursue a tantalizing mystery: What if Eddie is still alive? The circumstances surrounding his death are just shadowy enough to make it a distinct possibility, and someone (could it be Eddie?) has been ransacking the homes of the surviving band members in a desperate search for tapes of the group's visionary, never-released album. As Maggie interviews the former band members, the pieces of the puzzle start to fit - but only until still deeper mysteries begin to surface. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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Taglines:

Rebel. Rocker. Lover. Idol. Vanished. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eddie i krazowniki See more »

Filming Locations:

Highlands, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,444,886, 25 September 1983

Gross USA:

$4,786,789

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,786,789
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Aurora See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Before this movie, John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown was just called Beaver Brown. They became very popular due to the fact anytime they played any bar in Asbury Park, Stone Pony, Fast Lane and such, Bruce would show up and usually sing "Rosalita" and "Twist and Shout" with the band. See more »

Goofs

When Frank arrives at his home (trailer), you see a copy of the album "Tender Years", about 3/4 of the album is peaking out of the pile. After Doc calls him, he reaches for the album, only 25% of the album is peaking out of the pile. See more »

Quotes

Sal Amato: [the band is at Benton College where Frank graduated from] Hey, Wordman, this shindig tonight. How are we suppose to dress?
Frank Ridgeway: Hey, wait a minute. What is the big deal? We've played at colleges before.
Eddie Wilson: Yeah, sure, we played at "Saint Something" down in Delaware and "Fairleigh Ridiculous" up in Madison, but we ain't never played at no finishing school like this. This is a mistake, we don't belong here. These people are different.
Frank Ridgeway: I'm telling you they're gonna eat us up. They're just a bunch of ...
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Connections

Referenced in Velvet Goldmine (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild Summer Nights
Written by John Cafferty (uncredited)
Performed by John Cafferty (lead vocal and guitar), Michael 'Tunes' Antunes (saxophone), Gary Gramolini (guitar), Robert Nicholas Cotoia (piano), Patrick Lupo (bass), Kenny Jo Silva (drums)
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Sensational rock music film ,today considered a cult movie
29 November 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film deals a rockers band in the 1960s,the successful group is constituted by the leader Eddie(Michael Pare) and the rest band (Tom Berenguer,Joe Pantoliano,Matthew Laurance among others),but the lead singer dies in a car accident without appear mysteriously the body.Nowadays a reporter named Maggie(Ellen Barkin) is interviewing the surviving but another member has deceased by a stroke heart.Memories group are being relived by Frank (Tom Berenguer).The journalist and members of band are looking for the last unpublished tapes what turn out to be the band's final recording.The tapes have the title : ¨time in the inferno¨ like as a Rimbaud poem(written in 1873) .Maggie thinks what Eddie following the Rimbaud life(he had a tempestuous existence and was Paul Verlaine lover and disappearing early, his biography was brought to the life in a film with Leonardo DiCaprio)committed a suicide simulated and she doesn't believes to be dead.

It's an interesting film with excellent music and nowadays is deemed a cult movie.Casting is frankly enjoyable,the film results to be the best Michael Pare performance.The magnificent music is by John Chafferty and Beaver Brown Band.The motion picture is well directed by Martin Davidson,he's a director at his beginning realized good movies with known actors : Lord's of Flatbush,Hero at large and of course Eddie of the Cruisers; however today he makes solely for television episodes. The picture got a sequel with the same actors (exception of Tom Berenguer) in which Eddie emerges under a new identity in the city of Montreal and he forms a new musical group and are answered the questions of the previous film .The film will like to rockers and musical cinema devotees. Rating : Above average


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