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      Chariots of Fire

      PG Released Sep 26, 1981 2 hr. 3 min. Drama List
      83% 115 Reviews Tomatometer 80% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score In the class-obsessed and religiously divided United Kingdom of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God's glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart Sybil (Alice Krige) in his single-minded quest. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 19 Buy Now

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      Decidedly slower and less limber than the Olympic runners at the center of its story, Chariots of Fire nevertheless makes effectively stirring use of its spiritual and patriotic themes.

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      Caroline C My favorite of all time, this movie portrays the true stories of Abrahams and Liddle before they became, respectively, chairman of Britain's Amateur Athletic Association and missionary to China. Both lived heroically. While Vangelis's title theme has been parodied countless times, that stirring music fits perfectly and seriously the runners of Chariots of Fire. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/05/23 Full Review Gareth v A fantastic and inspiring sporting biopic that is brilliantly acted and has a score from Vangelis that remains one of the finest in cinematic history. One of the best sports movies made. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/20/23 Full Review Connor S The most perfectly crafted simple movie of all time. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/29/23 Full Review John A A bit too slow-moving for it's own good but this early 80's British film still gracefully strolls through the finish line. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/20/23 Full Review David F While it's a somewhat meandering movie that foregrounds character over and above plot and also delivers an excellent period atmosphere of 1920s England and Scotland with Cambridge and Gilbert and Sullivan featured heavily, this film is a wonderful evocation of runners who trained and competed in the Olympics in France and their interesting paths to athletic success. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/03/23 Full Review rex w One of my favorites. I loved it 40 years ago, I still love it. A superbly directed movie. Not a spot out of place. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker The picture is a piece of technological lyricism held together by the glue of simpleminded heroic sentiment; basically, its appeal is in watching a couple of guys win their races. Jul 18, 2022 Full Review David Denby New York Magazine/Vulture A handsome, well-acted, frequently charming film that would not be out of place on Masterpiece Theater. In other words, it is precisely what art-house audiences want at the moment -- a cautious, "distinguished," slightly boring good movie. Jul 18, 2022 Full Review Jack Kroll Newsweek Directing his first feature, Hugh Hudson has come up with a rare film that will surprise you with its beauty and magnificence of spirit. Jul 18, 2022 Full Review Mark Johnson Awards Daily The opening scene, thanks in large part to Vangelis’ immortal score, is cinematic beauty in the highest form. Jun 27, 2023 Full Review Edward Porter Sunday Times (UK) It is a film that understands the sweetness of victory... Feb 27, 2023 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation Seen today, with all its striking, dated synthesizer music and stuffily-tolerated British classism, it’s still glorious, the sort of dreamy memory that provokes Pavlovian tears in a film fan Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 9, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In the class-obsessed and religiously divided United Kingdom of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God's glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart Sybil (Alice Krige) in his single-minded quest.
      Director
      Hugh Hudson
      Executive Producer
      Dodi Fayed, Jake Eberts
      Screenwriter
      Colin Welland
      Distributor
      Warner Home Vídeo, 20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers, Allied Stars
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 26, 1981, Original
      Rerelease Date (Theaters)
      Aug 1, 2016
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 1, 2010
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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