Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.Written by
20th Century Fox
Young actor Taron Egerton learned how to ski for the role, in order to replicate the positions required for ski jumping, from the "INRUN" position (the first position a ski jumper adopts as they come down the slope) to the take-off move and the "TELEMARK", which allows the jumper to land with one foot in front of the other. "Well, I did about fifteen hours!" he laughed. "I was quite nervous doing it. It's hardcore. You realize how dangerous it is when you're doing it. Be under no illusions, ski jumping is an incredibly dangerous sport. I won't be doing the ninety meter jump!" laughed Egerton. "You have to do it every day from the age of four just for it to be safe. It's why Eddie [Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards] kept hurting himself." Hugh Jackman, no stranger to doing his own stunts, such as in the X-Men and Wolverine movies, was also daunted by the sheer difficulty of a ninety meter jump, which requires total focus and mastery of the human body just to take off, let alone land safely. See more »
When Matti Nykanen lands on a K70 slope, it is shown he landed at 114,2 meters. In ski jumping the results are only measured in half meter. Also it is impossible to jump that far on a K70 slope. See more »
[on top of the ramp, behind Eddie's back]
Der Englaender wird sterben.
The Englishman will die.
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During the end credits photos of the real Michael "Eddie the Eagle" Edwards are shown. See more »
Two Tribes' (Annihilation Mix)
(Peter Gill, Holly Johnson & Mark O'Toole (as Mark William O'Toole))
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Recorded by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
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Some films are merely created for entertainment and to tell a story. This is one of those films that you're not going to hear about during award season but it was certainly satisfying and worth the time.
Egerton was a perfect choice to play Eddie, from his off beat humor to his on spot facial expressions, and Hugh Jackman is a great compliment as the supporting role. Both characters are total opposites, each flawed in their own way, but really mesh together on screen.
The movie is fun and the story, based on the Eddie the Eagles dream of going to the Olympics, was nicely told with clean comedy paced throughout.
Not knowing the outcome of the true story, I was on edge rooting for Eddie throughout - just like the crowds in the stands on film.
Really glad they made this film, it's such a fun story and Eddie The Eagle is so deserving for a film that honors his hard work dedicated to his Olympic dream.
Have fun with this one!
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