On September 23, 1983 the movie "Eddie and the Cruisers" was released in theatre's for three weeks and was a box office failure. Since then it has become a cult classic and has garnered quite a following with movie fans.
The movie stars Michael Paré as Eddie Wilson the lead singer of the band Eddie and the Cruisers. It also features Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin, and Joe Pantoliano as Frank, Maggie, and Doc.
The movie has to story lines in it. The first is set in present time (present time being the 1980's when the film is made) with Maggie, a television reporter, doing a story on the mysterious death of rock singer Eddie Wilson. Which includes the disappearance of the band's second album which mysteriously vanished at the same time Eddie died.
The second story line takes place in the 1960's (set as flashbacks from some of the characters) following the rise of Eddie Wilson and his band, Eddie and the Cruisers. As well as the recording of their second album which is everything Eddie ever wanted to do with music, however the record company deems it controversial and refuses to release it. A few hours later Eddie drives his car off a bridge and though he is never found he is declared dead.
The movie has a tremendous sounding soundtrack with all original songs performed by John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (the actors in the movie lip synced to the bands music). With the most known song from the album being "On The Dark Side".
Michael Paré's and Tom Berenger's portrayals of Eddie and Frank are good. With Michael's making Eddie a believable front man from the band who is interested more in the artistic integrity of his music then the money and fame.
This is a film worth checking out if you want to hear good music with an okay story.