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Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 18 August 1989 (USA)
A Montreal construction worker joins a band and turns out to be a long-lost rock star from 1960s New Jersey - none other than Eddie Wilson, who mysteriously disappeared after a road accident.

Director:

Jean-Claude Lord

Writers:

P.F. Kluge (characters), Charles Zev Cohen | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Paré ... Eddie Wilson / Joe West (as Michael Pare)
Marina Orsini ... Diane Armani
Bernie Coulson ... Rick Diesel
Matthew Laurance ... Sal Amato
Michael Rhoades ... Dave Pagent
Anthony Sherwood ... Hilton Overstreet
Mark Holmes Mark Holmes ... Quinn Quinley
David Matheson David Matheson ... Stewart Fairbanks
Paul Markle Paul Markle ... Charlie 'Sexy' Tanzie
Kate Lynch ... Lyndsay Caputo
Harvey Atkin ... Lew Eisen
Vlasta Vrana ... Frank
Larry King ... TV Talk Show Host
Bo Diddley ... Legendary Guitarist
Martha Quinn Martha Quinn ... Music Video Hostess
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Storyline

In the early 1960s, legendary rock star Eddie Wilson disappeared from the limelight when he drove his car off a New Jersey bridge. Trying to escape his past, Eddie changed his name and has maintained a quiet life in Montreal as a construction worker under the name Joe West. However, the past will not die, it is screaming for resolution. His relentless desire to make music pulls him back to the stage where he forms a new band and an even better sound. Meanwhile, record company executives release newly-discovered tapes from Eddie's last album and promotes a worldwide search for the mysterious rock star. Joe West has become both mentor and nucleus for his new band that dreams of making it big without knowing their mysterious leader is the real Eddie Wilson. As his new band hits center stage, Eddie finally comes to terms with his past, himself and his music. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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Twenty years ago, Eddie Wilson of Eddie and the Cruisers was one of the original rebels of rock n' roll. Then, he mysteriously disappeared. Now, he's come back only to be faced with the greatest challenge of his life. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eddie Yaşıyor See more »

Filming Locations:

Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$536,508, 20 August 1989

Gross USA:

$536,508

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$536,508
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Harvey Atkin (playing Lou Eisen) and Kate Lynch (playing Lindsey Caputo) also worked together in Meatballs (1979) where Harvey was Morty, the camp director and Kate was Roxanne, the girl's head counselor. See more »

Goofs

In a flashback, Eddie is on the beach in New Jersey telling a band member what he wants his music to be like. He uses bedsheets as an analogy. In the original movie, he's talking to Frank Ridgeway (Tom Berenger). In the sequel's flashback, he's talking to Sal Amato (Matthew Laurence). See more »

Quotes

Sal Amato: [listening to a mystery tape with Dave that sounds like Eddie singing] It's a pretty good imitation of Eddie. Who is it?
Dave Pagent: When we reacquired the Season in Hell album, we found another totally unrelated tape in the box... a mystery tape. This tape.
Sal Amato: [scoffs] And you think this is Eddie?
Dave Pagent: Don't you?
Sal Amato: It can't be. Eddie always played with me. I knew every song he knew. I knew everything...
Dave Pagent: [interrupting] No, this IS Eddie.
Sal Amato: What are you trying to pull here?
Dave Pagent: There aren't any tricks, Sal. I had the tape ...
[...]
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Connections

Follows Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Maryia
Written by John Cafferty
Performed by John Cafferty (vocal, guitar, keyboards), Michael 'Tunes' Antunes (saxophone), Gary Gramolini (guitar), Robert Nicholas Cotoia (keyboards), Patrick Lupo (bass), Kenny Jo Silva (drums)
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A Classic in the making!
16 November 2004 | by wash_famSee all my reviews

I started out watching Eddie before I could walk and It is to this day one of my absolute favorite movies. This movie brings back great memories for me and now that my daughter loves this movie as much as I did I hope it will mean as much to her. This is definitely a classic in the making if you ask me. Some of the greatest things didn't get the proper recognition until many years sometimes hundred of years after the fact.A line from the original "the world needs dreamers" and I couldn't agree more. This movie allows that to happen. Who in their life hasn't hoped and dreamed for something and been knocked down? I think this movie gives people that connection to real life but also hope in seeing "Eddie" actually come back from the lowest point in his life. I would recommend this movie to everyone, male, female, young, old and anywhere in between.


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