Eddie’s life changes when he meets Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), a former champion ski jumper who was disgraced for his unruly behaviour. Seeing a kindred spirit in Eddie, Bronson agrees to help Eddie train for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
Edward’s tenacious spirit as he takes on the establishment makes him the ultimate “have-a-go hero”, winning the hearts of sports fans across the globe and becoming a certified national treasure in Britain.
What do we think?
Director Dexter Fletcher has a knack for injecting infectious, feel-good energy into his films – he did it with Sunshine on Leith and he’s done it again with Eddie The Eagle. It’s impossible not to be right there with Eddie, cheering him on as he soars through the air. Funny, touching and inspiring, this film will leave you with a warm fuzzy glow.
This is a great sports movie, except that here, winning is not the point, it’s a triumphant celebration of taking part and giving it a go. This is a buddy movie too, with Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman on fine form as their beautiful bromance blossoms on the piste.
You’d have to have a heart of stone not to be charmed by this uplifting story of a loveable underdog.
Eddie the Eagle trivia
- Gary Barlow produced a star-studded soundtrack for the film, featuring Tony Hadley, Marc Almond, Kim Wilde, Midge Ure, Heaven 17 and many more.
- In 1988, Eddie Edwards became the first to represent Great Britain in Olympic Ski Jumping since 1929.
- Eddie became the British ski jumping record holder and held a stunt jumping world record (jumping over six buses, or ten cars).
- Eddie’s real name is actually Michael, Eddie was a nickname he acquired at school, based on his surname.
- Other actors were considered for the role of Eddie, including Steve Coogan and Rupert Grint.
- Director Dexter Fletcher used to appear in front of the camera, most famously in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
- When Dexter Fletcher got married, his best man was Alan Rickman.
- The Jamaican bobsled team who inspired the film Cool Runnings - also took part in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
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