Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

PG  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Music  |  23 September 1983 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doc Robbins
Sal Amato
Helen Schneider ...
Joann Carlino
Kenny Hopkins
Michael 'Tunes' Antunes ...
Wendell Newton
Kenny Vance ...
Lew Eison
Joe Cates ...
Barry Sand ...
Barry Siegel
Vebe Borge ...
Gerry Rivers
Howard Johnson ...
Wendell's Replacement
Joey Balin ...
Eddie's Replacement


Maggie Foley is a television reporter who's interviewing the surviving members of a 1960s rock band whose music is being revived. Memories of the band's leader Eddie Wilson are being relived as Frank Ridgeway is reunited with the old members of the band. As the memories are relived on the screen, it becomes clear that someone is looking for the lost unpublished tapes of the band's final recording and that someone might be Eddie! Written by Kurt Pires <kjpires@holonet.net>

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


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Eddie i krazowniki  »

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Eddie says they played at Fairleigh Ridiculous us Madison, this was a reference to the school Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison NJ. Fairleigh ridiculous was a nickname for the school. See more »


At the recording studio, when Sal blames Frank for destroying the band ("It was you!"), there's a modern thermostat on the wall over Frank's shoulder. See more »


Maggie Foley: "A Season in Hell", a spiritual and confessional biography. Arthur Rimbaud was a genius, his writings were a quest. A search for perfection, an attempt to find total freedom. At the age of 19, Arthur Rimbaud committed suicide, not of the flesh, but of the mind and the soul. It means he never another word, and disappeared off the face of the earth. He was not seen nor heard from again for nearly twenty years, until he reappeared in a hospital within Marseille on his deathbed.
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Boardwalk Angel
Performed by John Cafferty (Lead Vocal and Guitar), Michael 'Tunes' Antunes (Saxophone),
Gary Gramolini (Guitar), Kenny Jo Silva (Drums), Robert Nicholas Cotoia (Piano), Pat Lupo (Bass)
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Very Good Rock 'N Roll Film
11 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one the best rock 'n roll movies ever made, but that doesn't say much since there haven't too many that much good to begin with. However, this IS good.

It features solid music by John Cafferty, whose "The Dark Side," is played quite a bit during the movie but is a great song and always enjoyable to hear. The movie also has interesting characters and a somewhat intriguing story. The story features a decent imitation of a Jim Morrison-type lead singer without getting too dramatic.

A very young Ellen Barkin is the female lead here. She looked better when she got a bit older. A young Joe Pantolione also is in here and Michael Pare was effective as the lead singer.

Don't listen to the national film critics who didn't care for the film. The public liked it and most times, they are a better judge.

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