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Eddie the Eagle (2016)

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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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Tom Costello ...
Eddie (10 years old)
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Dickon Tolson ...
UK Doctor
Jack Costello ...
Eddie (15 years old)
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Richmond the BOA Official
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Dustin Target
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Matti Nykänen
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Erik Moberg (as Mads Pettersen)
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Lars Holbin
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Petra
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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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Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material, partial nudity and smoking | See all certifications »

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26 February 2016 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,084,682, 28 February 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,785,632, 22 May 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,128,165, 31 December 2016
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The character of Bronson Peary, played by Hugh Jackman, was created especially for the film and did not exist in real life as the coach of Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards. "I rang Hugh up and sent him the script," said Producer Matthew Vaughn. "He remembered Eddie The Eagle. He told me he used to jump off the roof of his house in Australia and pretend it was a ski jump! Hugh loved the idea of doing this. He's never done anything like this before." Jackman has said he was indeed a huge Eddie the Eagle fan growing up, just another reminder of the huge impact Eddie's exploits had on the world at large. "Eddie was a legend who embodies that pure spirit of having a go, and he had a go at the most crazy, almost suicidal event in sport, the ski jump. I mean, I wanted to be in the Olympics as a kid. I just wasn't going to go this far!". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Eddie Edwards: [Walks into the sauna] I'm Eddie and I'm... my god nude!
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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 »

Connections

References The Official 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics Video (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

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
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Important Thing is Not to Win, But to Take Part
3 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Everyone loves a good underdog story, and sports films have always been a good avenue for those stories to thrive. I know a lot of people like to complain sometimes about 'biopics' and how they should be as close to the source material as possible, but I look at it a different way. I go to the movies for an experience. Whether that be to laugh, cry, smile, or whatever, I go for the experience. If a film would be better off taking plenty of liberties, I'm all for it. Eddie the Eagle definitely took that philosophy, and for the most part, it really worked.

First of all, I have to give a shout out to Elk Grove Cinema (not that they would actually be reading this) for inviting me to a preview screening of the film a few weeks before its wide release. Of course I jumped at the opportunity considering Hugh Jackman and the up and comer Taron Egerton were starring in a sports film, especially a seemingly uplifting one at that. The film absolutely did not disappoint. Similar to last week's Finest Hours, I went in with mediocre expectations, and came out very pleasantly satisfied with what I got. It's a feel good story that I think everyone can get behind. Eddie dreamed his entire life of competing in the Olympics and was told that he would never make it, naturally that's someone we would root for.

The good thing is that Egerton does more than just portray a sympathetic character. He transforms into Eddie the Eagle. I didn't know much about him before the film but it seems like he really pulled off Edwards' emotions and body language to a T. Jackman is also very good as the clichéd drunk washed up trainer that takes Eddie from being a wannabe to an Olympic athlete. I think that's what a lot of people will come out of the film saying, it's so clichéd. To an extent, they're not wrong. Each and every character is the prototype of what you would expect them to be, whether they are supporting Eddie or entirely against him. But I also don't think it was always a detriment to the film. Sometimes the clichés worked.

As I said, the film is incredible satisfying. It's one of the best examples of a pure crowd-pleaser. There's not much to dislike about the film. I absolutely loved the music choices including the score and some timely 80's song choices. Sure, I think the stakes could have been raised a bit here or there to give an even bigger emotional moment, but I can't say the film didn't already bring me to teary eyes at some points. And that to me, is an experience at the movies.

+Emotionally satisfying

+Egerton is terrific

+Music

+Jackman

-Some clichés are unnecessary

7.5/10


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