PG-13 | | Biography, Comedy, Drama
The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
Matthew Vaughn quickly assembled his dream team both in front of, and behind the camera. Deciding immediately that he didn't want to direct ("This is a whole new experience for me, making a family-friendly feel-good film!"), he turned to his old friend, Dexter Fletcher. Fletcher had starred in the first movie produced by Vaughn, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), and the two had remained in touch ever since, during which both had become directors. Fletcher's helming debut, Wild Bill (2011), in particular, caught Vaughn's eye. "I loved Wild Bill (2011)," said Vaughn. "Dexter's good at heart, and he's good at looking after people."
So is this the bit where you say "I told you so"?
Bronson Peary: No, this is where I say that without the booze I wouldn't even have the guts to do that jump. As your coach, I think you're crazy.
Eddie Edwards: I don't know what I was thinking.
Bronson Peary: But as your friend, I say you ...
In an early scene set in 1973, a train goes over a bridge which clearly has an electronic display board, something which wasn't introduced until at least 30 years later. It also strongly resembles a London underground tube S Stock train - something which is not operated in the north of England and wasn't introduced to London underground until 2011.
During the end credits photos of the real Michael "Eddie the Eagle" Edwards are shown.
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$6,084,682 28 February 2016