Chariots of Fire (1981)

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Biography - Drama - Sport | 124 minutes
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It's the post-WWI era. Britons Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell are both naturally gifted fast sprinters, but approach running and how it fits into their respective lives differently. The son of a Lithuanian-Jew, Harold, who lives a somewhat privileged life as a student at Cambridge, uses being the fastest to overcome what he sees as the obstacles he faces in life as a Jew despite that privilege. In his words to paraphrase an old adage, he is often invited to the trough, but isn't allowed to drink. His running prowess does earn him the respect of his classmates, especially his running teammates, and to some exten...
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t the school administration, if only he maintains what they consider proper gentlemanly decorum, which isn't always the case in their minds. Born in China the son of Christian missionaries, Eric, a Scot, is a devout member of the Church of Scotland who eventually wants to return to that missionary work. He sees running as a win-win in that the notoriety of being fast gives him...
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The mood of Chariots of Fire is sentimental, captivating, and sincere. The plot centers around the life of an athlete, following your dreams, and an obsessive quest. It is a drama, period, and sports movie. In approach, Chariots of Fire is serious and realistic. The setting is Scotland, Paris, and England. It happens in the 1910s and in the 1920s. The musical score of Chariots of Fire is electronica. It is originally a true story. The movie is known for being a modern classic, an Oscar winner, and essential viewing.

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 th...
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e 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. (Ian Holm was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor in his role as Abrahams' coach), and this powerful film ended up with four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score.
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In the 1924 Paris Olympics, a Jew and a Scotsman run for Britain.

Het ware verhaal van twee Britse atleten die tegen elkaar strijden op de Olympische Spelen in 1924. De ene is een Schotse man die God aanbidt en de andere is een Joodse student die rent voor beroemdheid.

Critic Consensus :Decidedly slower and less limber than the Olympic runners at the center of its story, the film nevertheless manages to make effectively stirring use of its spiritual and patriotic themes.

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