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Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture! The inspiring true story of British athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics. Ben Cross and Ian Charleson head a sterling cast of newcomers and veterans. The story, told in flashback, of two young British sprinters competing for fame in the 1924 Olympics. Eric, a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God. Harold, the son of a newly rich Jew runs to prove his place in Cambridge society.


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

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Competition and Character July 13 2004
Chariots of Fire is an outstanding epic based on the lives of two men (among others), Eric Liddel and Harold Abrahams. Eric Liddel, a Scotsman and a missionary believes he can succeed as a testament to his undying faith. Harold Abrahams, a Jew wishes to succeed to prove that Jews are no inferior to others in post WWI England. This movie is one of refinement, ambition, commitment and integrity. In that era, there are tempers when the Masters of Cambridge do not take lightly to Harold being trained by a professional as they pride in the amateur aspect of the sport and the esprit de corps. His interaction with his girl friend when he loses a race is a special point. She says, "He won fair and square. There is nothing you can do about it." Then he retorts, "I do not run to compete, I run to win, if I cannot win, I should not run." She replies, "If you do not run, you cannot win." It ends with her frustration and saying, "Grow up". 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 and sacrifice is the most admirable feat that one can achieve.
I am glad that I have a wide screen edition of this DVD, however this is a region 3 and cannot play in a regular DVD player, as they play only the region 1 version. It is similar to the version released in UK. Even this version does not have a good audio and video transfer. There are dots in the video and the audio should be better considering the outstanding score by Vangelis. The widescreen edition is farbetter than the one released in US though. I am sad that they are not releasing this one here. I got this one in US through another website, thanks to my enhanced DVD player. So, I would give 5 stars for the movie and 4 stars for the transfer (I am being very generous here).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good drama and sports movie - possible? YES! July 7 2004
By Maggie
Format:VHS Tape
It being my father's favourite film, I decided to give it a go. Although at first I thought it to be a quaint little story about British Olympic glory in 1924, after watching it the first time (and many times since) and listening to the superb musical score, I realised it is much more. One of those rare films, with superb acting and a believable and intelligent storyline and screenplay, that has an intangable extra. That extra drives you to view the movie again - and again and again, tirelessly -- only to discover new dimensions to characters, new meanings to the seemingly simple storyline, and of course a little bit about fascinating British history. (Not to mention movie making and acting -- real acting, an alternative to Hollywood -- and a very refreshing one! The characters are well developed -- the movie is only slow moving if you value slap-dash, one dimensional, superficial development. I thought the movie was well-paced and believable. There's a quality to it rarely seen in the mainstream Hollywood movie, and that's precisely what made it special. The cinematography is still breathtaking, the beach scene with complimentary soundtrack being one of those unforgettable moments in movie history. And quite frankly I *liked* the characters' plight, their passions, their individual means and ends, and how each tackles difficulties in his own way while at the same time acting in the name of British sportspersonship, national pride, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refined, inspiring, intelligent July 5 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Even though this has an air of Merchant-Ivory crossed with Masterpiece Theater, and no genuine movie stars (at least at the time, except Sir John Gielgud), the movie shines from beginning to end.
I saw this in the theater when it first came out and was very pleasantly surprised. It's a true story with a great message that still plays like Rocky with a brain -- exciting, funny, dramatic, well-acted, beautifully photographed. Unfortunately, not everyone will like it, though, because it brings back the days when drama meant dialogue, subtlety and intelligence, not explosions, predictable plots and computer-generated imagery. You have to watch and listen and have an appreciation of history. You can't watch this one and be distracted. Best to watch when you have time and can savor the moments, not when you have a room full of children, for instance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC June 30 2004
By G. A.
This movie ranks among my all-time favorites. Filled with the passion of sports and the feats of excellence of the Olympic Games, it remains at its core a story of integrity, loyalty, and idealism. (Forget about relating to this film if these qualities do not appeal to you at least somewhat.)
And the acting, the costumes, the sets and background scenes - every bit of it was elegant and satisfying.
I give Chariots of Fire five stars, wishing I could rate it much, much higher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I remembered July 11 2009
I remember I loved this movie when it first came out in the cinema. Revisiting it over 25 years later, I was a bit disappointed. It is a great movie - no question, but it left me a bit flat, and I found certain aspects of it rather cliched. Just seems a bit too jolly hockey sticks at times. The bonus disk is UTTERLY boring and really not worth watching, was hoping for more material on the actual Olympics themselves and the real life characters. Still the film itself is an important part of cinematic history and vital to any serious collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chariots Of Fire (blu-ray digibook): beautifully filmed, acted,...

Chariots Of Fire arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. A lot of this film was purposefully shot in diffuse light with soft focus, and that may... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dr. Joseph Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I love the packaging of this dvd. The book part was a very good touch and informative as well as the music disc. All the actors were superb and the bonus material was OK. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Joker
1.0 out of 5 stars Could barely sit through half of the film
I remembered when this came out in the theatres. I was still a child. Over thirty years later I borrowed it from the library. I couldn't finish watching it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sassy Lass
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC !
I had seen this extraordinary movie years ago when it first came out and remembered how great it was. I had just as much fun seeing it again although it is of another age. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lucie Hogue
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Eric Liddell
Good introduction to intrigue you about the ongoing story of Eric Liddell.
His joy is palpable. Recommend reading more about him.
Published 21 months ago by Maureen Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
An old, but good movie that was purchased for my mother-in-law who enjoys old movies with great stories to watch.
Published 21 months ago by Risé
5.0 out of 5 stars Chariots of fire video
It was very good to do business with you and the video is just super. It was well package and it came in on time. Thanks
Published on Sept. 8 2012 by Steven Menard
4.0 out of 5 stars British accent
Inspiring story of character, conviction and honour. The setting is British upper class school/society after the first world war (1924). Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2011 by Bruce Hildebrand
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very inspiring, too much religious talk, simply boring!
I was expecting a lot out of this movie based on reviews, I bought a bunch of movies for those long winter days on the trainer (indoor cycling). Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2008 by Remi Parent
5.0 out of 5 stars With hope in our hearts and wings in our heels!
The athletes of the British running team who went with hope in their hearts and wings in their heels in the VIII Olympiad in Paris in 1924 is the focus of this movie, but there's... Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Daniel J. Hamlow
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