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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 »

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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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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 »

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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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Trivia

Larry Johnson, the Knicks biggest rival in the movie actually went on to play for the Knicks one year after the movie was released. See more »

Goofs

When the announcer is reading off the list of seat numbers for the Honorary Coach selection, he says "Row R, seat 15" and Eddie and her friends start cheering that it is her seat. You can see the row letters on the side of the chairs beginning each row. Eddie is actually in row "S", seat 15 and the gentleman in front of her is in the actual row "R" seat 15. See more »

Quotes

Edwina "Eddie" Franklin: Was that your mistake, Mr. Rodman? I think so.
Dennis Rodman: Your team don't know how to play. Bad shots... bad coach...
Edwina "Eddie" Franklin: Bad hair.
Dennis Rodman: At least I look good.
Edwina "Eddie" Franklin: For the moment. Get your earrings, baby. You look naked.
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Referenced in Naked Movie (2002) See more »

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ROCK 'N ROLL PART II
Written by Gary Glitter and Mike Leander
Performed by Gary Glitter
Courtesy of Laurence Myers Ltd.
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Not a great film but enjoyable stuff for basketball fans
23 November 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When the New York Knicks are in the middle of a really poor run when they are purchased by a new owner, Wild Bill Burgess. In an attempt to get the fans into the Garden, he arranges a `honorary coach' contest which fan Eddie Franklin wins. She takes to the bench pushing Coach Bailey's patience to breaking point. When Wild Bill sees the fans react to Eddie he lets Bailey walk and gives her the job. When she turns the losing streak around the team starts to change but what is Wild Bill's financial plan for the Knicks?

As a Knicks fan I am used to seeing them play rubbish and `snatch defeat from the jaws of victory' so I didn't think it would hurt to watch this film – at least in this fictional film they stand a chance of a playoff berth! The plot is quite silly in essence, and very unlikely but it is used well to create jokes and good basketball action. The jokes are a mix of Goldberg's usual stuff as well as New York & NBA in-jokes. The Goldberg stuff is OK if you like her, I always liked her smart mouth so I enjoyed it.

The in-jokes and cameos also help the film. Be it Letterman, the Mayor or a host of NBA stars, the film is carried by these until it realises that it needs to get an actual plot to finish on! At one point I feared a romantic interest but was happy to see that dropped and a plot about Wild Bill's plans brought into play instead. This isn't great but it does OK and provides a good enough framework for Goldberg's wise mouth and lots of NBA cameos! The cast is deep in players, some knicks, most not, some knicks-to-be! Johnson, Jackson, Rodman, Patton, Mouges, Rick Fox and so on, they all play a good part in the film and the `oh look it's' effect helps keep the interest.

Of course many jokes do fall flat and the overall narrative is pretty weak, but the film is a fun diversion. As a knicks fan I did enjoy it on that level but I also felt it wasn't a bad way to spend 90 minutes. It has a watchable energy and is worth seeing if you like basketball and are in an undemanding mood.


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