Chariots of Fire

Directed By: Hugh Hudson Starring: Ben Cross Ian Charleson

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by Roger on 10/5/2010

This is one of my favorite movies ever. I remember being overwhelmed after seeing it in the theater (owing much to Vangelis' unforgettable music). The 2-disc set with available enhanced sound tracks and fascinating and lengthy "extras" is riveting. This is probably the best $10 I have ever spent. Although the DVD case was obviously factory-sealed, several of the plastic parts were broken. I blame the cheap standard to which all of these cases are made and the USPS. No complaints about Quebec-based iNetVideo.

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one of the best

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great, timeless movie,

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An absorbing drama dealing with the personal struggle of two very different men who are distance runners competing in the 1924 olympic games in paris.


Studio Warner
SKU 40701066
UPC 085393190828
UPC 14 00085393190828
Format DVD
Release Date 2/1/2005
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Personal Triumph
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.
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
Hugh Hudson
Ben Cross
Ian Charleson
Cast & Crew
Ben Cross - Actor
Colin Welland - Screenplay
David Watkin - Cinematographer
Dodi Fayed, et al. - Producer
Hugh Hudson - Director
Ian Charleson - Actor
Ian Holm - Actor
Nigel Havers - Actor
Terry Rawlings - Editor
Vangelis - Musical Score
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1981
Catalog ID 31908
UPC 00085393190828
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Oscar (1982) Milena Canonero, Winner, Best Costume Design,Vangelis, Winner, Best Music, Original Score,David Puttnam, Winner, Best Picture,Colin Welland, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen
Cannes Film Festival (1981) Ian Holm, Winner, Best Supporting Actor
ReviewSource VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Review A lush retelling of the parallel stories of Harold Abraham and Eric Liddell, English runners who com
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Chariots of Fire tells the story of the British triumphs at the 1924 Olympics, where the UK r
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Cross,Ben
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
James Berardinelli's ReelViews ...director Hugh Hudson shows respect for the integrity of his material and the intelligence of his audience.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Outstanding performances...

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