Eddie and the Cruisers

September 23rd, 1983


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Maggie Foley is a reporter who's interviewing the surviving members of a rock band whose music is being revived...

Release Year: 1983

Rating: 6.4/10 (3,387 voted)

Director: Martin Davidson

Stars: Tom Berenger, Michael Paré, Joe Pantoliano

Maggie Foley is a reporter who's interviewing the surviving members of a rock band whose music is being revived. Memories of the band's leader Eddie Wilson are being relived as Frank Ridgeway is reunited with the old members of the band. As the memories are relived on the screen, it becomes clear that someone is looking for the lost unpublished tapes of the band's final recording and that someone might be Eddie!

Writers: Martin Davidson, Arlene Davidson

Tom Berenger - Frank Ridgeway
Michael Paré - Eddie Wilson
Joe Pantoliano - Doc Robbins
Matthew Laurance - Sal Amato
Helen Schneider - Joann Carlino
David Wilson - Kenny Hopkins
Michael 'Tunes' Antunes - Wendell Newton
Ellen Barkin - Maggie Foley
Kenny Vance - Lew Elson
John Stockwell - Keith Livingston
Joe Cates - Lois
Barry Sand - Barry Siegel
Vebe Borge - Gerry Rivers
Howard Johnson - Wendell's Replacement
Joey Balin - Eddie's Replacement

Taglines: Rebel. Rocker. Lover. Idol. Vanished.


Official Website: MGM |

Release Date: 23 September 1983

Filming Locations: Atco, New Jersey, USA

Opening Weekend: $1,444,886 (USA) (25 September 1983) (475 Screens)

Gross: $4,786,789 (USA)

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Did You Know?

Quotations from the book Ridgeway reads are attributed to poet Arthur Rimbaud.

Crew or equipment visible: When Frank is lying in bed, you can see the shadow of the camera moving across his chest as it moves closer.

Eddie Wilson: I want something great. I want something that's never been done before!
Sal Amato: Why? We ain't great. We're just some guys from Jersey.

User Review

Very Good Rock 'N Roll Film

Rating: 8/10

This is one the best rock 'n roll movies ever made, but that doesn't say much since there haven't too many that much good to begin with. However, this IS good.

It features solid music by John Cafferty, whose "The Dark Side," is played quite a bit during the movie but is a great song and always enjoyable to hear. The movie also has interesting characters and a somewhat intriguing story. The story features a decent imitation of a Jim Morrison-type lead singer without getting too dramatic.

A very young Ellen Barkin is the female lead here. She looked better when she got a bit older. A young Joe Pantolione also is in here and Michael Pare was effective as the lead singer.

Don't listen to the national film critics who didn't care for the film. The public liked it and most times, they are a better judge.