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Eddie the Eagle

  • Documentary and factual
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Dexter Fletcher
  • 101 mins
  • PG

Summary

Sports drama based on a true story, starring Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton. As athletes assemble in Calgary for the 1988 Winter Olympics the dreams are of gold medals and broken records. But an irrepressible ski jumper from the Great Britain team will make headlines and capture hearts around the world for an entirely different reason.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Michael "Eddie" EdwardsTaron Egerton
Bronson PearyHugh Jackman
TargetTim McInnerny
JanetteJo Hartley
Matti NykanenEdvin Endre
Eddie (15 years old)Jack Costello
Eddie (10 years old)Tom Costello Jr
BBC commentatorJim Broadbent
Warren SharpChristopher Walken
TerryKeith Allen

Crew

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DirectorDexter Fletcher

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate
Released on
2016-04-01
Languages
English | German | Norwegian
Guidance
Edited for violence and language.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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