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Story

The come-from-behind winner of the 1981 Oscar for best picture, Chariots of Fire either strikes you as either a cold exercise in mechanical manipulation or as a tale of true determination and inspiration. The heroes are an unlikely pair of young athletes who ran for Great Britain in the 1924 Paris Olympics: devout Protestant Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a divinity student whose running makes him feel closer to God, and Jewish Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), a highly competitive Cambridge student who has to surmount the institutional hurdles of class prejudice and anti-Semitism. There's delicious support from Ian Holm (as Abrahams's coach) and John Gielgud and Lindsay Anderson as a couple of Cambridge fogies. Vangelis's soaring synthesized score, which seemed to be everywhere in the early 1980s, also won an Oscar. Chariots of Fire was the debut film of British television commercial director Hugh Hudson (Greystoke) and was produced by David Puttnam. --Jim Emerson

DVD Features

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary by Director Hugh Hudson
  • Wings on their Heels: The Making of Chariots of Fire
  • Director Hugh Hudson, Producer Lord Puttnam and Actor Nigel Phelps relive the famous sprint around the quad
  • Ben Cross talks about running for the famous open shot
  • Additional Scenes: Cricket in the Ballroom, Harold Abrahams and Sam Mussabini Speak of Speeding up the Pace

Cast

Nicholas FarrellAubrey Montague
Nigel HaversLord Andrew Lindsay
Ian CharlesonEric Liddell
Ben CrossHarold Abrahams
Daniel GerrollHenry Stallard
Ian HolmSam Mussabini
John GielgudMaster of Trinity
Lindsay AndersonMaster of Caius
Nigel DavenportLord Birkenhead
Cheryl CampbellJennie Liddell
Alice KrigeSybil Gordon
Dennis ChristopherCharles Paddock
Brad DavisJackson Scholz
Patrick MageeLord Cadogan
Peter EganDuke of Sutherland
Struan RodgerSandy McGrath
Richard GriffithsHead Porter
Patrick DoyleJimmie
Ruby WaxBunty

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Hugh Hudson
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 123 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 9, 1981
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 1, 2005
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