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Based on a true story, Chariots of Fire is the internationally acclaimed Oscar-winning drama of two very different men who compete as runners in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a serious Christian Scotsman, believes that he has to succeed as a testament to his undying religious faith. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), is a Jewish Englishman who wants desperately to be accepted and prove to the world that Jews are not inferior. The film crosscuts between each man’s life as he trains for the competition, fueled by these very different desires. As compelling as the racing scenes are, it’s really the depth of the two main characters that touches the viewer, as they forcefully drive home the theme that victory attained through devotion, commitment, integrity, and sacrifice is the most admirable feat that one can achieve.


Related events:

  • July 11, 1924 – Eric Liddell wins 1st place at 400 metres finals


  • Immodest dress styles
  • Historical Profanity

Runtime: 125 min

Release: 1981

Cast: Ben Cross, Ian Charlesen, Nicholas Farrell

Director: Hugh Hudson

Writer: Colin Welland

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