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
According to the Wikipedia webpage about the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, "one of the most popular athletes from the games was British ski jumper Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, who gained infamy by placing last in both the seventy and ninety meter events finishing 70 and 53 points behind his next closest competitor, respectively. Edwards' 'heroic failure' made him an instant celebrity. He went from earning 6,000 pounds per year, as a plasterer before the Games, to making 10,000 pounds per hour per appearance afterward. Left embarrassed by the spectacle he created, the International Ski Federation altered the rules following Calgary, to eliminate each nation's right to send at least one athlete and set minimum competition standards for future events. Regardless, the President of the Organizing Committee, Frank King, playfully saluted Edwards' unorthodox sporting legacy, which would also be commemorated with a 2016 feature film, Eddie the Eagle." See more »
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Out Of The Sky
(Gary Barlow, Ben Mark, Mark Owen)
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd & Universal Music Publishing Limited
Performed by Marc Almond
Courtesy of Universal Music Catalogue
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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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