Chariots of Fire (DVD)
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The quest for Olympic Glory has begun in England. The year is 1924 and although success in the Olympics brings honour to your nation, for two runners the honour at Stake is personal honour.''Chariots of Fire'' is the inspiring true story of Harold Abrahams, Eric Liddell and the team that brought Britain one of its greatest sporting victories.//Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Nicholas Farrell and Alice Krige enjoyed their first major roles in this movie which blazed its way into the hearts of movie lovers everywhere. Director Hugh Hudson and Producer David Puttnam blended the remarkable talents of their acting team into a film of unique and lasting impact.
- Movies & TV
- 1 Jan 1999
- Region 2
- Sound Format
- Aspect Ratio
- 20th Century Fox
- 122 min
- Age Restriction
- Supply Source
- South Africa
- Chariots of Fire
- Release Year
- Running Time
- 124 min
- Dramas / Achievers / Adventure / Buddies / Essential Cinema / Personal Triumph / Recommended / Rivalry / Theatrical Release / True Story
- Director Hugh Hudson's absorbing drama, based on a true story, deals with the personal struggles faced by two very different long-distance runners competing for Britain in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) is a devout Christian who sees victory as a testament to the glory of God, while the other, Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), is a Jewish Cambridge student who sees victory as a challenge to anti-Semitism and his ongoing struggle for acceptance by Britain's elite. Eric, a hometown Scottish hero to the people, gives rousing sermons after victory and works at a local missionary. Harold runs with a zealous commitment, upsetting Cambridge's educational upper crust (played with enjoyable wit and candor by Sir John Gielgud and Lindsay Anderson) while enjoying social life with his university chums and his beautiful showgirl girlfriend (Alice Krige). But when faced with such a competent challenger, Harold hires trainer Sam Mussabini (Ian Holm) to further his dreams of winning the gold. Ultimately, the two runners meet in Paris to run for British victory in a rousing finale. Featuring an unforgettable soundtrack by Vangelis, this Academy Award-winning film is an inspirational story of athletic excellence and spiritual awakening that captures the zeal of post-WWI Britain and the glory of the Olympics.
- CHARIOTS OF FIRE was the official British entry in the 1981 Cannes Film Festival.
The film is the directorial debut for Hugh Hudson.
The film also features one of the first film roles of Ben Cross.
CHARIOTS OF FIRE was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture, Best (Original) Screenplay and Best Original Score.
- Cast & Crew
- Movie Critics
- Entertainment Weekly
- "[C]ompelling....An extraordinary study of individualism and class conflict..."— Jeff Labrecque (4 Feb 2005, p.118)
- New York Times
- "...Unashamedly rousing, invigorating....Splendidly performed..."— Vincent Canby (25 Sep 1984, p.C14)
- Sight and Sound
- "...There are some excellent character turns from the likes of John Gielgud and Lindsay Anderson..."— Geoffrey Macnab (1 Sep 2001, p.58)
- "...Strong script values and top-notch performances....The casting is pin point..."— (8 Apr 1981, )