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Total Count: 34


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A few real NBA players populate this Whoopi Goldberg comedy about a Knicks fan who becomes their feisty coach and overcoming gender biases and tremendous credibility gaps, manages to turn the fictionalized losers into a winning team. Goldberg plays a limo-dispatcher Eddie who loves to keep her drivers informed of every play made by her beloved Knicks, who haven't won a game in a long time and have begun to lose fans at an appalling rate. The team's troubles only seem to increase when flamboyant Texas tycoon Wild Bill Burgess (Frank Langella) buys them. Unfortunately, though he means well, Burgess is clueless when it comes to basketball, believing more attractive cheerleaders will be the ultimate successful key. When that flops, he decides to fire the regular coach and replace him with-Eddie. Naturally, the players are less than thrilled. But her spunk, fire, and dogged sincerity gradually wins them over and spurs them on to become champions. Players include John "Spider" Salley. Superstar player Dennis Rodman makes a cameo as do New York celebrities Donald Trump, Ed Koch, and David Letterman.


Frank Langella
as Wild Bill Burgess
Dennis Farina
as Coach Bailey
Richard Jenkins
as Asst. Coach Zimmer
John Salley
as Nate Wilson
Rick Fox
as Terry Hastings
Malik Sealy
as Stacy Patton
Dwayne Schintzius
as Ivan Radovadovitch
Greg Ostertag
as Joe Sparks
Troy Beyer
as Beth Hastings
Edward I. Koch
as Himself (Former New York City mayor)
Mark Jackson
as Darren Taylor
Vernel Singleton
as Jamal Duncan
Marv Albert
as Himself
Chris Berman
as Himself
Aasif Mandvi
as Mohammmed
Walt Frazier
as Himself
Rudolph W. Giuliani
as Mayor of New York City
Ed Koch
as Former Mayor of New York City
Donald Trump
as Himself
Eartha Robinson
as Knicks choreographer
James K. Flynn
as MSG Announcer
David Letterman
as Himself (uncredited)
Gary Payton
as Rumeal Smith
George Gore II
as Malik Jones
Jonathan Marten
as Eric--Bag No.1
Ethan Edward Marten
as Keith--Bag No.2
Melrose Larry Green
as Colorful Fan
Norman Max Maxwell
as Fair Weather Fan
Alexandra Adi
as ESPN Radio Announcer
Jim Gloster
as LA Bellhop
Kristian Damian
as Young Malik
Allan Lindo
as Young Jerome
Ana Divac
as Party Girl
Julie Araskog
as Frazier Radio Announcer
Spud Webb
as Atlanta Hawks Player
Glenn (Doc) Rivers
as Atlanta Hawks Player
Jon Koncak
as Atlanta Hawks Player
Vlade Divac
as Los Angeles Lakers Player
Corie Blount
as Los Angeles Lakers Player
Cedric Ceballos
as Los Angeles Lakers Player
'Pig' Miller
as Los Angeles Lakers Player
Nick Van Exel
as Los Angeles Lakers Player
Kurt Rambis
as Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach
John 'Hot Rod' Williams
as Cleveland Cavaliers Player
Brad Daugherty
as Cleveland Cavaliers Player
John S. Battle
as Cleveland Cavaliers Player
Bobby Phills
as Cleveland Cavaliers Player
Terrell Brandon
as Cleveland Cavaliers Player
Alex English
as Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach
Rob Ryder
as Cleveland Cavaliers Assistant Coach
Dennis Rodman
as San Antonio Spurs Player
Avery Johnson
as San Antonio Spurs Player
Vinny Del Negro
as San Antonio Spurs Player
J.R. Reid
as San Antonio Spurs Player
Cory Alexander
as San Antonio Spurs Player
Jack K. Haley
as San Antonio Spurs Player
Olden Polynice
as Sacramento Kings Player
Walt Williams
as Sacramento Kings Player
Randy Brown
as Sacramento Kings Player
Tyus Edney
as Sacramento Kings Player
Brian Grant
as Sacramento Kings Player
Mitch Richmond
as Sacramento Kings Player
Duane Causwell
as Sacramento Kings Player
Sam Mitchell
as Indiana Pacer
Dale Davis
as Indiana Pacer
Danny Manning
as Phoenix Suns Player
Joe Kleine
as Phoenix Suns Player
Danny Schayes
as Phoenix Suns Player
Elliot Perry
as Phoenix Suns Player
Wayman Tisdale
as Phoenix Suns Player
Larry Johnson
as Charlotte Hornets Player
Muggsy Bogues
as Charlotte Hornets Player
David Wingate
as Charlotte Hornets Player
Scott Burrell
as Charlotte Hornets Player
Joe Wolf
as Charlotte Hornets Player
Anthony Mason
as Pick-Up Player
Herb Williams
as Pick-Up Player
John Starks
as Pick-Up Player
David Dwyer
as Game Referee
J. Don Ferguson
as Game Referee
Mick McGovern
as Game Referee
Jerry J. Heater
as Game Referee
Zelton Steed
as Game Referee
Gary T. McTague
as Lock Room Reporter
Patt Noday
as Locker Room Reporter
Ron Clinton Smith
as Locker Room Reporter
Steve Coulter
as Locker Room Reporter
Dorothy Recasner Brown
as Locker Room Reporter
Al Trautwig
as NYC TV Reporter
John DiMaggio
as Construction Worker
Armand Dahan
as Street Vendor
Tyrone Bell
as Bench Knick
Marcus P. Blucas
as Bench Knick
Demetrius Calip
as Bench Knick
Tristan Ray Lawson
as Bench Knick
Gene Banks
as Knicks Assistant Coach
Bret Wood
as Knicks Trainer
Mitchell Gordon
as Dancing Knicks Fan
Alan Scott
as Rowdy Fan
as Himself
Joseph Sinacori
as Joe the Cop
Rachel Pond
as Owner's Box Hostess
Beau Nix
as Game Scorer
Charles Martin
as St. Louis Businessman
George Halgas
as St. Louis Businessman
Kim Delgado
as Businessman
Bernie Engel
as Elderly Fan
Thomas Nial
as Angry Fan
Ebony Jo-Ann
as Patton's Mama
Eartha D. Robinson
as Knicks Choreographer
Ben Bagby
as Dancer
Joy Davis
as Dancer
Lia Panos
as Dancer
Tara Wood
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Eddie

