Today’s pick, a film that failed at the box office but later blossomed on cable, Eddie and the Cruisers (1983).
Here’s the trailer for the film.
This film is an excellent piece of work, featuring Tom Berenger and Ellen Barkin, Micheal Pare’ as Eddie, and I think Joey Pants is in this film.
Released in 83, nobody saw it. However, 83 was the summer cable TV really blossomed across the country and millions watched it on HBO and The Movie Channel … so much that the soundtrack (by John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band) scored high and also individual hits (DARK SIDE and TENDER YEARS) … the film become so popular it spawned a sequel (an inferior piece of work, though it was said that when they filmed the concert scenes for the sequel, they “borrowed an audience” from Bon Jovi at one of their concerts, and everyone knew who Eddie was, and chanted “Eddie, Eddie”) that few saw or should see.
But the original works, and it’s arguably the first film that found its audience via cable … it would happen later with other films (and when folks start renting VHS tapes a couple years later, even more) but Eddie was the first … it’s a good flick, check it out.
And it supports my theory that everyone wants to see a good film, it’s just a question of letting the audience find it.
Thus endeth Monday Movie Madness.