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Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)



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A television reporter decides to investigate the legendary death of the lead singer of Eddie and the Cruisers, a 1960s one-hit wonder, in this rock-flavored drama. Her questions trigger a former band member to search for the group's lost second album, discovering other long-kept secrets along the way.


Michael Paré
as Eddie Wilson
Tom Berenger
as Frank Ridgeway
Joe Pantoliano
as Doc Robbins
Ellen Barkin
as Maggie Foley
Helen Schneider
as Joann Carlino
David Wilson
as Kenny Hopkins
Kenny Vance
as Lew Eisen
John Stockwell
as Keith Livingston
Barry Sand
as Barry Siegal
Vebe Borge
as Gerry Rivers
Howard Johnson
as Newton's Replacement
Joey Balin
as Eddie's Replacement
Bruce Brown
as Emcee at El Marko
Robin Karfo
as Joann's Replacement
Rufus Harley
as Newton's Replacement No. 2
Louis D'Esposito
as Guitar Player
Michael Toland
as Kenny's Replacement
Bob Garrett
as Frank's Replacement
Joanne Collins
as Piano Player at El Marko
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Critic Reviews for Eddie and the Cruisers

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

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.

October 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

April 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | 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…

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

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

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer


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 Ladd
David Ladd

Super Reviewer

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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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