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 As the memories are relived on the screen, it becomes clear that someone is looking for the lost unpublished tapes of the band's final recording and that someone might be Eddie!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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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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The band that actually plays the music is John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. Michael 'Tunes' Antunes is a real sax player in the band. See more »


In the scene where Frank says he is teaching high school in Vineland, he mispronounces Vineland. He says VINE-LAND, when it should be pronounced VINE-lind, as in Cleveland. See more »


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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References Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus (1960) See more »


On the Dark Side
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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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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