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Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

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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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Doc Robbins
Matthew Laurance ...
Sal Amato
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Kenny Hopkins
Michael 'Tunes' Antunes ...
Wendell Newton
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Lew Elson
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Barry Sand ...
Barry Siegel
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Gerry Rivers
Howard Johnson ...
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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 As the memories are relived on the screen, it becomes clear that someone is looking for the lost unpublished tapes of the band's final recording and that someone might be Eddie!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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In 1964, Eddie Wilson had it all. He had genius. He had vision. He had the hottest rock n' roll band in the country. Then, suddenly one night, his car went off a dark New Jersey bridge. His body was never found. But his dream was never lost. And twenty years later, the mystery of Eddie Wilson begins to unravel. See more »

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23 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Eddie i krazowniki  »

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Trivia

The interiors for the radio station at which Doc Robbins (Joe Pantoliano) works were done in the main studio of what was then WMID-AM, Atlantic City (1340 kHz). See more »

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When Frank is talking on the boardwalk, several of the passers-by stop to watch the scene. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Wilson: [to the audience, a few days after Wendell Newton's death] The other day, I buried one of my best friends. He was the best sax player I ever heard. And they tell me I gotta come up here and entertain you people now. I don't think I'll be able to do that.
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Runaway
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by Del Shannon
played in the scene where the band is first arriving at Tony Mart's nightclub
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Read the book!
28 January 2003 | by (somewhere in cyberspace) – See all my reviews

The Michael Pare films are flawed. The John Cafferty music is too much Springsteen and not enough 50's. The sequel was a bad joke. None of this matters. "Eddie and the Cruisers" by P.F. Kluge is probably the best novel ever written about rock'n'roll, and even though it lost a lot in translation to the big screen, the magic is still there. If you like the movie, you simply owe it to yourself to read the book. Then you'll really understand.

One creepy mystery: aside from a couple of minor TV appearances many years later, Helen Schneider ("Joanne Carlino") never made another film after this one. Whatever happened to her? Did she also "pull a Rimbaud"?


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