Eddie and the Cruisers

"Rebel. Rocker. Lover. Idol. Vanished."

Television reporter Maggie Foley (Ellen Barkin) embarks on an investigation in the mysterious fate of Eddie Wilson, the charismatic leader the rock band Eddie and the Cruisers. Rumors have flown for years that the band's second album has disappeared from the vaults of Satin Records shortly after the reported death of Eddie Wilson (Micheal Pare).

The film follows the 1960s band Eddie and the Cruisers in a series of flashbacks. An old band mate of Eddie's, Frank Ridgeway (Tom Berenger), relates to Maggie how the band gained a huge following playing at a New Jersey club called "Tony Mart." He recalls how he met Eddie. After striking up a conversation, Eddie is impressed with Frank's keyboard abilities and finds that he is also a lyricist. He soon becomes a member of the band. Soon they are recording their first album, Tender Years. The breakout hit of the album is "On the Dark Side."

The band is thrilled, but Eddie is not happy with the way their music is going. Eddie experiments with the darker, more creative side of music. He talks the band into making a second album with his music instead of the rock and roll of the 60s. This leads to tensions between Eddie, the band and the band's manager Doc Robbins (Joe Pantoliano).

The tapes had supposedly disappeared just as the record company had decided to release the album as a tribute to Eddie on the twentieth anniversary of his death. The tapes are nowhere to be found. Maggie starts on a journey to find the missing tapes but discovers more about Eddie Wilson than she thought she would.

The movie follows Maggie as she pieces the puzzle of Eddie Wilson's death and the real reason that the tapes disappeared. Who was behind the theft of the tapes? Did they really exist, or was it all just an urban legend. And where is Eddie Wilson?

PG
| 1983 | 1 hr 35 min | 6.9/10
Cast
Studio
Director
Martin Davidson
Language
English
Eddie and the Cruisers
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