Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
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The soundtrack for this rock & roll mystery, performed by the Springsteenesque John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, was more popular than the actual film. The plot centers on a television journalist's investigation of the strange circumstances surrounding the death of one-hit-wonder rocker Eddie Wilson, the leader of the title band. He apparently died after a car wreck, but his body was never found. Also missing were the masters of the band's second album. Her search leads her to former band member Frank Ridgeway who fills in many of the blanks via flashback and then begins his own search for the lost tape. … More
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as Eddie Wilson
as Frank Ridgeway
as Doc Robbins
as Maggie Foley
as Sal Amato
as Joann Carlino
as Kenny Hopkins
as Wendell Newton
as Lew Eisen
as Keith Livingston
as Barry Siegal
as Gerry Rivers
as Eddie's Replacement
as Newton's Replacement
as Emcee at El Marko
as Joann's Replacement
as Newton's Replacement...
as Guitar Player
as Kenny's Replacement
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Critic Reviews for Eddie and the Cruisers
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.
Eddie and the Cruisers is vivid, full of conviction and more than a little foolish at times.
Aside from Eddie And The Cruisers' funky structure, the music remains its chief selling point-though Cafferty's songs don't plausibly pass for early 1960s tunes.
Audience Reviews for Eddie and the Cruisers
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
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
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.
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