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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.

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Doc Robbins
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Sal Amato
Helen Schneider ...
Joann Carlino
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Kenny Hopkins
Michael 'Tunes' Antunes ...
Wendell Newton
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Kenny Vance ...
Lew Eisen
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Joe Cates ...
Lois
Barry Sand ...
Barry Siegel
Vebe Borge ...
Gerry Rivers
Howard Johnson ...
Wendell's Replacement
Joey Balin ...
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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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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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Drama | Mystery | Music

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23 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Eddie i krazowniki  »

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Trivia

The Palace of Depression was a real place in Vineland, New Jersey. A homeless drifter built it out of junk, sand and clay, then charged admission for visitors. Vandals destroyed the Palace after his death, but the original ticket booth still stands. Vineland is currently trying to rebuild the Palace of Depression. See more »

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In the concert scene in Tony Mart's, Eddie takes off his guitar after the Cruisers perform "Wild Summer Nights", and the band then goes into "Tender Years". Despite no one onstage playing guitar, the guitar line is still clearly audible throughout the song. See more »

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Joann Carlino: [narrating] There were so many things I wanted to say to him, so many questions I wanted to ask. But Eddie and I, we had a deal, we never talked about the future. We thought the present was so fine, why ruin it by planning ahead? But as Eddie drove off, I knew, I knew it then, it wasn't gonna be any future. In the morning, they told me that Eddie was gone, and they hadn't found his body.
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Referenced in Velvet Goldmine (1998) See more »

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Runaway
Written by Del Shannon and Max Crook
Performed by Del Shannon
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Great Music Story
25 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Eddie and the Cruisers is kind of a Behind the Music story. It has a very good plot and the actors were good. The music from John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band is probably the best thing about this movie. Any music and/or rock and roll will love it.

8/10


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