Most people have dreams that they let fade, Eddie Edwards was born with a dream of greatness and refuse to let obstacles and cynics stand in his way!
Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton), a British boy born with a pair of bad knees and a dream of being an Olympic athlete. At a young age Eddie would hold his breath in the bath tub and when he made a minute, he packed a bag and headed to the bus station telling his mom, ”I’m off to the Olympics!” Eddie’s father regularly had to pick Eddie up at the station taking him home telling his son he is going to be a plasterer not an Olympian.
Eddie moved through Olympic events as he grew older and failed miserably at swimming, the javelin and hammer throw. Just as Eddie is ready to concede defeat, Eddie spots the new man made ski slopes in town and switches to the winter Olympics.
Eddie Edwards becomes a very good skier, winning trophies. The British Olympic committee comes to town to select skiers for the 1988 winter games in Vancouver Canada. Eddie is one of the better skiers but because he isn’t the athletic looking person, the judges tell him the same thing his dad did, “You will never be an Olympic athlete.” Eddie starts working with his dad plastering houses when he sees his first person ski jump on TV.
Eddie is back on his Olympic dream!
Eddie researches that Britain doesn’t have a ski jumping team. Eddie travels to Germany, the Olympic ski jumping training center, to learn to survive a 70 meter jump. Eddie hooks up with ex-Olympic hopeful Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), a ski jumper thrown off the American team just prior to the games, and the one Eddie wants him to coach him.
Bronson is reluctant until Eddie ends up in the hospital following a tumble from the 70 meter. Eddie manages to land some short jumps that make him a qualified athlete, until the British Olympic committee triples the distance to qualify. Peary works with Eddie n the European circuit and Eddie lands a jump and qualifies to represent Great Britain at the Olympics!
Eddie the Eagle is going to Vancouver to compete in the 1988 Olympics!
Eddie the Eagle is based on the true story of Eddie Edwards who competed in the 1988 games an had an unorthodox jumping style and would flap is arms for the crowd who coined him “Eddie the Eagle”. This is a feel good story to inspire folks to follow their dreams featuring great performances by Jackman, Egerton, Keith Allen and Jo Hartley as Eddie’s parents.
I’m Karl, the flick fanatic telling you to “fly” to the theater and see “EDDIE THE EAGLE”!!