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 documents events at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, as did the earlier movie Cool Runnings (1993). Eddie the Eagle was released 23 years after Cool Runnings, which featured the famous Jamaican bobsled team. Both movies feature protagonists, who competed at the same Winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988, and were not medal winners, but were struggling and ridiculed competitors, who showed great spirit and determination. See more »
The film is set in 1987 and Eddie ends up in hospital. However on the wall on at least one occasion is a modern hand sanitizer, not available in 1987. See more »
The Cowboy Song
(Brian Downey & Phil Lynott)
Published by Universal Music Publishing Limited
Performed by Thin Lizzy
Courtesy of Virgin EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd. See more »
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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