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Eddie and the Cruisers (Widescreen)

Tom Berenger , Michael Paré , Martin Davidson    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   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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4.0 out of 5 stars Mark, from an era forgotten March 19 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply STUNNING March 29 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A trip through, time, mystery, music and love Feb. 12 2003
Format:VHS Tape
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic B+ 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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5.0 out of 5 stars One big flashback
News person Maggie Foley (Ellen Barkin) suspects that a singer Eddie Wilson (Michael Paré) after being missing for 19 years. Read more
Published 11 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars I beg for Eddie and the Cruisers II:Eddie Lives DVD!!!!
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 more
Published on July 27 2005 by Rzeznik35
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Rocks
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 more
Published on Nov. 22 2004 by MDW
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie and the Cruisers - Eddie Lives
I must agree with everyone else that this movie was fantastic! I first bought Eddie and the Cruisers - Eddie lives on VHS.... Read more
Published on July 9 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A Really Great Movie!
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
Published on June 22 2004 by Mr. Movie Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Disagree with Amazon Review!
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 more
Published on May 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie and the Crusiers II Eddie Lives
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 more
Published on April 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Movies!
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
As a rock musician from the late 60s and 70s, I love this movie!!! It speaks to a music culture that few people understand and rings true to the high emotions and deep love for... Read more
Published on March 15 2004 by jrgcanrock
5.0 out of 5 stars AN AWSOME MOVIE!!!
This movie is awsome! Michael Pare and all the other cast members are great! This is a timeless classic!!
Published on Feb. 29 2004 by Tracey L. Cordero
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