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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
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Diane Armani
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Rick Diesel
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Sal Amato
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Hilton Overstreet
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Quinn Quinley
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Stewart Fairbanks
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Charlie 'Sexy' Tanzie
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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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$536,508 (USA) (20 August 1989)

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The concert scenes were filmed in a Las Vegas arena before a Bon Jovi show (New Jersey tour). The stage set up is the actual stage set up Bon Jovi used for their show. See more »

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During several performances, the music does not sync with the band members' actions. 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 »

Soundtracks

Pride and Passion
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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An Okay Sequel
25 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Eddie and the Cruisers: Eddie Lives! wasn't as bad as people thought. The sequel's soundtrack was exceptional. The acting though needs a lot of work, but other than that this movie is okay, but there are a lot of gaps in the movie. The music makes up for it though. I kind of liked this a little better than the original because it shows what is actually happening from Eddie himself. Not as many flashbacks either. If you see the sequel first, you are gonna give bad reviews about this movie because there are a lot of references made to the first that you won't understand.

8/10


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