Two men chasing dreams of glory! England's first athletes have begun their quest for glory in the 1924 Olympic games. Success brings honour to their nation. For two runners, the honour at stake is personal and their challenge one from within. Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Chariots of Fire is the inspiring true story of Harold Abrahams, Eric Liddell and the team that brought Britain one of its greatest sports victories. Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Nicholas Farrell and Alice Krige enjoy their first major movie roles in this debut theatrical feature for director Hugh Hudson. Producer David Puttnam blended these talents to shape a film of unique and lasting impact. From its awesome footage of competition to its Oscar winning Vangelis score, Chariots of Fire has blazed its way into the hearts of movie lovers everywhere.
Best Picture Oscar Winner 1981.
Best Picture BAFTA Winner 1981.
"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 synthesised 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