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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
Jessica Allain
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
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
Matt Rippy
as US Anchorman
Roy Beck
as Calgary Reporter
Jozef Aoki
as Calgary Press
Daniel Westwood
as Calgary Press Reporter
Christopher Marsh
as British Olympian
Tom Dab
as Swedish Coach
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Critic Reviews for Eddie The Eagle

All Critics (205) | Top Critics (52)

The overkill indicates an awareness that none of these would-be messages ring true.

November 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Watching this eagle take to the sky still manages to be a cheery delight.

August 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Eddie the Eagle is one of those underdog sports stories we all love so much, with an excellent performance from the likeable, empathetic Hugh Jackman.

August 2, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Peary is a completely fictitious character, but Jackman plays him like a younger Clint Eastwood, full of rugged charm and common sense, even though he stresses over his own past failures.

April 22, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It is both folk and fairy tale, but sort of irresistible. Everyone loves a rags-to-riches story, even if Eddie never quite won the riches.

April 21, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a recipe that worked for Rudy and Cool Runnings, and it's effective here.

April 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eddie The Eagle


It's a sports comedy based on real events taking a lot of liberties in telling Eddie's story. That makes for a ride that is as manipulative and predictable as it is enjoyable, thanks to a great leading man and a direction that pretty much knew what it set out to do. Sure, some parts could have been a bit less silly and with more basis in reality, but the result is still lovable and touching fun.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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 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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