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Eddie and the Cruisers is a 1983 American film directed by Martin Davidson with the screenplay written by the director and Arlene Davidson, based on the novel by P. F. Kluge. The film is about a television reporter named Maggie Foley (Ellen Barkin) investigating the mysterious death of musician Eddie Wilson (Michael Paré) and the search for his band’s second album, which disappeared from the vaults of Satin Records the day after Eddie’s alleged death.

Only two cast members, Michael “Tunes” Antunes, the tenor saxophone player for John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, and Helen Schneider were professional musicians in the fictional band.

The film was not very successful at the box office, grossing USD$4.7 million in North America. It also received many negative to mixed reviews from critics. However, in the fall of 1984, the soundtrack album suddenly climbed the charts, as the film was rediscovered on cable television and home video, prompting the studio to re-release the album.

The film was followed by one sequel, Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! in 1989. It was marketed with the tagline “Rebel. Rocker. Lover. Idol. Vanished.”

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Eddie and the Cruisers

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Directed by Martin Davidson
Produced by Joseph Brooks
Robert K. Lifton
Written by P. F. Kluge (novel)
Martin Davidson
Arlene Davidson (screenplay)
Starring Tom Berenger
Michael Paré
Joe Pantoliano
Matthew Laurance
Helen Schneider
David Wilson
Michael “Tunes” Antunes
Ellen Barkin
Music by John Cafferty
Cinematography Fred Murphy
Editing by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly


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