Eddie and the Cruisers

Synopsis: They say rock 'n' roll never dies, but one early morning in 1964, Eddie Wilson's car took a dive off a New Jersey bridge with the troubled rock idol at the wheel. His body was never found. Twenty years after the lead singer of Eddie and the Cruisers disappeared, the band's songs are hotter than ever. And renewed interest in the band leads television reporter Maggie Foley to pursue a tantalizing mystery: What if Eddie is still alive? The circumstances surrounding his death are just shadowy enough to make it a distinct possibility, and someone (could it be Eddie?) has been ransacking the homes of the surviving band members in a desperate search for tapes of the group's visionary, never-released album. As Maggie interviews the former band members, the pieces of the puzzle start to fit - but only until still deeper mysteries begin to surface.
Genre: Drama, Music, Mystery
Director(s): Martin Davidson
Production: Nelson Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!

Eddie! Eddie!

dark side's calling now,

nothing is real

she'll never know

just how I feel

from out of a shadow,

she walks like a dream

make me feel crazy,

make me feel so mean

nothin' gonna save me

from a love that's blind

slip to the dark side

across that line

on the dark side

oh, yeah

on the dark side

oh, yeah

dark side's calling now,

nothing is real

she'll never know

just how I feel

from out of a shadow,

she walks like a dream

make me feel crazy,

make me feel so mean

nothin' gonna save me

from a love that's blind

slip to the dark side

across that line

on the dark side

oh, yeah

on the dark side

oh, yeah...

In the summer of '63,

on the dark side

Was the number one song

in the country.

It's even bigger now.

that's Joann Carlino.

She was Eddies girl.

sally plays the bass.

Wendell on sax.

Kenny on drums.

guy on piano

was frank ridgeway.

He wrote all their lyrics.

Called him the Wordman.

on the dark side

oh, yeah


that was

august of 1963.

Died of

a heart attack.

He was only 37.

March 15, 1964.

It was a little

after 5 a. M.

Eddie's car went off

the Raritan bridge.

Must've been

a hell of an accident.

Who says accident?

You saying

he was murdered?

Could've been

a suicide.

All right, so what's

our hook gonna be?

What about the idea

that Eddies still alive?

You mean

"Eddie lives"?

It's possible.

They never found his body.

I get it.

Eddie swam away

from the car,

Had Jim Morrison waiting

for him on shore,

And then Amelia Earhart

flew them both to Paris

Where they're all

living together in sin.

Look, there are a lot

of holes in this story.

Now, something was

going on with that group,

Something that nobody

knows anything about.

Get to the point,


Did you ever hear of a poet

named Arthur Rimbaud?

French lit. 105.

It was required.

Ok, kiddies,

You want to sit back

in your seats and listen?


"A season in hell.

"A spiritual and

confessional autobiography.

"Arthur Rimbaud

was a genius.

"His writings

were a quest.

"A search for perfection.

"An attempt to find

total freedom.

"At the age of 19,

"Arthur Rimbaud

committed suicide,

Not of the flesh,

but of the mind and soul. "

What's that

supposed to mean?

It means he never

wrote another word

And disappeared

off the face of the earth.

He was not seen

nor heard from again

For nearly 20 years,

Until he reappeared

in a hospital in Marseilles

On his deathbed.


it's a terrific story.

I just don't see

What this has got to do

with Eddie Wilson.

You know where Eddie

was coming from

The night of the accident?

He was coming

from a recording studio

Where he just finished

taping an album.

You know what the name

of that album was?

A season in hell.

So what you're saying

Is that Wilsons

pulling a Rimbaud?

I don't know, but if he is,

We've got ourselves

one hell of a story,

Don't we, guys?

You think you can

get your hands

On those tapes?

I went to satin records


I figure that the master

had to be sitting

In their vault.

I wondered why they never

released this album.

You know what I found out?

The tapes are missing.

Someone checked them out

on march 16...

The day after Eddie

supposedly died.

And that's going

to be our hook.

...on the jersey side

of the Holland tunnel,

The jersey turnpike,

and the...

sidewalk surfers

ride the streets

in supervans

fires light the faces

of the gypsy caravans

open up your door

we'll let those

lake pipes roar

into the

wild summer nights

oh, baby, those

wild summer nights

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Martin Davidson

Martin Davidson (born November 7, 1939) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, television director. After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he spent four (five counting tours) years as an actor in Off Broadway shows and regional theater. His directorial debut was The Lords of Flatbush starring Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler. He won an ACE award for his film Long Gone. He is married to residential and restaurant designer Sandy Davidson. more…

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