Eddie and the Cruisers (Widescreen) [Import]
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Eddie and the Cruisers (Widescreen) [Import]
Perhaps best known for its faux Springsteen soundtrack, the 1983 Eddie and the Cruisers is a rock lover's fantasy run wild. The story finds a reporter (Ellen Barkin) tracking down rumors of an unreleased album by a band whose charismatic leader (Michael Paré) allegedly died years before. As she approaches surviving members--who have since gone on to other things--she gets different points of view on Eddie's life and artistic drive, and the mystery about that album deepens. The trouble with the film is simple: it's impossible to accept. Michael Paré is far from suitable to play a Jersey shore rocker with thematic pretensions toward Rimbaud that go back to the '60s, and the soundtrack by John Cafferty sounds like a hack's rendition of E Street Band magic. An all-around embarrassment. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Having read all the reviews I agree this is a great movie and I think some modern so-called musicians should take a hard look. Eddie was all about the music and the way it was created and played (even in the sequel). He wrote it and performed it as a real musician should. It had nothing to do with the show and everything to do with the quality and message the music was relaying. It may only be a movie, but it realys music of its time. Modern singers (most at least)--not musicians-- have lost sight of the meaning of musical creativity. Now it is all about putting on the show. I may be out of touch, hey I have seen STYX 5 times since they regrouped--they still get large crowds and still make music. Bands like that don't take their clothes off, don't have dance numbers, don't kiss on stage, don't have plastic surgery to attract a crowd, and don't hide behind someone elses skill. Bands like that write, create, and perform their own music. They don't hire bands and writers, they are the bands, they are the writers/creators of their own music. Maybe that is why we still listening to the Beatles and Led Zeplin and for the most part forgotten about performers like Britney and Christina. Once the get older and the appearance/persona has gone so have they.
DON'T WATCH the second movie until you have seen the first. MORE IMPORTANTLY, PLEASE, WATCH THESE MOVIES TOGETHER. If only these fantastic musicians could help kill the record companies teenie bopper nonsense and put good rock music like this back into the mainstream, life would be bliss. ROCK ON EDDIE!
Then you can ignore the silliness of the plot (Would anyone have concocted such an implausible scheme to get the tapes back? Still, it's better than the original book which had Doc going around killing off the rest of the Cruisers.
You can start to enjoy what American B+ movies do so well: snappy vignettes, like the scene when Joanne Carlino comes slinking into the bar where Frank, in perfect teenage nerd shirt, is sweeping the floor, his arousal & his nervous glances as the Cruisers come strutting in behind her to announce "Tell Tony, Eddie and the Cruisers are here!" That says it all! And the shouting match at the recording studio:
Sal Amato: We're not great, we're just some guys from Jersey.
Eddie: If we can't be great, then there's no sense in ever playing music again.
Like medieval church portraits, the characters in B movies are painted in two dimensions, and their iconic status shines through.
You can pick up on the effortless play upon the archetypal themes of our society: the intersection of success and Eden and what happens after the dream fails. It's a trope that goes all the way back to the Pilgrims who came to America seeking the Earthly Paradise. Indeed, much of the matter of the movie is how the Cruisers survived after the Fall of Eddie, how they each find a niche that suits your personality and try not to look back but can't help it.
F Scott Fitzgerald said "There are no second acts in American lives, " but the rules of the race dictate that there will be many more losers than winners. We're told we can succeed at anything we want to. But then we grow up and discover the our own limitations, our own mortality. We can't all play in the World Series or become prima ballerinas.Read more ›
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News person Maggie Foley (Ellen Barkin) suspects that a singer Eddie Wilson (Michael Paré) after being missing for 19 years. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2013 by bernie
Can we please come out with a DVD of Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives?? I'm dying over here!!! I beg of you...PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come out with the DVD. Read morePublished on July 27 2005 by Rzeznik35
For those who love classic rock, this movie is a must see. Eddie Wilson personifies what a rock n' roll musician should be. It's all about the music. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2004 by MDW
I must agree with everyone else that this movie was fantastic! I first bought Eddie and the Cruisers - Eddie lives on VHS.... Read morePublished on July 9 2004
I'm guessing that this was a B-Movie which grew into a cult film, and I'm glad that it did!
This movie really manages to pull you into a fantasy- where Eddie Wilson was 15... Read more
This film is a fantasy!! Pretend! And.. wonderful! Have seen it countless times and it always manages to evoke so many positive feelings, it's impossible to list. Read morePublished on May 28 2004
I totally agree VHS is old school DVD is the new way to go.I have the original Eddie and the Crusiers on DVD and would love to have Eddie Lives on DVD. Read morePublished on April 25 2004
This is one of those movies that I can watch over and over again and NEVER get tired of. It's just an all around great movie. A must watch for everyone!Published on April 9 2004 by C. Dull