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Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

A television newswoman picks up the story of a 1960s rock band whose long-lost leader - Eddie Wilson - may still be alive, while searching for the missing tapes of the band's never-released album.

Director:

Martin Davidson

Writers:

Martin Davidson (screenplay), Arlene Davidson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Frank Ridgeway
Michael Paré ... Eddie Wilson
Joe Pantoliano ... Doc Robbins
Matthew Laurance ... Sal Amato
Helen Schneider Helen Schneider ... Joann Carlino
David Wilson ... Kenny Hopkins
Michael 'Tunes' Antunes Michael 'Tunes' Antunes ... Wendell Newton
Ellen Barkin ... Maggie Foley
Kenny Vance Kenny Vance ... Lew Eisen
John Stockwell ... Keith Livingston
Joe Cates Joe Cates ... Lois
Barry Sand Barry Sand ... Barry Siegel
Vebe Borge Vebe Borge ... Gerry Rivers
Howard Johnson Howard Johnson ... Wendell's Replacement
Joey Balin Joey Balin ... Eddie's Replacement
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Storyline

They say rock 'n' roll never dies, but one early morning in 1964, Eddie Wilson's car took a dive off a New Jersey bridge with the troubled rock idol at the wheel. His body was never found. Twenty years after the lead singer of Eddie and the Cruisers disappeared, the band's songs are hotter than ever. And renewed interest in the band leads television reporter Maggie Foley to pursue a tantalizing mystery: What if Eddie is still alive? The circumstances surrounding his death are just shadowy enough to make it a distinct possibility, and someone (could it be Eddie?) has been ransacking the homes of the surviving band members in a desperate search for tapes of the group's visionary, never-released album. As Maggie interviews the former band members, the pieces of the puzzle start to fit - but only until still deeper mysteries begin to surface. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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In 1964, Eddie Wilson had it all. He had genius. He had vision. He had the hottest rock n' roll band in the country. Then, suddenly one night, his car went off a dark New Jersey bridge. His body was never found. But his dream was never lost. And twenty years later, the mystery of Eddie Wilson begins to unravel. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eddie i krazowniki See more »

Filming Locations:

Highlands, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,444,886, 25 September 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,786,789
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Aurora See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Wendell Newton never speaks. See more »

Goofs

When Frank is lying in bed, you can see the shadow of the camera moving across his chest as it moves closer. See more »

Quotes

Frank Ridgeway: Can I help you guys?
Sal Amato: Yeah, tell Tony Eddie and the Cruisers are here.
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Connections

Referenced in Silver Spoons: St Louis Blues (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes
Written by Chuck Willis (uncredited)
Performed by John Cafferty (lead vocal and guitar), Michael 'Tunes' Antunes (saxophone), Gary Gramolini (guitar), Robert Nicholas Cotoia (piano), Patrick Lupo (bass), Kenny Jo Silva (drums)
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Read the book!
28 January 2003 | by bigbeat_66See all my reviews

The Michael Pare films are flawed. The John Cafferty music is too much Springsteen and not enough 50's. The sequel was a bad joke. None of this matters. "Eddie and the Cruisers" by P.F. Kluge is probably the best novel ever written about rock'n'roll, and even though it lost a lot in translation to the big screen, the magic is still there. If you like the movie, you simply owe it to yourself to read the book. Then you'll really understand.

One creepy mystery: aside from a couple of minor TV appearances many years later, Helen Schneider ("Joanne Carlino") never made another film after this one. Whatever happened to her? Did she also "pull a Rimbaud"?


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