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Eddie (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy , Sport | 31 May 1996 (USA)
Eddie is a New York limo driver and a fanatical follower of the New York Knicks professional basketball team. The team is struggling with a mediocre record when, in mid-season, "Wild Bill" ... See full summary »

Director:

Steve Rash

Writers:

Steve Zacharias (story), Jeff Buhai (story) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Eddie
Frank Langella ... Wild Bill Burgess
Dennis Farina ... Coach Bailey
Richard Jenkins ... Assistant Coach Zimmer
Lisa Ann Walter ... Claudine
John Benjamin Hickey ... Joe Nader
Troy Byer ... Beth Hastings (as Troy Beyer)
John Salley ... Nate Wilson
Rick Fox ... Terry Hastings
Malik Sealy Malik Sealy ... Stacy Patton
Mark Jackson Mark Jackson ... Darren Taylor
Dwayne Schintzius Dwayne Schintzius ... Ivan Radovadovitch
Greg Ostertag Greg Ostertag ... Joe Sparks
Vernel Singleton Vernel Singleton ... Jamal Duncan
Marv Albert ... Marv Albert
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Storyline

Eddie is a New York limo driver and a fanatical follower of the New York Knicks professional basketball team. The team is struggling with a mediocre record when, in mid-season, "Wild Bill" Burgess, the new owner, as a public relations gimmick, stages an 'honorary coach' contest, which Eddie wins. The fans love it, so "Wild Bill" fires the coach and hires her. She takes the bunch of overpaid prima donnas that make up the team and turns them around. But the owner hopes to move the team, now the darling of the New York fans, to St. Louis. He may OWN the team, but it BELONGS to the city and the fans! Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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Taglines:

The Newest Coach In The NBA Has Got The Knicks Right Where She Wants Them.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

31 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eddie - En värsting till coach See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$178,363, 19 July 1996

Gross USA:

$31,356,117, 22 September 1996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,700,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Richard Jenkins, who plays assistant coach Carl Zimmer, and Frank Langella, who plays Wild Bill Burgess, were both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2008. See more »

Goofs

When Nate enters the game to replace Stacey Patton, he removes his jacket, throws it on the bench, and starts to remove his pants. When he gets to the huddle his pants are off and his jacket is back on. He takes the jacket off again. See more »

Quotes

David Letterman: And the number one reason Eddie Franklin has the Knicks playing so well... co-ed showers!
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Connections

Referenced in Talk Show the Game Show: She Ready, Boo! (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

AFTER LAST NIGHT
Written by Dalvin DeGrate and K-Ci Hailey (as Cedric (K-Ci) Hailey)
Produced by Mr. Dalvin
Performed by Jodeci
Courtesy of Uptown Records
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Enjoyable from start to finish
22 June 2005 | by herbertataraSee all my reviews

This is a comedy-fantasy, people -- not a documentary. The pacing is bouncy and rollicking. The performances are precisely what they should be -- neither "villain" is one-dimensional or over-the-top, but just menacing enough in the right amounts, and the ways in which Eddie triumphs over each of them are quite clever.

Mayor Koch's cameo is hysterical, as is the bit with Stacey's Mom. Ostertag shows good comic timing. The background of Eddie is just touching enough without being maudlin. The transition of the Knicks from selfish losers to re-motivated winners is handled just right for a comedy-fantasy. This is at least in a class with Angels In The Outfield as an enjoyable comedy-fantasy.


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