Chariots of Fire (1981)
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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.|
"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|
Plot SummaryThis 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.
|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|