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (28)

  • The next hour or so is filled with the Knicks committing turnovers, until a player tells Eddie they'll keep losing until she takes an interest in their personal lives. Wow!

    Mar 24, 2008
  • What saves the film from abomination is the basketball.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • It's a fresh, funny, engaging picture that sets up an arresting situation and then follows through on it realistically.

    Jun 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As long as the hoopsters mix it up with the Whoopster, it's fun. A second-string story keeps interrupting, though.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4

    Mike Clark

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • Ms. Goldberg has everything it takes -- terrific lungs, endless wisecracks, that ear-to-ear grin -- to play the New York Knicks fan who is the star of this Cinderella story.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • This sounds like a sensational scenario, but, alas, almost everything in betweenis recycled out of lightweight sports-movie cliches, and the movie never captures the electricity and excitement of the real NBA.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eddie

  • May 24, 2011
    Whoopi is hilarious, and has got real-life Knicks fans thinking 'Why couldnt this happen in real-life?'
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2009
    Whoopi Goldberg rocks, and this was surprisingly good to have went so unnoticed...it's all the way live!
    Jason O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2009
    A Pretty good Sports-Comedy. I enjoyed it alot. Not too funny, Not to unfunny. The Knciks as actually portrayed, are losing in the NBA, and Whoopie Goldberg Fanatic Knick's Fan, Gets to coach the Knicks, and Might actually get them into the playoffs.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2007
    Trying to add bounce to her well worn flounce, Whoopi's the eponymous, mouthy basketball fan who's caught up in the machinations of rhinestone cowboy Wild Bill (Langella). Bill has been brought in to save New York's ailing basketball team, the Knicks, and plucks Eddie from the crowd to act as a rinky-dink mascot coach. But she's the real thing - grabs a'hold of those NBA boys, shakes 'em up and you can guess the rest. They're all present and correct, the elements of a Goldberg vehicle we've come to know and dread. What saves the film from abomination is the basketball. It may not look good (TV values reign), but the floor pounding games are edited to create real rushes of glee. The NBA stars, too, are superb, particularly real-life hoop-dreamer Sealy as arrogant golden boy Stacy Patton.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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