MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 309 this week

Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

PG  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Music  |  23 September 1983 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 4,918 users  
Reviews: 61 user | 15 critic

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:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 20 Oct 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 27 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 28 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Eddie and the Cruisers.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Montreal construction worker joins a band and turns out to be a long-lost rock star from 1960s New Jersey - none other than Eddie Wilson, who mysteriously disappeared after a road accident.

Director: Jean-Claude Lord
Stars: Michael Paré, Marina Orsini, Bernie Coulson
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A mercenary goes after his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a gang.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Scott is a US Marine who travels Spain to see his sister Kim, after many years of separation. But she is dead, and there is nothing else to arrive him. Alone in the Madrid's streets, Scott ... See full summary »

Director: Denis Amar
Stars: Michael Paré, Tawny Kitaen, Peter Crook
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A United States Navy destroyer escort participates in a Navy "invisibility" experiment that inadvertently sends two sailors 40 years into the future.

Director: Stewart Raffill
Stars: Michael Paré, Nancy Allen, Eric Christmas
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Mastroianni plays an ex-diplomat imprisoned for the murder of his wife who is visited by a young woman who is not only his lover but also his step-daughter.

Director: Liliana Cavani
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Eleonora Giorgi, Tom Berenger
Into the Sun (1992)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Pilot Paul Watkins is stationed in the Mediterranean area to fly patrol and to protect the air space from the expansion tendencies of an Arabian country. But then he's withdrawn from the ... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Kiersch
Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Paré, Deborah Moore
The Closer (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Aiello plays a powerful salesman whose world is falling apart.

Director: Dimitri Logothetis
Stars: Danny Aiello, James Karen, Kenneth Dowd
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Andras Varda grows up in a turbulent, war-torn Hungary, where he procures local girls for the occupying G.I.'s during World War II. Disappointed by girls of his age, he meets Maya, a ... See full summary »

Director: George Kaczender
Stars: Tom Berenger, Karen Black, Susan Strasberg
Undercover (1984)
Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

True story set in the Roaring Twenties Sydney about the rise of Berlei, a popular Australian brand of women's lingerie, famous for its bras and girdles.

Director: David Stevens
Stars: Geneviève Picot, John Walton, Michael Paré
Rush It (1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young woman moves to New York to make a career and becomes involved with two very different men.

Director: Gary Youngman
Stars: Tom Berenger, Jill Eikenberry, Martin Harvey Friedberg
Space Rage (1985)
Action | Sci-Fi | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

In this sci-fi/western film set two hundred years from now, a bank robber, Grange is captured and sentenced to the penal colony on the mining planet Proxima Centauri 3 where he meets ... See full summary »

Director: Conrad E. Palmisano
Stars: Richard Farnsworth, Michael Paré, John Laughlin
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Patrick is a struggling screenwriter who takes a second job as a male prostitute. He is supposed to write by day and do right by his lonely clientele at night, but he develops writer's ... See full summary »

Director: Sandra Weintraub
Stars: Michael Paré, Maud Adams, Eddie Velez
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eddie i krazowniki  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Wendell Newton never speaks. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Eddie Wilson: [singing] The dark side is calling now, nothing is real / She'll never know just how I feel / From out of a shadow, she walk like a dream / Makes me feel crazy, makes me feel so mean / Ain't nothing gonna save you from a love that is blind / Slip to the dark side across that line / On the dark side, oh yeah / On the dark side, oh yeah
See more »


Soundtracks

Season in Hell (Fire Suite)
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)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Rock N' Roll Mystery
10 September 2000 | by (Salem, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Mystery surrounds the death of a rising rock star in director Martin Davidson's `Eddie and the Cruisers,' starring Tom Berenger and Michael Pare. With one successful album under their belts, lead singer and guitarist Eddie Wilson (Pare) takes his Cruisers into the recording studio to make an album he hopes will stand the world on its collective ear. Drawing the title from a work by Nineteenth Century poet Arthur Rimbaud, they begin to lay down tracks for `A Season In Hell.' But all is not well with Eddie and the band; there is dissent, and at least one among them, bassist Sal Amato (Matthew Laurance) disagrees with the direction in which Eddie has taken their music. Early one morning, toward the end of the recording sessions, Eddie's car goes off a bridge into the river; his body is never found. Now, eighteen years later, a reporter, Maggie Foley (Ellen Barkin) is doing a story on the Cruisers, and attempting to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of the master tapes from the recording sessions, which inexplicably vanished the day after Eddie's apparent death. Pare is perfectly cast as Eddie, the Bruce Springsteen-like rocker; he lip-synchs convincingly to John Cafferty's vocals and deftly captures the persona of an early sixties rock n' roll idol on the rise. Tom Berenger (who is actually the star of the movie) does an excellent job as lyricist Frank Ridgeway, the keyboard player known as `Word Man' by the band. Davidson tells the story by effectively using flashbacks, through which we get to know Eddie and his band, and which establishes the relationships so pertinent to the present day conflicts which emerge during Foley's investigation of Eddie and the missing tapes. The focus is mainly on Ridgeway, therefore as the story unfolds it is predominately from his perspective that we learn what really happened, especially on that last night in the recording studio. That there is a comparison being drawn between Eddie and Jim Morrison of The Doors is unmistakable; the plot draws heavily on the myth that Morrison (and Eddie) is still alive and may have `Pulled a Rimbaud.' Poet Rimbaud (who is considered a genius, and to whom the creation of the form of modern poetry as we know it is attributed) committed `artistic suicide' at the age of nineteen, at which time he abruptly quit writing and disappeared for the next twenty years, only to reappear at last on his deathbed in France. That the title of Rimbaud's masterpiece is `A Season In Hell' is no coincidence. The parallels are drawn convincingly, which heightens the interest and adds to the credibility of the mystery. The supporting cast includes Joe Pantoliano (Doc), Helen Schneider (Joann), David Wilson (Kenny), Michael Antunes (Wendell) and Kenny Vance (Lew). An excellent soundtrack of original songs, written and performed by John Cafferty, provided Davidson with a solid base from which to launch his story. `Eddie and the Cruisers' is entertaining, if not entirely memorable, but the music and performances are good, and all in all this movie will do for a pleasant evening's viewing, with maybe a little popcorn thrown in for effect. If you haven't seen this one, try it out; I think you'll be glad you didn't let it pass you by. I rate this one 7/10.


26 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Just on This Tv. ncredsoxfan-154-379344
tom berenger jakholman
I wish I hadn't seen sequel chasemice
ThIs film is a religious allegory mknoiret
Remake? pattyd6
ANOTHER EDDIE AND THE CRUSIERS MOVIE antonjinkerson
Discuss Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?