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Eddie (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 31 May 1996 (USA)
Eddie is a New York limo driver and a fanatical follower of the New York Knicks professional basketball team. The team is struggling with a mediocre record when, in mid-season, "Wild Bill" ... See full summary »

Director:

Steve Rash

Writers:

Steve Zacharias (story), Jeff Buhai (story) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Eddie
Frank Langella ... Wild Bill Burgess
Dennis Farina ... Coach Bailey
Richard Jenkins ... Assistant Coach Zimmer
Lisa Ann Walter ... Claudine
John Benjamin Hickey ... Joe Nader
Troy Byer ... Beth Hastings (as Troy Beyer)
John Salley ... Nate Wilson
Rick Fox ... Terry Hastings
Malik Sealy Malik Sealy ... Stacy Patton
Mark Jackson Mark Jackson ... Darren Taylor
Dwayne Schintzius Dwayne Schintzius ... Ivan Radovadovitch
Greg Ostertag Greg Ostertag ... Joe Sparks
Vernel Singleton Vernel Singleton ... Jamal Duncan
Marv Albert ... Marv Albert
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Storyline

Eddie is a New York limo driver and a fanatical follower of the New York Knicks professional basketball team. The team is struggling with a mediocre record when, in mid-season, "Wild Bill" Burgess, the new owner, as a public relations gimmick, stages an 'honorary coach' contest, which Eddie wins. The fans love it, so "Wild Bill" fires the coach and hires her. She takes the bunch of overpaid prima donnas that make up the team and turns them around. But the owner hopes to move the team, now the darling of the New York fans, to St. Louis. He may OWN the team, but it BELONGS to the city and the fans! Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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Taglines:

The Newest Coach In The NBA Has Got The Knicks Right Where She Wants Them.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

31 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eddie - En värsting till coach See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$178,363, 19 July 1996

Gross USA:

$31,356,117, 22 September 1996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,700,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

3 actual New York Knicks during the time of filming had a cameo during the playground pickup scene.... John Starks, Anthony Mason, and Herb Williams all appeared during the pickup scene in the playground. See more »

Goofs

When the announcer is reading off the list of seat numbers for the Honorary Coach selection, he says "Row R, seat 15" and Eddie and her friends start cheering that it is her seat. You can see the row letters on the side of the chairs beginning each row. Eddie is actually in row "S", seat 15 and the gentleman in front of her is in the actual row "R" seat 15. See more »

Quotes

Coach John Bailey: (now as coach of the Charlotte Hornets) Hey, Zimmer, where's your coach - still in the ladies' room?
Carl Zimmer: I don't know where she is.
Coach John Bailey: Well, if she doesn't show up here pretty quick, you're going to have awfully big shoes to fill, even if they are high heels.
Carl Zimmer: Uh, John, I've been around for a lot of years. I learned from the best.
Coach John Bailey: Well, thanks, Carl. I appreciate that, really. Thank you.
Carl Zimmer: I wasn't talking about you.
Coach John Bailey: Chump.
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Connections

Referenced in A Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

SKILLS
Written and Produced by Richard "G", Fredwreck Nassar and Stanley Clarke
Performed by Stanley Clarke
Courtesy of Epic Records
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NBA all the way!
10 September 2011 | by johnnykeane10See all my reviews

Eddie starring Whoppi Goldberg is a product of the tremendous interest generated by the game of Basketball in the 90s in the USA, mostly because of the jazz and excitement of the game and players like Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman etc who drew in large crowds and made the NBA big business.

The best feature about this film is it does not take itself seriously from the beginning. There fun poked at greedy players, foreign imports and egotistical coaches! The film itself is about a huge fan of the New York Knicks who becomes coach of the New York Knicks by becoming close to the new owner of the Knicks Wild Bill Burgess( Frank Langella)

The cameos in the film are plentiful and while MJ himself does not make an appearance it gives a funny insight into what its like to be on the court and what makes players tick. One shot of John Salley making a free throw is very striking and would send a shiver down any sports fan of any sport.

Its not a blue chips type basketball film, its a comedy/sports movie that is easy to watch and thats why i am giving it a 7!

P.S look out for a rare cameo from Leroy from Fame as a dancer!


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