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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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Eddie and The Cruisers perform in the music video "On the Dark Side" from the original motion picture soundtrack to Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) recorded for CBS Records. The band performs... See full summary »

Stars: John Cafferty, Michael Paré
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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

Gross USA:

$4,786,789

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,786,789
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Aurora See more »
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Technical Specs

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 Maggie is talking to Frank in his classroom, the shoulder strap pad on her purse changes positions from upside down to right side up and moves from her back to her front. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Wilson: Do you like rock-n-roll? Do you need rock-n-roll?
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Hack-O-Lantern (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Runaround Sue
Written by Dion DiMucci (uncredited) and Ernie Maresca (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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More Here Than Meets The Eyes Or Ears In One Viewing
21 March 2000 | by sataft-2See all my reviews

Disregard what the big time movie reviewers may say! Despite a poor sound track, there is much more to this film than is obvious within one viewing. It took me awhile to get into it, but once I did, I loved it more with each viewing. The underlying premise of the film, that there was, indeed, a definitive crossover point between the innocent early rock and roll music of the 1950's and the deeper coming of age sounds of the mid to late sixties is quite real. And the charismatic title character "Eddie" has sensed this change in the wind, but is unable to convey his vision to those around him. Yes, there are a little too many flashback scenes for my taste, but all in all the film had something to say that deserves to be heard.


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