Eddie and the Cruisers 1983

Eddie and the Cruisers

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Eddie and the Cruisers, a major rock 'n' roll band in the early '60s, fell off the radar when singer Eddie (Michael Paré) vanished after a dispute over their experimental second album. Nearly 20 years later, journalist Maggie Foley (Ellen Barkin) tracks down the old Cruisers to see if she can unravel the secret of Eddie's disappearance. By piecing together the band members' stories, she hopes to find the missing master tapes to the lost LP, and also solve the mystery of Eddie's ultimate fate.

Cast & Crew

Tom Berenger
Frank Ridgeway
Michael Paré
Eddie Wilson
Ellen Barkin
Eddie Wilson
Helen Schneider
Joann Carlino
David Wilson
Kenny Hopkins
John Stockwell
Keith Livingston
Arlene Davidson
Screenwriter
Martin Davidson
Screenwriter
Rich Irvine
Executive Producer
James L. Stewart
Executive Producer
John Cafferty
Original Music
Fred Murphy
Cinematographer
Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
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Critic Reviews for Eddie and the Cruisers

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  • At the height of his fame, Eddie Wilson died in a car crash. Or did he? The question, raised in the opening scenes, gives this fictional, nostalgic movie a quirky appeal, suggesting the past may not be dead after all.

    March 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Eddie and the Cruisers is a mish-mash of a film, combining elements of the ongoing nostalgia for rock music of previous decades with an unworkable and laughable mystery plotline.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • Low key and, despite the music, rather likeable.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Eddie and the Cruisers is all buildup and no payoff.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Eddie and the Cruisers is vivid, full of conviction and more than a little foolish at times.

    May 20, 2003
  • Dated, rock-themed '80s tale has suicide, drugs, profanity.

    June 28, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eddie and the Cruisers

  • Nov 28, 2013
    One of those movies that has flaws, but is so simple and endearing that it sticks with you. I would recommend for the soundtrack alone
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2011
    Eddie Wilson (Michael Pare) was the lead singer of "Eddie & The Cruisers", an on the rise rock band in the early 1960s that played late 1970s/1980s style music. They cut one successful album, "Tender Years", which featured the hit song "On The Dark Side", and it looked as though Eddie (and his band) had overnight fame & fortune almost within his grasp, but Eddie could not see beyond his own arrogance to recognize and accept the fact that if he wanted to be in the spotlight, he would have to play by certain rules, and at times could mistreat his band mates, even lyricist/piano player Frank "Word Man" Ridgeway (Tom Berenger). Following the death of their original sax player and the rejection of their 2nd album, "A Season In Hell", rejected because the style of music was dismissed as little more than "weird noises", Eddie apparently committed suicide, driving his car off the bay docks... but since his body was never found, an urban legend formed around him. Years later, in the early 1980s, Eddie's music has experienced a resurgence in popularity & appreciation when his old record label re-releases the Tender Years album, and a debate is sparked as to what happened to the lost performance tapes and recordings of the "Season in Hell" album. Then someone starts ransacking former band members homes in a desperate search for those tapes... could it be Eddie? In the midst of this, more about the band's tragic downfall comes to light. All in all, a well made, well acted film that speaks for all those rock singers who almost had it but for whatever reason couldn't hold on. Michael Pare (in the role that should have made him a star) is well cast as Eddie Wilson, the charismatic but self-destructive rock singer, though the true star is Tom Berenger as the lyricist who must uncover the truth of it all. Excellent showcase for the music of John Cafferty (Eddie's singing voice) and the Beaver Brown Band
    David L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2010
    This movie is one of my ALL TIME favorite movies. I loved the whole entire film, and the very end of the movie made me jump out of my chair (in 1984 when I first saw it). The music in this movie was so outstanding that I had bought the album and wore it out! Michael Pare will always be Eddie to me, no matter whatever movie I have seen him in since. The second movie was pretty good, too. I was thrilled to see them wrap up the story like they did. That was a very good idea to follow up such an awesome movie.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2009
    A pretty good movie. I thought the acting was pretty good especially from Pare and Berenger. I actually forgot that Berenger was in this. Decent music and a pretty good story. It kind of makes me want to read the book and see how that is. Not overly phenomenal because the movie does get a little slow to watch, but still worth giving it a chance.
    Ken D Super Reviewer

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