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Eddie and the Cruisers (Widescreen)


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  • Actors: Tom Berenger, Michael Paré, Joe Pantoliano, Matthew Laurance, Helen Schneider
  • Directors: Martin Davidson
  • Writers: Martin Davidson, Arlene Davidson, P.F. Kluge
  • Producers: Arlene Davidson, James L. Stewart, Joseph Brooks, Rich Irvine
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Fox Video
  • Release Date: April 1 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LOKS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,093 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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

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I do think something is lacking here. The sequel is not available. Uh, would you by Star Wars and forget about the Empire Stricke Back, I think not. To the distributors, get II on the street, it will sell especially to those of us that not only like it, but also belive a set should be complete. Get the DVD to the fans.
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.
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By Sean Curtin on March 29 2003
Format: DVD
Having a wide taste in music, my favourite music above all other music is undoubtedly Rock 'N' Roll. Being a fan of Spinal Tap, Pink Floyd and King Crimson, my tastes normally go towards experimental music, or music that is different and interesting. I do however enjoy a good musical and Rock 'N' Roll from the greats. With Eddie and the Cruisers to use a phrase from another well known Rock Opera, I didn't just get my Rock craving fix, I got so much more. I got a lot more. I watched Eddie and the cruisers with Eddie and the cruisers 2, back to back. By the end of the second movie, I had tears rolling down my face. These movies are beautiful. Pure rock at it's best. I was awe struck by Michael's performance of Eddie and appreciated the care taken to emphasize that good music is not about spewing out a million notes a second. It's about playing with meaning and from the heart. After all music is one of the spices of humanity. There's nothing wrong with flashy shredder playing once in a while, but a whole albumn worth can be most tedious. Basically Eddie pointed towards STYLE. Eddie and the cruisers is simply perfection from beginning to end.
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!
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The time:1982. A reporter, Ellen Barkin, discovers that a second, never released album, recorded by a ahead of it's time-1960's group is missing. Also missing is it's Jim Morrison like leader and lead singer (played by Micheal Pare). In the twenty years after eddie and the album disappeared, the group's members went on with their lives in different directions. As Ellen tracks them down, one by one, a deepening plot develops. I love this movie, very very much. It was first released in 82, but no one went to see it. I was going to see it then, but a family emergency kept me from seeing it before it vanished from the theaters. In 1984, HBO, then relatively new, played the movie four times a day. Suddenly, it was the biggest movie in America. Songs from the movie made it to the radio becoming hits, in a weird life imitating art way. I was so inspired that I went to the library to see if such a group ever existed. Of course it didn't, but I did find the novel from which the movie came. The book goes well with the movie and does more character development than the movie does. This is an excellent movie that the entire family can watch. Watch for excellent performances by the previously mentioned Ellen Barkin, as well as Tom Beringer and Joey Pantioliano (Sopranos). I own two copies, you should at least rent one.
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By Christopher Shillock on Nov. 21 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Yes, it's worth seeing several times.
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.
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