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Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 18 August 1989 (USA)
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.

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Eddie Wilson / Joe West
Marina Orsini ...
Diane Armani
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Rick Diesel
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Sal Amato
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Dave Pagent
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Hilton Overstreet
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Quinn Quinley
David Matheson ...
Stewart Fairbanks
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Charlie 'Sexy' Tanzie
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Lyndsay Caputo
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Lew Eison
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Frank
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In the early 1960s, legendary rock star Eddie Wilson disappeared from the limelight when he drove his car off a New Jersey bridge. Trying to escape his past, Eddie changed his name and has maintained a quiet life as construction worker Joe West in Montreal. However, the past will not die, it is screaming for resolution. His relentless desire to make music pulls him back to the stage where he forms a new band and an even better sound. Meanwhile, record company executives release newly-discovered tapes from Eddie's last album and promotes a worldwide search for the mysterious rock star. Joe West has become both mentor and nucleus for his new band that dreams of making it big without knowing their mysterious leader is the real Eddie Wilson. As his new band hits center stage, Eddie finally comes to terms with his past, himself and his music. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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One of the greatest rock n' roll legends of all time, Eddie Wilson is back. Twenty years ago, he mysteriously disappeared. What really happened to Eddie Wilson? See more »

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Eddie et les Cruisers ll  »

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$540,000 (USA)
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The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 12th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1989. See more »

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The first performance of "It's a Matter of Time" includes a series of flashbacks. In one flashback, Diane cries and puts her head on Eddie's lap. She's not married, but she is wearing a wedding ring. See more »

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Hilton Overstreet: [faces Eddie, sternly] First you destroy your guitar, now your songs. You're gonna be next?
Eddie Wilson: They're lousy songs. They don't even burn good.
Hilton Overstreet: Good thing you know them by heart. Be a shame to lose that many songs by Eddie Wilson.
[Eddie stops destroying his songs and realizes that Hilton knows his true identity]
Hilton Overstreet: I knew the minute I heard you play. The way a man plays - he's born with it; like fingerprints. He can hide under another name. But he can't disguise the way he plays.
Eddie Wilson: Then it's a good thing...
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Features Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) See more »

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Open Road
Performed by John Cafferty (vocal, guitar, keyboards), Michael 'Tunes' Antunes (saxophone), Gary Gramolini (guitar), Robert Nicholas Cotoia (keyboards), Patrick Lupo (bass), Kenny Jo Silva (drums)
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Excellent sequel
29 December 2003 | by (Easton, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed "Eddie and the Cruisers" but was surprised to learn that there was a sequel made. I first saw "Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives" when it was shown on TV a few years ago. At that time, I tried to buy a copy but was unsuccessful. Later, I finally located and purchased a VHS copy through 'imdb.com.'

This movie held me spellbound right up to the end. I particularly enjoy movies that have a good, tender story-line and a happy ending and this movie did not disappoint me. The soundtrack was great.


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