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
When Edwards starts training with Peary, Peary asks him who his favorite movie star is, and he says "Bo Derek". While Peary says to Eddie that he should approach his jump like he would approach Bo Derek, you can hear Bolero by Maurice Ravel playing in the background. Bo Derek starred in Bolero (1984). See more »
Establishing scenes during Eddie heading to Europe in 1987 have the Deacon Blue song REAL GONE KID playing over the top. Whilst it fit in with the mood of the scene quite nicely, this tune was not actually released until Autumn 1988. It doesn't really exist within the movie; it's for the audience's benefit. See more »
The film makers themselves warn you with the movie being publicized as a feel-good, underdog tale that provides family entertainment. And that is EXACTLY what this movie is!!! And even though the movie does not bring in anything new or more than what was expected from it, it is definitely a good watch.
The characters are extremely likable and the movie will have you rooting for 'Eddie' in no time.
From what I have read, the movie was not shot in Canada and is very loosely based on the actual life of the real Eddie the Eagle, so people from Calgary and people who actually know a lot about the real Eddie might be slightly disappointed.
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