Eddie The Eagle. Michael 'Eddie' Edwards (Taron Egerton).

Eddie The Eagle

2016 British comedy film about Great Britain's olympic first ski jumper. Stars Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Iris Berben, Tim McInnerny, Keith Allen and others.

Eddie The Eagle. Image shows from L to R: Michael 'Eddie' Edwards (Taron Egerton), Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman).

Eddie The Eagle

Win or lose, always aim high. The story of Great Britain's first ski jumper to enter the Winter Olympics

Genre
Film
Released
2016
Starring
Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Iris Berben, Tim McInnerny, Keith Allen, Mark Benton, Jo Hartley, Tom Costello and others
Writers
Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton
Director
Dexter Fletcher
Producers
Matthew Vaughn, Adam Bohling, David Reid, Rupert Maconick, Valerie Van Galder, Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken, Christoph Fisser, Stephen Marks, Claudia Schiffer and others

Inspired by true events, Eddie The Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards, 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, 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.

Eddie's story is inspirational. Although he was never athletically gifted, from an early age he dedicated his life to achieving one goal: to become an Olympian. Eddie tried his hand at various sports and disciplines, before settling on downhill skiing. Having narrowly failed to make the British team at the Winter Olympics in 1984, he recalibrated and switched to ski jumping.

There were several problems here: Britain had never had a ski jumping representative at a Winter Olympics. And Eddie had never even attempted a ski jump before. He was heavier than most ski jumpers, all of whom started at a very early age, he had no funding, very little training and his terrible eyesight meant that he had to attempt jumps while wearing glasses that would dangerously mist up mid-jump. Yet his indefatigable spirit prevailed. Begging and borrowing equipment, Eddie was the sole British entrant at the 1987 World Championships, where placing 55th was enough to see him through to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada.

Calgary was where Eddie really took off, literally and figuratively. Although he placed last in both his events - the 70 metre jump and 90 metre jump - he became a media darling (he was quickly dubbed "The Eagle" by the tabloids) and something of a folk hero, famous for his unorthodox style, appearance and will to compete.

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