Eddie (film)

Eddie is a 1996 American comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Langella. The film barely broke even at the box office, grossing $31,387,164 in the US. The film was directed by Steve Rash.

Eddie
Woman wearing a suit and holding a basketball under her arm
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteve Rash
Screenplay byJon Connoly
David Loucka
Eric Champnella
Keith Mitchell
Steve Zacharias
Jeff Buhai
Story bySteve Zacharias
Jeff Buhai
Jon Connolly
David Loucka
Produced byDavid Permut
Mark Burg
Starring
CinematographyVictor J. Kemper
Edited byRichard Halsey
Music byStanley Clarke
Production
companies
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
(North America)
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
(international)
Release date
  • May 31, 1996 (1996-05-31) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$30 million
Box office$31.4 million

PlotEdit

The New York Knicks are also-rans in the NBA, their roster filled with players who either lack talent or are too distracted by off-the-court issues. Nonetheless, limousine driver and rabid fan Edwina "Eddie" Franklin (Whoopi Goldberg) attends every Knicks game in the nosebleed section of Madison Square Garden.

During halftime of a game, Eddie is one of three fans picked to win a chance to be the honorary assistant coach of the Knicks for the second half by sinking a free throw, which she does. She quickly gets on the nerves of head coach John Bailey (Dennis Farina), whom she had heckled earlier.

Eddie is eventually charged with a technical foul for stepping onto the court during an argument between Bailey and a referee, and she is ejected from the Garden, to the fans' dismay. Eddie's popularity piques the interest of the new Knicks owner, "Wild Bill" Burgess (Frank Langella). After he forces Bailey to quit, Burgess names Eddie the new head coach.

The decision is received with skepticism and derision. However, she eventually is able to connect with the players both off and on the court to earn their respect. Eddie is able to lead the Knicks into postseason contention; the winner of their game against the Charlotte Hornets, now coached by Bailey, will receive the final spot in the NBA playoffs.

The night before the game, Burgess tells Eddie that if the Knicks win this game, he plans to sell the team to someone who intends to move the team to St. Louis. A conflicted Eddie must decide what to do when the Knicks take a one-point lead with just a few seconds to play. Realizing the consequences, she stops the game to announce Burgess's plan to the crowd at the Garden.

Faced with the possible enormous backlash from the Knicks' fans, Burgess promises the crowd he won't sell the team or move them out of New York City. When play resumes, the Hornets have one last chance to win, but Larry Johnson commits a charge on the game-winning layup, nullifying the basket and giving the Knicks the victory and the playoff berth.

CastEdit

Players from several NBA teams played major roles, including Alex English as the Cleveland Cavaliers' coach, Dwayne Schintzius, Greg Ostertag, and Rick Fox. Dennis Rodman, Muggsy Bogues, Vinny Del Negro, Vlade Divac, Bobby Phills, J. R. Reid, Terrell Brandon, Brad Daugherty, Mitch Richmond, Avery Johnson, Corie Blount, Larry Johnson, Randy Brown, Olden Polynice, and Scott Burrell appeared as themselves. Gary Payton, Anthony Mason, Herb Williams, and John Starks appeared as streetballers. Kurt Rambis appeared as the head coach of the Lakers. Chris Berman, Marv Albert and Walt Frazier also appeared in the movie as broadcasters.

Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Ed Koch, Fabio, and David Letterman also appeared in the movie. Gene Anthony Ray (who played Leroy in both Fame the series and the 1980 film) also features as associate choreographer, one of his last credits before his death in 2003.

During the production of the film Goldberg and Langella started dating; their relationship lasted until 2001.

ReceptionEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 18% based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 2.69/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Whoopi Goldberg may demonstrate that she can coach a basketball team with the best of them, but not even she can whip this dreary script into shape."[1] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.[2]

Roger Ebert gave the film one and a half stars.[3] Whoopi Goldberg was nominated for a Razzie Award as Worst Actress for her performance.

SoundtrackEdit

A soundtrack containing hip hop and R&B music was released on May 21, 1996 by PolyGram Records. It peaked at 119 on the Billboard 200 and 44 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Eddie (1996)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  2. ^ Matt Singer (August 13, 2015). "25 Films With Completely Baffling CinemaScores". ScreenCrush. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  3. ^ "Eddie Movie Review & Film Summary (1996)". Chicago Sun-Times. May 31, 1996.

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