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Eddie The Eagle (2016)



Critic Consensus: Eddie the Eagle's amiable sweetness can't disguise its story's many inspirational clichés -- but for many viewers, it will be more than enough to make up for them.

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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.

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Taron Egerton
as Eddie Edwards
Hugh Jackman
as Bronson Peary
Christopher Walken
as Warren Sharp
Jo Hartley
as Janette Edwards
Rune Temte
as Bjorn Norwegian Coach
Edvin Endre
as Matti Nykanen
Lasco Atkins
as Calgary Press
Anastasia Harrold
as British Olympian
Daniel Westwood
as Calgary Press Reporter
Jessica Williams
as British Olympian
Marc Benjamin
as Lars Kuk
Mac Pietowski
as British Olympian
Bron James
as Eagle Fan
Tomasz Dabrowski
as Swedish Coach
Jassie Mortimer
as Eagle Fan
Ruth Shaw
as Gillian - Fan
Martyn Mayger
as Ski Sports Sponsor
Karl Farrer
as Eddie's Neighbour
Katie Hudson
as Hysterical Fan
Michael Jeffries
as Swedish Skiier
Christopher Marsh
as British Olympian
Garry Moore
as Customs Officer
Billy Holland
as Street Kid
Laura Black
as Eddie's Fan
Kheira Bey
as British Olympian
Matthew Brandon
as Canadian Ski Jumper
Brent Phebey
as British Olympian
Austin Burrows
as German Coach
Michael Rauth
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Eddie The Eagle

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (31)

Eddie the Eagle tries to have it both ways with its main subject, simultaneously ridiculing and ennobling him. And, amazingly, it mostly works.

February 28, 2016 | Full Review…

Taron Egerton reproduces Eddie's offbeat charm, turning him into an Asperger's afflicted champion of the undertrodden.

February 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

For every easy, eye-rolling bit, there's a moment of genuine emotion; the champion jumper's pre-climax speech on what matters in sport is downright joyful.

February 26, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

While it's often cookie-cutter sports movie conventional, you'd have to be stone-hearted to remain un-charmed.

February 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It is a rare biopic of any kind, let alone a sports bio, that merely celebrates participation. It's that novelty that makes this simple comedy shine.

February 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though it aims for heroism, Edwards' story doesn't have a dramatic enough arc to be truly inspirational. It's not about winning, it's an ode to participation, which isn't enough for it to get off the ground.

February 26, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eddie The Eagle

The kind of inspirational story in which we know everything that is going to happen but still we happily embrace the clichés that make it seem like a delicious throwback to the '80s (the music is great), and Egerton has so much charisma that we can't help but fall in love with his character.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Eddie the Eagle is based on Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards life on how he entered the winter olympics as a ski jumper. I watched this film on a dark gloomy day, and as soon as it finished I was in high spirits. This film is the epitome of heart-warming and sweetness. Egerton was perfect as Eddie, literally perfection. Jackman was great as the supporting actor, but this was definitely Egerton's film. The script was funny, the soundtrack was excellent and most importantly, the film is fantastic.

Luke Andrews
Luke Andrews

Super Reviewer


Eddie the Eagle all works together in a rather campy, but loving tribute. My lack of familiarity with the actual man is a benefit because Edgerton's performance never rang false. It's an odd characterization. Taron Edgerton dons big glasses and affects an underbite to play the gawky athlete. He mercilessly hams it up playing up Eddie's little eccentricities. Occasionally the portrait verges on caricature. However Eddie is so likable and sweet that you forgive the affectations. What comes through is a genuine soul who just wanted to compete so badly. That Edgerton makes us understand this man without resorting to ridicule is kind of miraculous. His sincerity, much like the real life Eddie the Eagle, won me over. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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