Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle

Dexter Fletcher (2016)

101min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
They don't come any more crowd-pleasing and feel-good than this quintessential underdog fable about the trials and tribulations of heroic failure Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, who became an accidental ski-jumping record holder at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Eddie's journey to world fame was all the more remarkable owing to the lack of support from his snooty fellow Team GB members and the exasperated British sporting establishment. A terrific triumph-over-adversity tale told with deft assurance, energetic visuals and sharp observation, director Dexter Fletcher's rousing heart-warmer has you rooting for the lovable loser from frame one. Hugh Jackman is ace as Eddie's alcoholic trainer and fallen champion but it's Taron Egerton in the title role that gives this disarming biopic mass appeal. Capturing Eddie's signature pout, wide-eyed personality, sweet naivety and permanently positive attitude, Egerton's performance is utterly beguiling.

Summary

Biopic of British sporting underdog Eddie Edwards. Determined to fulfil his dreams of becoming an Olympic athlete, Edwards trains as a ski jumper - a field in which Britain had no other competitors. He secures a place in the 1988 Winter Olympics, where his can-do attitude makes him a media sensation in the face of a losing streak. Starring Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken.

Cast & Crew

Michael "Eddie" Edwards Taron Egerton
Bronson Peary Hugh Jackman
Target Tim McInnerny
Janette Jo Hartley
Matti Nykanen Edvin Endre
Eddie (15 years old) Jack Costello
Eddie (10 years old) Tom Costello Jr
BBC commentator Jim Broadbent
Warren Sharp Christopher Walken
Terry Keith Allen
Director Dexter Fletcher
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Edited for violence and language.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Apr 2016
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