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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
Helen Schneider ...
Joann Carlino
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Kenny Hopkins
Michael 'Tunes' Antunes ...
Wendell Newton
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Kenny Vance ...
Lew Elson
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Joe Cates ...
Lois
Barry Sand ...
Barry Siegel
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Gerry Rivers
Howard Johnson ...
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Joey Balin ...
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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 As the memories are relived on the screen, it becomes clear that someone is looking for the lost unpublished tapes of the band's final recording and that someone might be Eddie!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>

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

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23 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Eddie i krazowniki  »

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Trivia

The Fender Stratocaster guitar used by Michael Paré as Eddie Wilson in the concert scenes formerly belonged to John Lyon, a technical consultant for the film. Lyon is better known as Southside Johnny, leader of the New Jersey shore band the Asbury Jukes, and longtime friend and frequent collaborator of Bruce Springsteen. See more »

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Early in the movie, we see Frank in his car driving to the high school where he teaches, listening to one of the old Cruisers songs being played on New York City radio station WNEW-FM. Later, when he's reunited with Doc, he says he's teaching in Vineland (NJ). With the range of FM radio limited by "line of sight" (and not bouncing like AM signals do), there is no way he could listen to WNEW-FM that far down in south Jersey. See more »

Quotes

Joann Carlino: There were so many things I wanted say to him, so many things 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 going to 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 Backbeat (1994) See more »

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Runaway
(uncredited)
by Del Shannon
played in the scene where the band is first arriving at Tony Mart's nightclub
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A well executed search for artistic perfection
21 January 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Michael Paré delivers his best performance as Eddie Wilson, a talented young singer who strives to achieve the perfect original sound with lyrics that reach deep within the soul … forever. Eddie draws the necessary ingredients required to create his vision through Frank Ridgeway, a young man with an Ivy League education who has a passion for poetry. Powered by a sensational Rock n Roll soundtrack, Eddie and the Cruisers takes you on a journey through a glimpse of the other band members lives more than twenty years after. Their music is in the charts again, and the Cruisers are bigger and hotter than ever. But the tragic disappearance of Eddie in 1964 still haunts their minds and their lives, but now they must deal with the creation of a legend more thant wenty years after they were the hottest sound in town. Eddie and the Cruisers is well directed with solid performances by the cast. But it is the intense image created by Michael Paré's performance, that makes you believe in the legend.


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