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Director: Hugh Hudson     Starring: Ben Cross Ian Charleson
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Format: DVD
Sku: 219171077
UPC: 883929157860
UPC 14: 00883929157860
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Editor's 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.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/4/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 124 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1981
Video UPC UPC: 00883929157860
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Nigel Havers
Video Cast Info Cheryl Campbell
Video Cast Info Ben Cross
Video Cast Info Ian Charleson
Video Cast Info Ian Holm
Video Cast Info Vangelis - Composer
Video Cast Info Hugh Hudson - Director
Plot 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.

Professional 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

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