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Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989)

A Montreal construction worker joins a band and turns out to be a long-lost rock star from 1960s New Jersey - none other than Eddie Wilson, who mysteriously disappeared after a road accident.

Director:

Jean-Claude Lord

Writers:

P.F. Kluge (characters), Charles Zev Cohen | 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:
Michael Paré ... Eddie Wilson / Joe West
Marina Orsini ... Diane Armani
Bernie Coulson ... Rick Diesel
Matthew Laurance ... Sal Amato
Michael Rhoades Michael Rhoades ... Dave Pagent
Anthony Sherwood ... Hilton Overstreet
Mark Holmes Mark Holmes ... Quinn Quinley
David Matheson David Matheson ... Stewart Fairbanks
Paul Markle Paul Markle ... Charlie 'Sexy' Tanzie
Kate Lynch ... Lyndsay Caputo
Harvey Atkin ... Lew Eisen
Vlasta Vrana ... Frank
Larry King ... TV Talk Show Host
Bo Diddley ... Legendary Guitarist
Martha Quinn Martha Quinn ... Music Video Hostess
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Storyline

In the early 1960s, legendary rock star Eddie Wilson disappeared from the limelight when he drove his car off a New Jersey bridge. Trying to escape his past, Eddie changed his name and has maintained a quiet life in Montreal as a construction worker under the name Joe West. However, the past will not die, it is screaming for resolution. His relentless desire to make music pulls him back to the stage where he forms a new band and an even better sound. Meanwhile, record company executives release newly-discovered tapes from Eddie's last album and promotes a worldwide search for the mysterious rock star. Joe West has become both mentor and nucleus for his new band that dreams of making it big without knowing their mysterious leader is the real Eddie Wilson. As his new band hits center stage, Eddie finally comes to terms with his past, himself and his music. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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Taglines:

The legend. The music. The man. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eddie et les Cruisers ll See more »

Filming Locations:

Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$536,508, 20 August 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$536,508
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Harvey Atkin (playing Lou Eisen) and Kate Lynch (playing Lindsey Caputo) also worked together in Meatballs (1979) where Harvey was Morty, the camp director and Kate was Roxanne, the girl's head counselor. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie and Rick Diesel are practicing on guitars to a taped track, you see both characters smoking cigarettes. Rick Diesels cigarette is obviously lit and there is smoke coming out of it while he is playing. Towards the end of the scene, another close up of Rick shows the cigarette not lit at all. When the camera pans back onto him a moment later, his cigarette is lit again. See more »

Quotes

Hilton Overstreet: [faces Eddie, sternly] First you destroy your guitar, now your songs. You're gonna be next?
Eddie Wilson: They're lousy songs. They don't even burn good.
Hilton Overstreet: Good thing you know them by heart. Be a shame to lose that many songs by Eddie Wilson.
[Eddie stops destroying his songs and realizes that Hilton knows his true identity]
Hilton Overstreet: I knew the minute I heard you play. The way a man plays - he's born with it; like fingerprints. He can hide under another name. But he can't disguise the way he plays.
Eddie Wilson: Then it's a good thing...
[...]
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Connections

Features Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep My Love Alive
Written by John Cafferty
Performed by John Cafferty (vocal, guitar, keyboards), Michael 'Tunes' Antunes (saxophone), Gary Gramolini (guitar), Robert Nicholas Cotoia (keyboards), Patrick Lupo (bass), Kenny Jo Silva (drums)
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Awesome!
6 August 2001 | by theittlegirlSee all my reviews

Having recently aquired a copy and getting to see it again, my original opinion still stands...Eddie and the Cruisers 2 is a great sequel! It has drama, a little mystery, alot of great music and wonderful acting from Michael Pare! He does a great job lip singing to John Cafferty. If you didn't read the credits you would actually think Michael Pare was singing! The only thing I didn't like about this movie was in a flashback, it showed Eddie talking to Sal instead of Frankie. But it was still a great movie. I loved the way Joe/Eddie wrestled with his emotions in choosing what to do about his music and life. Very moving! So, if you want to see a relaxing, feel-good movie, this is the one to watch. Even better if you can watch both the original and Eddie Lives in the same weekend!


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