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
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Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards was concerned that a version of this movie, starring Steve Coogan playing him, might be "too broad and mocking". He said: "These scripts I would read just emphasized the slapstick. It was like they were imagining this Alan Partridge sitcom. I said this isn't right, and so it all died a death." See more »
Garmisch is referred to as being in Germany. In 1988 that part of Germany was known as West Germany, which would have been the nationality formally named in the Games. See more »
[commentating on Eddie's jump at the Olympics]
To say that his style is unorthodox would be something of an understatement, but it obviously works for him.
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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation did not receive any payment or other consideration, or enter into any agreement, for the depiction of tobacco products in this film. See more »
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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