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Eddie the Eagle (2015)

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The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

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Dexter Fletcher

Writers:

Sean Macaulay (screenplay), Simon Kelton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Costello Tom Costello ... Eddie (10 years old)
Jo Hartley ... Janette
Keith Allen ... Terry
Dickon Tolson Dickon Tolson ... UK Doctor
Jack Costello Jack Costello ... Eddie (15 years old)
Taron Egerton ... Eddie Edwards
Mark Benton ... Richmond the BOA Official
Tim McInnerny ... Dustin Target
Edvin Endre ... Matti Nykänen
Mads Sjøgård Pettersen ... Erik Moberg (as Mads Pettersen)
Marc Benjamin ... Lars Holbin
Iris Berben ... Petra
Rune Temte ... Bjørn the Norwegian Coach
Hugh Jackman ... Bronson Peary
Carlton Bunce Carlton Bunce ... Old Jumper
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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

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2 underdogs. 1 dream See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material, partial nudity and smoking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

To accurately depict Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards' training routine, and the big jumps he undertook at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, Dexter Fletcher, and Director of Photography George Richmond, had to find a way of doing it safely, and repeatedly. "There are 13 or more jumps in the film, and it's always the same action - a guy goes up somewhere steep, he jumps off and then he lands," noted Fletcher. "We had to find a lot of new ways to do that, and as soon as you get on a screen, everything becomes flat, and the height of something is reduced by 50 percent, at least." See more »

Goofs

In an early scene with Bronson Peary, a license plate on the wall says California in script letters. California first issued those plates in 1993. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Edwards: I need a practise jump.
Bronson Peary: What do you need to know you don't know already? It's higher than you've jumped before. You'll go faster than you've ever gone before. You're gonna fly farther than your tiny little brain can handle, but it's just a jump, man. Simple.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.39 (2016) See more »

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Thrill Me
(Gary Barlow/Andy McCluskey)
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK)
Limited & Copyright Control
Performed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (as OMD) and featuring Taron Egerton & Hugh Jackman
Courtesy of Blue Noise limited
Under license from Universal Music Catalogue, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
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Feel-good Biopic
27 January 2016 | by BigGuySee all my reviews

First of all, I have to say that I'm generally not a fan of biopics, they just aren't the type of movie I seek out. I got tickets to the sneak preview and my wife really wanted to go. Anyway, that preamble out of the way, I really did enjoy the movie.

Eddie the Eagle is a story about an underdog in every sense of the word. One theme that is repeated throughout the movie, is the quote from Pierre de Coubertin (father of the modern Olympics), "The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part; the important thing in Life is not triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." The story follows Eddie from the time he's a little kid with dreams of going to the Olympics. It follows him through his many assorted set-backs, and all the people around him who saw only failure in his future. It also shows the moments when he got helping hands when he most needed it. This movie is about his struggle.

The casting in the movie was quite good. I remember Eddie the Eagle from TV when I was young, and Taron Egerton does an excellent job in the role of Eddie. Hugh Jackman puts in a good performance as the coach Bronson Peary, and manages not to overpower Eddie's character. But while Taron Egerton really assumes the part of Eddie, a lot of Hugh Jackman leaks into his role as coach Peary.

The roles of Eddie's parents are also well played, and the actress playing his mother, Jo Hartley, gives a particularly poignant portrayal. The father, played by Keith Allen (currently uncredited on IMDb) is a bit of a caricature, but well acted. Actually, a lot of the supporting cast of characters are caricatures, especially the other ski-jumpers/coaches and the British Olympians/Olympic Committee. But to an extent that serves to emphasize the struggle for Eddie. Also, for those intent on seeing this film for Christopher Walked, he has a very small role.

While, I have emphasized the struggle aspect of the story, there is a lot of comedy thrown into the mix as well. The tone is upbeat throughout, even when Eddie has setbacks. While some of the failures are played for laughs (mostly early in the film), it's mostly Eddie's perseverance that makes this film endearing. It also feels like we're laughing with Eddie rather than at him, since it seems Eddie's in on the joke.

If you're on the fence about seeing this movie, I say give it a shot.


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Release Date:

26 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,084,682, 28 February 2016

Gross USA:

$15,789,389

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,152,800
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