Chariots of Fire (1981)
|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.|
"Outstanding performances... VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Editor's NoteDirector 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.
Cast & Crew
|Colin Welland - Screenplay|
|David Watkin - Cinematographer|
|Dodi Fayed, et al. - Producer|
|Hugh Hudson - Director|
|Terry Rawlings - Editor|
|Vangelis - Musical Score|
|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|
Customer Reviews of Chariots of Fire
I have a weakness for British-themed movies5/27/2011
I remember watching this movie in the theater when it first came out. It's such a refreshing, positive story, comparing to some of the movies that first showed around the same time, e.g. Halloween II. The theme music has become some sort of a classic. You still hear it being played from time to time. For me, this is a nostalgic trip back to the early 80's.
one of the best10/5/2010
great, timeless movie,
An astounding bargain!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.