Chariots of Fire Poster

Release Date: September 25th, 1981

DVD Release Date: February 1st, 2005

PG|2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary
In the class-obsessed and religiously divided United Kingdom of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God's glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart Sybil (Alice Krige) in his single-minded quest.

Cast: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, John Gielgud, Nigel Havers, Nicholas Farrell, Ian Holm, Lindsay Anderson, Nigel Davenport

Director: Hugh Hudson

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Allied Stars, Warner Brothers

Keywords: Transformation, Quest, Heartwarming, Sister, Inspiring

Ratings & Reviews

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  • There's barely a whiff of melodrama in Chariots of Fire, which makes the film-watching experience all the more effective -- director Hugh Hudson shows respect for the integrity of his material and the intelligence of his audience. The absence of mawkish moments provides the narrative with a genuine quality that supports its factual background. show more

  • Chariots of Fire is one of the best films of recent years, a memory of a time when men still believed you could win a race if only you wanted to badly enough. show more

  • The beautifully told but predictable story of two athletes who competed in the 100-meter dash for England in the 1924 Olympics...The film has received choruses of praise prior to its nationwide opening this week. Although it is extremely well made, I frankly don't understand what the shouting is about. Good, yes; great, no. [25 Dec 1981, p.56] show more

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Awards

Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Best Picture
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Winner Music (Original Score)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Winner Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Winner Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated Directing
Winner Costume Design
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Nominated Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)