Monday, October 3, 2011
This "favorite movie" Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) may have never played at theaters. I discovered it on VHS, back in the day, and was hooked. Despite it's lack of promotion, it still had a VHS following. OK, I base that on the fact that all of my daughters and their friends as well as my friends, loved Eddie. That's my scientific proof that he is still worth the watch today.
In the early 1960's, Eddie Wilson (Michael Pare) and his band The Cruisers enjoyed a brief moment success, but their career came to a halt when Eddie's badly damaged car was discovered smashed, after going off a bridge. Eddie's body was never found, and years later, a reissue of the group's only album ( very reminiscent of that other "Boss" of the 80's, Bruce Springsteen.) sparks rumors that the mysterious Eddie might still be alive. Frank Ridgeway (Tom Berenger), Eddie's former piano player and lyricist, finds himself trailed by Maggie Foley (Ellen Barkin), a reporter trying to find out the truth about Eddie.
The soundtrack is great. The music is actually performed by The Beaver Brown Band.
Michael Pare' is one of those actors that is always working, but you don't know his name. You may remember him as that no good, scum eating, cheating husband of Birdee's / Sandra Bullock in Hope Floats. He was in The Lincoln Lawyer , more lately with (heart be still) Mathew McConaughey.
They tried to recapture the magic in 1987 and did release a second Cruisers film, but, like so many follow ups, it wasn't nearly as good.
I'm a Tom Berenger fan too, and have a couple of his movies to recommend next time.