Not only did he shave off his mustache and sideburns, but he also put on the Eddie Wilson costume of a black sleeveless tee and a leather jacket. Factory has now combined these two cult items in a double feature so that the entire tale of Eddie Wilson can be relived again, like an old hit emanating from an ancient jukebox. Me and my grandmother used to watch the cruiser movies all the time. And after all, this movie contains some undertones worth watching. The band's first album, Tender Years, became a major hit, but recording their next album, A Season in Hell, turns out to be a nightmare. We meet a new punk kid lead guitarist, Diesel, who needs some philosophical rantings by the boss man, Eddie Wilson on the importance of what music really is - listen to its inner soul.
He slipped away from the car crash which supposedly caused his death and began a new life under an assumed name. It's funny though I never heard anything about a sequel to the movie I only found out about it believe it or not just today when I saw it for the first time this afternoon on Jan. He told her what had happened to his film, and she gave his script for Eddie and the Cruisers to her business partners. The Rock and Roll Film Encyclopedia. If you like the music of the 80's, you might do the same. The first film laid a rather large egg with both critics and audiences at the time of its release, but then gained a certain cult status through repeated airings on then nascent cable television, to the point that it was actually re-released theatrically for a brief time again to deafening apathy from paying audiences. So they practice and practice, and eventually you knew this was coming, right? And equally mysteriously, they just accept his moods and dictatorial manner.
It is a good movie, the acting from most of the cast is kind of quirky and over the top, but Michael Pare does excellent again. Dialogue is also presented very cleanly and clearly and, as with the track on the first film, there are no issues with distortion, dropouts or other damage. This movie takes a questionable premise at best and makes it even more so; for instance, the gung-ho guitarist of Eddie's new band -- a band of scrappy, mostly '80s glam metal rockers who are rough around the edges and seem to be there to ensure that all the bad haircuts of the era are present and accounted for -- books a tour without telling anyone else in the band. He wrote the screenplay with Arlene Davidson and decided to use a -style story structure. Mysteriously, he starts out with just a lead guitarist, but the rest of a band comes together when he calls, even though they don't recognize Eddie under the Goulet hair and mustache, nor do they recognize the old Eddie voice or music riffs. As his new band hits center stage, Eddie finally comes to terms with his past, himself and his music. The relationships changed to serve the plot, and build an end to the mystery of what happened to the tapes.
However, the past will not die, it is screaming for resolution. I also enjoyed the soundtrack to the movie. Eddie's angry tirade is soothed by sax player Hilton Overstreet's cool demeanor and Rick's fast talking. The music is great and the story is decent. The film had its world premiere at. I think the technical advisor,Southside Johnny Lyon and the music man Kenny Vance did an outstanding job on that original movie - it became a cult favorite in the high school where I taught and of course, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band's music is the heart and soul of the movie.
The second is great for what it is, but a lot could have gone differently. The ending is great, as is the supporting cast. So, if you want to see a relaxing, feel-good movie, this is the one to watch. It is definitely worth a watch if you have never seen it, but the first movie is better than the second, as is the case with most sequels. During the tour Eddie, still known to his band as Joe, begins to have more frequent to his former life. Clarity and sharpness are generally very good, again helped by an at least occasionally brighter ambience than the first film.
The music and lyrics were thought provoking, fun, and at times emotional with everything coming from the heart. Once again, as with the original film, critics heavily panned the film and the performances of Pare and Orsini, and also was very critical of the producers the for being more concerned about selling soundtrack albums for the film than promoting the film itself. This is not the greatest movie you will ever see, but you do need to see the first one to appreciate this one. Eddie caves into the band's desire to do the large public he so fears. I thought it continued where it left off just fine.
In the early 1960s, legendary rock star Eddie Wilson disappeared from the limelight when he drove his car off a New Jersey bridge. Its making me crazy, they let me better dead than alive. The was released in 1998, then in 2008 as a combo pack with the first film. But if you want to watch a a great music film with great songs and great performances even though they play basically the same song a couple times and parts of others it's a great film that is entertaining and fun. Eddie And The Cruisers 2: Eddie Lives is more about an emotional version of Eddie living as a secret to the world for the past twenty years. There was a scene in the movie where he decides to unshroud himself and reveals himself to Sal. Initially, Davidson said that the Cruisers sounded like , but when they meet Frank, they have elements of and.
Ridgeway is a high school English teacher in. Eddie's music sounds good, but it also sounds a lot like Bruce Springsteen's, and it would not have been the rage in 1963. The filmmaker told Vance to find him someone that could produce music that contained elements of these three bands. Meanwhile, record company executives release newly-discovered tapes from Eddie's last album and promotes a worldwide search for the mysterious rock star. They the store do international orders. Eddie or I should say Joe West witnesses all the publicity of the original Eddie and The Cruisers and feels emotional over everything. His eyes widen when he hears Eddie on guitar, but he says nothing about his suspicions.
Eddie finally begins to play again and the two circulate through 's music scene, hand-picking musicians for a new band, Rock Solid. Guitarist Rick Diesel pursues Eddie and badgers him about joining the band. That past continues to haunt him, and it won't leave him alone. The first movie I though was done very well and I loved that one too but at some parts the movie did get very confusing though. To her, these older movies are like finding a diamond in a box of Cracker Jacks.