[[caption-width-right:300:[[TallDarkAndHandsome And this is Eddie]].]]

''Eddie and the Cruisers'' is a 1983 American film directed by Martin Davidson with the screenplay written by Martin and Arlene Davidson, based on the novel by P. F. Kluge.

The movie follows a fictional '60s rock band called [[TitleDrop Eddie and the Cruisers]]. The band makes a name for itself while playing regularly at a Somers Point, New Jersey club called Tony Mart's. It is there that they meet Frank Ridgeway, whom Eddie Wilson hires to be the band's keyboard player and lyricist. Doc Robbins and Sal Amato are skeptical of hiring Frank, who is not a trained musician or experienced song writer, but Eddie believes that Frank is crucial to the band's development. The movie then continues to detail the rise of band to the top of the charts as well as the lives of the band members involved. When the movie begins in the 1980s, The band's music is experiencing a revival, Eddie has been missing (and presumed dead) for 18 years, and a documentary filmmaker is looking up the old members.

The film was followed by a sequel, ''Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!'' in 1989.
!!Tropes associated with this work:

* AlmightyJanitor: Eddie and the Cruisers met Frank when he was working as a janitor at the bar they used to play. Joann finds out that he's conveniently also an amazing poet and Eddie decides to hire him after reading his poetry.
* AnachronismStew: The flashback portion of the story takes place in the early 60s, but their hit sounds an awful lot like [[Music/BruceSpringsteen a certain rocker who was kind of popular at the time of the film's release.]]
* BadassBeard: [[spoiler: Eddie sports one at the end of the first film.]]
* TheBandMinusTheFace: Sal was the only original member in a new version of The Cruisers.
* BreakoutPopHit: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWQ-6IAS1cc On The Dark Side]]" by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.
* CaptainErsatz: John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Music/BruceSpringsteen kind of sound familiar, don't they?]]
* CoolCar: Eddie's '57 Chevy.
* DespairEventHorizon: Eddie, as noted by his choice of titles for his new album's songs.
* TheEighties: The movie begins in 1982 and tells The Cruisers' story through flashbacks.
* FakeBand: The actors are lip-synching to John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.
%%* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Eddie]]
* TheFifties: Even though the movie's flashbacks take place during the early 1960s, the attitudes, clothes, and Eddie's car show that the culture hasn't shifted yet.
* {{Flanderization}}: Between the two movies this happens to Eddie.
* {{Flashback}}
* IsThatWhatHeToldYou: Frank believed the story that Wendell's [[spoiler: death was a result of a heart attack and not a heroin overdose]] until Sal set him straight.
* {{Joisey}}
* LastNoteNightmare : A Season In Hell. First it's disturbing, then pretty, then the final note hits and it gets really disturbing. Many radio stations edit this part out.
* MementoMacGuffin: The master tapes for ''A Season In Hell'' are sentimental to both Joann and Eddie.
* NotableOriginalMusic: ''On The Dark Side'' became a real world pop hit and still gets airplay even today. ''A Season In Hell'' also makes it onto radio stations as well, typically with the ending cut out.
* NewSoundAlbum: The never released ''A Season In Hell'' album.
* PopularHistory: Averted. The flashbacks take place in the early 1960s and avoid portraying the era as a free love fest.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Averted!]]
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Doc Robbins suggested this to Frank after hearing that Sal was playing with a new version of The Cruisers.
* ShoutOut: As noted in the film, ''A Season In Hell'' is a theme album to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Season_in_Hell Arthur Rimbaud's classic work.]]
* ShortLivedBigImpact: In-universe. Eddie and the Cruisers as a band is a fictional example.
* TheSixties: The early version that came before Vietnam, the Hippies, and Woodstock.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Eddie could be accused of this.
* SofterAndSlowerCover: Inverted. "Dark Side" was originally written by Frank as a ballad, but Eddie sped it up into a rocker.
* SpoilerTitle: The sequel. At that point, the 1983 film's TwistEnding was [[ItWasHisSled well known.]]
* WhamLine: Eddie and Sal to each other, in-universe:
--> ''[after the record company has rejected "Season in Hell"]''
--> '''Sal:''' Eddie, you're wrong! You're wrong! Now listen to me. I love you. I've known you longer than anyone else. But you're ''wrong''. They want "On the Dark Side"! Why are we giving them some damn opera?! I don't even know what you're after!
--> '''Eddie:''' I want something ''great!'' I want something nobody's ever done before!
--> '''Sal:''' (completely gobsmacked) ''"Great"?!'' We ain't "great!" We're just some guys from Jersey!