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Director: Hugh Hudson     Starring: Ben Cross Ian Charleson
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40701066
UPC: 085393190828
UPC 14: 00085393190828
Rating: Game Rating Code
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This is a story of two men who run...not to run...but to prove something to the world. They will sacrifice anything to achieve their goals...Except their honor.
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.

"...director Hugh Hudson shows respect for the integrity of his material and the intelligence of his audience.  James Berardinelli's ReelViews
"Outstanding performances...  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

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.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/1/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 124 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1981
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 31908
Video UPC UPC: 00085393190828
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ben Cross
Video Cast Info Ian Charleson
Video Cast Info Ian Holm
Video Cast Info Nigel Havers
Video Cast Info Colin Welland - Screenplay
Video Cast Info David Watkin - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Dodi Fayed, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Hugh Hudson - Director
Video Cast Info Terry Rawlings - Editor
Video Cast Info Vangelis - Musical Score
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.


Oscar (1982)
Video Award Name Milena Canonero, Winner, Best Costume Design
Video Award Name Vangelis, Winner, Best Music, Original Score
Video Award Name David Puttnam, Winner, Best Picture
Video Award Name Colin Welland, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen

Cannes Film Festival (1981)
Video Award Name Ian Holm, Winner, Best Supporting Actor

Professional Reviews

"...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

VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 9 of 10
A lush retelling of the parallel stories of Harold Abraham and Eric Liddell, English runners who com

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
Chariots of Fire tells the story of the British triumphs at the 1924 Olympics, where the UK r

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Cross,Ben
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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