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Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) Poster

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The film, initially a box-office flop, became a cult classic after airing on cable. The featured single "On the Dark Side" was Top 10 hit in 1984.
Wendell Newton never speaks.
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.
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.
Tony Mart's was an actual place in New Jersey from the 1950s to the early 1980s. The building was demolished in the early 1980s, and a new building now stands on a different area of the property.
The fraternity house is actually the home of the Haverford College president. Haverford, where the college scenes were shot, has no fraternities or sororities.
Quotations from the book Ridgeway reads are attributed to poet Arthur Rimbaud.
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Frank says he became a high school teacher in Vineland. However, the exterior shots are from the Vineland Developmental Center, East Campus. This is a New Jersey State School for the mentally challenged, still in operation today.
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As Frank pulls into his school's parking lot of, he hears the end of one of The Cruisers songs and the DJ announcing their music is becoming popular. The announcer is New York DJ Scott Muni. He also announces the call letters for WNEW-FM, the station where he was a broadcaster for almost 20 years.
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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).
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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.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

A Season in Hell" is the title of a long poem by Arthur Rimbaud which Frank is reading in a paperback book. Frank quotes a line from the poem to illustrate the concept of a caesura, a meaningful pause. A brilliant yet tortured artiste who searched for a new style of literary expression, Rimbaud died at age 37, the same age as Wendell, the saxophone player in the band. Rimbaud turned his back on the artistic world and traveled to exotic locales for about 20 years. He never wrote for publication again after his major work "A Season in Hell". Like Rimbaud, Eddie pioneers a new musical style in his album "A Season in Hell", and vanishes from the society which knew him (faking his own death) until 20 years later when he is rediscovered and appreciated.

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