Eddie and The Cruisers

Director Martin Davidson
Starring Tom Berenger, Michael Paré, Joe Pantoliano
Rated M
Score 4/6

A television newswoman picks up the story of a 1960s rock band whose long-lost leader – Eddie Wilson – may still be alive, while searching for the missing tapes of the band’s never-released album.

Something that I was completely unaware about this movie until recently is that it was based on a novel written by American novelist P.F. Kluge. For those of you who might be interested Only two cast members, Michael “Tunes” Antunes, the tenor saxophone player for John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, and backup singer Helen Schneider were professional musicians in the fictional band.

Eddie and the Cruisers is another movie that I would want to watch based purely on the soundtrack, though I suppose I sat down to watch this time because this movie is so hard to find at the local DVD stores. I like this movie, though I can’t feel that the constant jumping between the past can be a little off putting though I suppose narrative style is completely understandable given the overall plot of the movie. Both Tom Berenger and Michael Paré gave great performances. I thought that Paré had the presence that you would expect from rock front man. I suppose my only complaint about the movie was the ending involving Joe Pantoliano’s character, it felt a little light, there needed to be more to it because characters seemed to change their minds on a dime. Moments like that seem lazy it doesn’t hurt to show us what the characters on the screen are thinking, it might even help the story.