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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.



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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


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


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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Rebel. Rocker. Lover. Idol. Vanished. See more »


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23 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Eddie i krazowniki  »

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

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The Fender Stratocaster guitar used by Michael Paré as Eddie Wilson in the concert scenes formerly belonged to John Lyon, a technical consultant for the film. Lyon is better known as Southside Johnny Lyon, leader of the New Jersey shore band the Asbury Jukes, and longtime friend and frequent collaborator of Bruce Springsteen. See more »


During the band's musical performances, the sound is nearly always out of sync with the video, especially when they are creating "On The Dark Side" when the tambourine and hand-clapping is 180 degrees out of sync and Frank's hand shadows behind the piano are visible and they are clearly not really playing anything and are barely moving at all. See more »


Eddie Wilson: [angrily charges into the soundbooth] What the hell are you doing?
Doc Robbins: [about Eddie's album] There's nothing can't be fixed, am I right?
Lew Elson: This won't fix, this is a disaster.
[to Eddie]
Lew Elson: You want to be a poet? Try Greenwich Villlage.
Doc Robbins: Lew listen, another couple of weeks. We've been working for months.
Lew Elson: Doc, take six weeks. I still wouldn't know what to do with it.
Eddie Wilson: [angrily to Lew, with Sal and Kenny holding him back] You want to know what you can do with it? I'll tell you what you can do with it, you son of...
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On the Dark Side
Written by John Cafferty (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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Sensational rock music film ,today considered a cult movie
29 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

The film deals a rockers band in the 1960s,the successful group is constituted by the leader Eddie(Michael Pare) and the rest band (Tom Berenguer,Joe Pantoliano,Matthew Laurance among others),but the lead singer dies in a car accident without appear mysteriously the body.Nowadays a reporter named Maggie(Ellen Barkin) is interviewing the surviving but another member has deceased by a stroke heart.Memories group are being relived by Frank (Tom Berenguer).The journalist and members of band are looking for the last unpublished tapes what turn out to be the band's final recording.The tapes have the title : ¨time in the inferno¨ like as a Rimbaud poem(written in 1873) .Maggie thinks what Eddie following the Rimbaud life(he had a tempestuous existence and was Paul Verlaine lover and disappearing early, his biography was brought to the life in a film with Leonardo DiCaprio)committed a suicide simulated and she doesn't believes to be dead.

It's an interesting film with excellent music and nowadays is deemed a cult movie.Casting is frankly enjoyable,the film results to be the best Michael Pare performance.The magnificent music is by John Chafferty and Beaver Brown Band.The motion picture is well directed by Martin Davidson,he's a director at his beginning realized good movies with known actors : Lord's of Flatbush,Hero at large and of course Eddie of the Cruisers; however today he makes solely for television episodes. The picture got a sequel with the same actors (exception of Tom Berenguer) in which Eddie emerges under a new identity in the city of Montreal and he forms a new musical group and are answered the questions of the previous film .The film will like to rockers and musical cinema devotees. Rating : Above average

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