Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle

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Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle is a 2016 biographical sports film directed by Dexter Fletcher. The film stars Taron Egerton as Michael Edwards, a British skier who in 1988 became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping since 1928. Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Iris Berben and Jim Broadbent co-star. The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on 26 January 2016.

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  • Adam Bohling
  • David Reid
  • Rupert Maconick
  • Valerie Van Galder
  • Matthew Vaughn
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  • Sean Macaulay
  • Simon Kelton
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  • December 12, 2015 (2015-12-12) (Butt-Numb-A-Thon)
  • January 26, 2016 (2016-01-26) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • February 26, 2016 (2016-02-26) (United States)
  • March 28, 2016 (2016-03-28) (United Kingdom)
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106 minutes
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  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • United States
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English
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Bjørn the Norwegian Coach: Baron de Coubertin's words "the most important thing is not the victory but the struggle"
  • Coach Bronson Peary asks Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards who his favorite actress is, with Eddie answering "Bo Derek". When Peary then proceeds to compare ski jumping to making love to Bo Derek, you can hear Ravel's "Bolero" playing. This refers to the movie "10" starring Bo Derek, in which her character desires to make love to the music of "Bolero".
  • The film features a CGI software reversed age archival photograph of the characters played by Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken. Similarly, a CGI software aged reversed archival photo of Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz appeared in Spectre (2015). Both Waltz and Walken have played arch-villains in Bond Movies, Waltz in Spectre and Walken in A View to a Kill (1985), a Bond movie which featured a snow sequence at the start of the film. Craig has played James Bond in four cinema movies at the time of the theatrical release of Eddie the Eagle whilst Jackman was considered in the media for the Bond role which ultimately went to Craig.
  • In a voiceover, the Jim Broadbent character refers to ski jumping as an Alpine event, it is in fact a Nordic event.
  • A key part of Bronson Peary's character arc is his relationship with his former coach, Warren Sharp, who kicked Bronson out of the U.S.A team all those years ago. Sharp remains a huge presence in Peary's life, particularly in a climactic scene where the two meet for the first time in over a decade. But the character presented director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn with a casting challenge. "It had to be someone on a par with Hugh Jackman," said Fletcher. "That's Christopher Walken. When he came on set, it was just brilliant. What he does is so 'Walken,' but it's powerful and moving, and means that Hugh's character is more three-dimensional as well."
  • The coach characters in the two movies featuring the 1988 Winter Olympics, Cool Runnings (1993) and Eddie the Eagle, portrayed each by John Candy and Hugh Jackman respectively, are both fictional characters.

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