Chariots of Fire

Directed By: Hugh Hudson Starring: Ben Cross Ian Charleson

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Studio Warner
SKU 219171077
UPC 883929157860
UPC 14 00883929157860
Format DVD
Release Date 1/4/2011
Keywords
Achievers
Adventure
Buddies
Essential Cinema
Personal Triumph
Recommended
Rivalry
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary This Academy Award-winning film, based on a true story, follows the rivalry between two long-distance runners competing for Britain in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games.
Reviews
Variety "...Strong script values and top-notch performances....The casting is pin point..." 04/08/1981
New York Times "...Unashamedly rousing, invigorating....Splendidly performed..." 09/25/1984 p.C14
Sight and Sound "...There are some excellent character turns from the likes of John Gielgud and Lindsay Anderson..." 09/01/2001 p.58
Entertainment Weekly "[C]ompelling....An extraordinary study of individualism and class conflict..." 02/04/2005 p.118
Directors
Hugh Hudson
Actors
Ben Cross
Ian Charleson
Cast & Crew
Nigel Havers - Star
Cheryl Campbell - Star
Ben Cross - Star
Ian Charleson - Star
Ian Holm - Star
Vangelis - Composer
Hugh Hudson - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1981
UPC 00883929157860
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Awards
Name Colin Welland
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1981
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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