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Looking for an Echo (2000)

 -  Drama  -  10 November 2000 (USA)
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The lead singer of an oldies group reminisces about the good ol' days and a potential comeback.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince 'Vinnie' Pirelli
Joanne Delgado
Tom Mason ...
Augustus 'Augie' MacAnnally III
Ray 'Nappy' Napolitano
Phil 'Pooch' Puccirelli
Anthony Pirelli
Tommie Pirelli
Francine Pirelli
Dr. Ludwig
Nicole Delgado (as Paz De La Huerta)
Sandi - Vic's Date
Gena Scriva ...
Arlene - Blonde at Bar
Gayle Scott ...
Renee - Brunette at Bar


The lead singer of an oldies group reminisces about the good ol' days and a potential comeback.

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We were looking for an echo, An answer to our sound, A place to be in harmony, A place we almost found. - Vinnie and the Dreamers



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Rated R for language | See all certifications »


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The perfect counterpoint to Eddie & the Cruisers
10 January 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The 80s masterpiece, "Eddie & the Cruisers" by director Martin Davidson asked the age old question Neil Young sang and Kurt Cobain quoted in his suicide note: is it "better to burn out than to fade away"? Musicians, artists, inventors, athletes and achievers from all walks of life have wondered this after reaching a pinnacle of success. In "E&tC", Davidson approaches the subject from the "burn out" perspective, and here 20 years later he revisits it from the "fade away".

As such, this is not the explosive, energetic story of the rock n roll martyr Eddie, but instead it's the quiet, thoughtful, relatively uneventful story of the retiree Vinnie. While it features some stunning, passionate scenes that you won't forget, it's essentially just the story of an Everyman dealing with everyday life in the wake of long gone glory.

I have to admit after seeing this I felt slightly unfulfilled, thinking there should've been more of a big conflict, nerve-ripping climax and bam finish. But then I realized that's precisely NOT what Davidson wanted, nor would it have been appropriate. Vinnie is a somber man who chose to retire from his fantasy past in order to face the less-poetic challenges of life. The conflict within him is what this story is about. So the movie doesn't need any fancy theatrics, plot twists & melodrama.

With that in mind, be forewarned: for the entire first half, almost nothing happens. And I mean nothing. Like the main character's life, it didn't really have much direction, passion or intrigue. But like a growing toothache, the conflict builds inside him as he really begins to question his station in life, particularly through the vicarious thrill of his son's budding music career. The climax comes in growing spurts as the film progresses, culminating with a powerful, wonderfully acted scene at the end when we see Vinnie finally give voice to the demons that have been secretly plaguing him. Armand Assante pulls it off like no other actor could have.

I have the sudden urge to watch "Eddie & the Cruisers" and then watch "Looking for an Echo" again. If you enjoy quiet, pensive films about everyday human beings, I'm sure you'll want to see this at least once. And for pete's sake, if you haven't already seen it, go see E&tC right away! These are two unappreciated films that each capture the nostalgia of a bygone musical age, putting the past in context with our lives today.

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