Eddie and the Cruisers

Eddie and the Cruisers

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

Genre: Drama, Music, Mystery
Production: Nelson Entertainment
 
IMDB:
6.9
Rotten Tomatoes:
33%
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Year:
1983
198
1,232 Views

Eddie Wilson:
[getting ready to practice "Betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes"] Let's get on with the music. 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4. [starts the song] Hold it, hold it! Wait a minute, wait a minute!

Sal Amato:
What the matter?

Eddie Wilson:
What's the matter, where you racing to, where's the fire?

Sal Amato:
No fire. That's the way the song was written, it goes that way: upbeat. What's the problem?

Eddie Wilson:
The problem is I'm just saying words. You know, you got to give me a little room so people will what I'm singing about.

Sal Amato:
Hey, you lose the beat, people miss a step, we want them to dance.

Eddie Wilson:
Lose a beat, miss a step. What a you a moron, Sal?

Sam Amato:
Do you believe this guy?

Eddie Wilson:
Look, Sal, I like your stuff. But it just ain't what I was looking for. You understand?

Sal Amato:
Forget it, you had your mind made up before you ever started. So what am I knocking myself out for?

Eddie Wilson:
Look, I don't want to argue with you, Sal. Do you want to get another opinion on the subject?

Sal Amato:
No! Forget it.

Eddie Wilson:
Joann, what do you think?

Sal Amato:
What are you asking her for?

Eddie Wilson:
Why not ask her, she's got brain?

Sal Amato:
I don't know anything? She knows, huh? Everybody you bring into this bank is an expert, except Sally. Sally's just a dumb guinea, right?

Eddie Wilson:
You dumb guinea. [looking at Frank] Hey, kid, come here.

Frank Ridgeway:
Who, me?

Eddie Wilson:
Yeah, you, come here.

[Franks slowly walks over]

Eddie Wilson:
Now, you heard what we're talking about. What do you think?

Frank Ridgeway:
[agreeing with Eddie] I think he's right, I think it needs a caesura.

Eddie Wilson:
[pointing to himself] See, my way with a caesurian.


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