The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

Eddie the Eagle

This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.


Eddie the Eagle 2016 PG

106 mins Germany Director. Dexter Fletcher

Relive the inspirational story of Michael ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and his infamous appearance at the 1988 Winter Olympics, where he became Britain’s first competitor in ski-jumping for 60 years. Taron Egerton is perfectly cast as one of the most memorable faces from 1980s Britain, the ski-jumper (from a nation with no history of ski-jumping) who learned the sport from scratch after being dumped the official downhill-ski team, and whose sub-podium exploits charmed a nation famed for its veneration of noble losers.

Underdog sporting endeavours have inspired many film favourites down the years, and Eddie the Eagle follows a similar trajectory as 1993’s much-loved Cool Runnings (whose Jamaican bobsled team were the other unlikely underdogs from the same Calgary Olympics). Familiar though the course may be, it’s no less enjoyable and inspiring for it, with Egerton backed by some rich supporting performances from Hugh Jackman as Eddie’s jaded, booze-pickled coach and Keith Allen as his disapproving dad.

Matthew Vaughan (Kick Ass) mounts a handsome production with director Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill) contributing some pleasingly off-kilter touches, while ensuring the jumps themselves are conveyed as heart-poundingly vertiginous as they must have seemed to Edwards. Climb aboard for a film to make the spirits soar.

Start watching in: 30 days

Finish watching in: 48 hours

Directed by

Dexter Fletcher


Keith Allen

Hugh Jackman

Taron Egerton


Biopic Sport


Olympics on Film Closed Captions


PG mild sex references, mild bad language





Read lessRead more

Explore further

View The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner

The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner 1975 U

Werner Herzog’s moving portrait of a record-breaking ski jumper.

45 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Werner Herzog

View Flashing Blades
Flashing Blades
Watch for free 9 mins

Flashing Blades 1948

Tricky weather conditions cause some spills in the downhill and ski jumping at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St Moritz.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. William de Lane Lea

View The Olympia Leap
The Olympia Leap
Watch for free 1 mins

The Olympia Leap 1930

All the daredevil action captured by newsreel cameras perched at the top of the ski jump at St Moritz.

1 mins United Kingdom


View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts

Never ask | Ask me later