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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.


Dexter Fletcher


Sean Macaulay (screenplay), Simon Kelton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





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 Marc Benjamin ... Lars Holbin
Iris Berben ... Petra
Rune Temte ... Bjørn the Norwegian Coach
Hugh Jackman ... Bronson Peary
Carlton Bunce ... Old Jumper


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


2 underdogs. 1 dream See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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UK | Germany | USA


English | German | Norwegian

Release Date:

26 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eddie the Eagle See more »


Box Office


$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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Eddie Edwards: [They are taking gear from the lost and found room] Peary, is this not theft?
Bronson Peary: It's the Lost and Found, man. Come on. Some guy dropoped 10 bucks on the street and you were to pick it up, would that be theft?
Eddie Edwards: Yes.
Bronson Peary: What if he didn't know it was missing?
Eddie Edwards: Then I'd give it to charity of something.
Bronson Peary: Eddie, you are a charity.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits photos of the real Michael "Eddie the Eagle" Edwards are shown. See more »


Referenced in Kingsman: Inside the Golden Circle (2017) 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.
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12 July 2017 | by zlifbSee all my reviews

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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