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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
Bernie Coulson ...
Rick Diesel
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Sal Amato
Michael Rhoades ...
Dave Pagent
Anthony Sherwood ...
Hilton Overstreet
Mark Holmes ...
Quinn Quinley
David Matheson ...
Stewart Fairbanks
Paul Markle ...
Charlie 'Sexy' Tanzie
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Lyndsay Caputo
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Lew Eisen
Vlasta Vrana ...
Frank
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Martha Quinn ...
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Storyline

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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Drama | Music | Romance

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18 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eddie et les Cruisers ll  »

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$540,000 (USA)
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As with the original film, critics heavily panned the sequel and the acting of Michael Paré and Marina Orsini, and also was very critical of the producers for being more concerned about selling soundtrack albums for the film than promoting the film itself. See more »

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In a flashback, Eddie is on the beach in Jersey telling a band member what he wants his music to be like. He uses bed sheets as an analogy. In the original movie, he's talking to Frank Ridgeway (Tom Berenger). In the Eddie II flashback, he's talking to Sal Amato (Matthew Laurence). See more »

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Sal Amato: [listening to a mystery tape with Dave that sounds like Eddie singing] It's a pretty good imitation of Eddie. Who is it?
Dave Pagent: When we reacquired the Season in Hell album, we found another totally unrelated tape in the box... a mystery tape. This tape.
Sal Amato: [scoffs] And you think this is Eddie?
Dave Pagent: Don't you?
Sal Amato: It can't be. Eddie always played with me. I knew every song he knew. I knew everything...
Dave Pagent: [interrupting] No, this IS Eddie.
Sal Amato: What are you trying to pull here?
Dave Pagent: There aren't any tricks, Sal. I had the tape ...
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Follows Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) See more »

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Viva
Performed by Sylvie Vartan
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It's 2004 and the music still rocks
18 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching a re-run and I still find that the music still knocks me out. Granted, the story line is a little less than cerebral. But, this movie was about the development by a group of guy's that came together to give birth to a sound that shakes us out of our seats. And now in 2004 the music is still worth listening to when compared to some of the rap crap that is proliferating the scene. Rock music is leg shaking, hand clapping, shout from deep in the soul that brings out the basic animal in all of us. Elvis brought this to a head because it made us move and this list goes on... Hang in there music lovers every once in a while someone brings us something new that tries to compare with something of the old system that doesn't match the status because of its originality and that ain't all bad. Rock on Eddie


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