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Eddie

4.6 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews

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Whoopi plays a loud New York Knicks basketball fan who ends up becoming their new head coach and leading her losing team into the big time!

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  • Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Dennis Farina, Aasif Mandvi, Chris Berman, Dwayne Schintzius
  • Directors: Steve Rash, Victor Kemper
  • Writers: David Loucka, Eric Champnella, Jeff Buhai, Jon Connolly, Keith Mitchell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305428530
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,431 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eddie" on IMDb

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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 8, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This is a very enjoyable comedy, starring the irrepressible Whoopi Goldberg in the role of Edwina "Eddie" Franklin, the widow of a New York City police officer. Following in her late husband's footsteps, she coaches basketball for inner city kids. She is also the number one fan for the New York Knicks, a team that, despite the talent on it, can't seem to win a game. Eddie loves the team, no matter what, and can be seen high up in the rafters of every Knicks game, rabidly and raucously cheering them on.
When "Eddie" wins the honorary coach for the day contest at one of the Knicks' games, she manages to get thrown off the court by the head coach (Dennis Farina), when she protests a ref's call. This causes the fans to go wild, chanting her name as she leaves the court. When the head coach for the Knicks gets fired by the team's owner, Wild Bill Burgess (Frank Langella in a ten gallon hat), he hires "Eddie" as an interim head coach, as it seems that fans of the Knicks love "Eddie" and respond to her very positively. After all, she was one of them. Burgess, however, has no expectations of "Eddie's" ability to coach the team. "Eddie", however, aims to do everything she can to bring the Knicks out of their slump. For her, this is a dream come true.
This is a feel good sort of movie. Whoopi is very funny , as she goes about setting right what has gone wrong with the team. Frank Langella is terrific as the deal making team owner whose folksy manner belies the fact that he has his eye on the bottom line. Dennis Farina is credible as the head coach with a mouth as big as his monumental ego. While the film is fairly predictable, it is quite enjoyable. The viewer is also treated to a few fun cameos by Donald Trump, sports announcer Marv Alpert, and former NBA star, Walt Frazier. If you are not a big fan of basketball, however, deduct one star from my rating.
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While Eddie is a typical Whoopi movie, with all of the sarcasm and attitude we have come to expect, it has become a favorite (as I watched it numerous times) for two reasons ...

1) I love the scene where Eddie asks one of the team members if the loss is her fault. After saying, "You know how it is, coaches lose, teams win," he goes on to tell her that as long as she sees the players as just basketball players, and not real people, then they won't listen to her anymore than she is listening to them.

Too often we do the same, not just to basketball players, but to others in our lives. We fail to see them as real people, and we tend to forget the importance of listening to their cares and problems.

2) During the climax of the movie, Eddie must make a crucial decision. She has to decide if she is willing to put her reputation and future on the line for what is important. In so doing, she has to be willing to recognize that she has been a fool ... and put aside her own ego.

Depending on whether you enjoy Whoopi, you may or may not appreciate this particular video, but go beyond the surface humor and hear the message of the movie. Each of us is important, and we deserve to be listened to. And each of us has the possibility of changing things, even if we aren't rich and powerful.
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By Luna on October 5, 2013
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I watched this movie back in my youth. I was happy to find it on DVD!

If you like Whoopi, this is a keeper. Whoopi plays a character named Eddie. Eddie is a serious fan of a particular basketball team. When the new owner decides to "shake things up" he invites Whoopi to be the new head coach. The laughs never stopped after that! Even if you not a hard core basketball fan (like me), you'll still love this flick if you like Whopi!
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This was a used copy and I paid one dollar for it, but it cut me off at the very end, so I had to order a new one – for $15 or thereabouts.
It would have been better to order the new one in the first place.
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By TREND700 on January 12, 2010
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Manhattan limousine driver Edwina "Eddie" Franklin lives and breathes basketball. Her world revolves around Madison Square Garden, home of her beloved, albeit in last place, New York Knicks. She knows all there is to know about the team. She knows the players. She knows the coaches. She knows every statistic in the book. But what she never could have imagined is that hitting a free throw during a half-time contest would completely change her life. Whoopi does it once again. Eddie is hilarious, a truly great movie.
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By Jess on December 12, 2013
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Eddie is an all time classic that makes you remember you can do anything you set your mind to. So happy to finally own it on Dvd and at a steal of a price with free 2 day shipping when we got a trial of amazon prime.
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By A Customer on August 11, 1999
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Whoopi is one of my favorite actresses, so that might be why my review of this film is biased. Although rabid movie critics may disagree with me, I found the film to be rather enjoyable. It was fun watching Whoopi arise to the level of coach and turn around the fledgling Knicks. It's a light-hearted comedy with laughs and fun. Recommended.
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By A Customer on April 29, 2013
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Everybody who has seen Eddie has got to love it. I love the movie the music they picked to go with it and just the whole idea of the movie to keep the KNICKS in New York. Wild Bill and his wonderful horse in his basket ball shoes, how would a horse tolerate that?? Great and Funny movie.
I have other movies she has made and she is just great all the way around.

I would love to meet her one day, but as we all know its just a dream.
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