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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film, initially a box-office flop, became a cult classic after airing on cable. The featured single "On the Dark Side" was Top 10 hit in 1984. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie and Joanne are shown driving into the Lincoln Tunnel, it is supposed to be 1964, yet a pictographic "steep grade" warning sign (a picture of a truck headed down a triangular shape) is seen mounted on the entrance to the tunnel. Pictographic warning signs were not in use on United States roads in 1964; rather a sign warning "Steep Grade" in text would have been posted. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Wilson: [to the audience, a few days after Wendell Newton's death] The other day, I buried one of my best friends. He was the best sax player I ever heard. And they tell me I gotta come up here and entertain you people now. I don't think I'll be able to do that.
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Slumber Party Massacre II (2016) 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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The idea of vanishing from society thrills many!
15 June 1999 | by AgLawyerSee all my reviews

This is probably my all-time favorite movie. I can't explain why in terms to satisfy most people though. It's just one of those things. I love the music and have been to see John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band many times since the release of this movie. The idea that a prominent celebrity could vanish from society is a thrilling storyline for this movie. Its movies like these that help people whose loved ones are missing to keep the faith. It also breeds fantasy that stars like Elvis and Jim Morrison are still alive. I could write more but I'd rather go watch this movie!!!


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