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Rated PG-13 · 105 minutes · 2016

Biography, Drama
Based on the true story of Eddie Edwards, an amateur ski jumper who defied the odds to represent Great Britain at the 1988 Winter Olympics, this inspirational heart-warmer from director Dexter Fletcher (Bugsy Malone) is the cinematic equivalent of a hug. Taron Egerton plays the sweet, pudgy, farsighted hero; Hugh Jackman is his American coach, an alcoholic former Olympian whose bristly veneer Edwards gradually softens. Fletcher produces some breathtaking jump scenes, combining thrilling aerial shots with nicely blended CGI and stunt work, though the hero's quieter moments with his coach, and even more so with his parents (Jo Hartley and Keith Allen, both wonderful), are equally stirring. With Jim Broadbent and Christopher Walken.
Official Site: www.foxmovies.com/movies/eddie-the-eagle
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Producer: Matthew Vaughn, Adam Bohling, David Reid, Rupert Maconick and Valerie Van Galder
Cast: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Jo Hartley, Tom Costello, Jack Costello, Mark Benton, Edvin Endre, Rune Temte, Iris Berben, Jim Broadbent and Christopher Walken

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