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
The movie's World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2016, was a "Surprise Screening". See more »
In an early scene set in 1973, a train goes over a bridge which clearly has an electronic display board, something which wasn't introduced until at least 30 years later. It also strongly resembles a London underground tube S Stock train - something which is not operated in the north of England and wasn't introduced to London underground until 2011. 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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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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I remember Eddie the Eagle as a joke, a laughing stock, incessantly pilloried by the gutter press and sneered-at by the mainstream media alike.
This film made me realise just how wrong I was.
Those shots peering down from the top of the ramp at the tiny people in the distance barely hint at the terror, standing up there and knowing that when you set off, there is only one way down.
They don't so much fall, as plummet.
I enjoyed the humour and the music, but most of all the story ... just ... worked. I know it's dramatised, it's not a documentary. Doesn't matter. It was something unique, truly special. And the film captures the essence of Eddie's '15 minutes of fame' in a remarkably positive and upbeat way. A true Olympian.
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