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
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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 »
Eddie Wilson says they played at Fairleigh Ridiculous up in Madison. This was a reference to the school Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. Fairleigh Ridiculous was a nickname for the university. See more »
In the scene where Frank says he is teaching high school in Vineland, he mispronounces Vineland. He says VINE-LAND, when it should be pronounced VINE-lind, as in Cleveland. See more »
[after unmasking Doc]
Why did you do this?
Shortcuts, kid. I never could do things the easy way.
Doc, why this little game and the car business?
I figured Joann had the tapes, I knew she wasn't gonna give them to me. Maybe you, Wordman, maybe if she'd give them to you.
What would you do if you had the tapes, Doc.
Try me, just try me. I have it made. For once in my life, I'd bring home a winner... I'd like that.
I once asked Eddie why he kept you around. You know what he said? He said, "Doc's a ...
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This post is not to review or rate "Eddie", but to explain the background of the plot for other posters who seem confused on this.
"Eddie" was based on the 1980 book, same name, by Paul F. Kluge (avail used Amazon). The basis of the plot is simple: If the lead singer in a #1 rock group dies, how are the lives of others in the group altered? Do they try to keep it going, or let go and move on? Do they ever try to "go back"? Et cetera. Mr. Kluge's inspiration for this was the death of Buddy Holly in 1959. He long wondered what happened to the members of the Crickets after that day, and turned his curiosity into this book.
All this per a personal conversation I had with Mr. Kluge in 1996. At that time, he was a professor at a small Ohio college.
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