Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire

DVD - 2005
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Story of two English runners that were both driven by different means to win the Olympics. One used his faith in God, and the other his hatred of Anti-Semitism. Special Edition features include: additional scenes, interviews, featurettes, and more.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2005]
Edition: Widescreen (16x9) (1.851) two-disc special ed
ISBN: 9780790789118
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (124 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Call Number: DVD CHA


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Aug 19, 2019

I had not seen this film before, but given its reputation I was looking forward to seeing it... and I was quite disappointed. The best parts are the beginning and ending where men are running on the beach barefoot with that great music - an unforgettable melody. The runners end up winning the race they entered, but there is not much of a plot that is interesting, and not much character development either.

Aug 13, 2018

Its often parodied slow motion sequences aside, the emotional core of the film is the biographical portrait of two driven athletes who struggle to square their unique personalities with their raw talent. The movie's indeed both educational and entertaining, although what inspiration one will get out of it depends greatly on how much the viewer relates with the strongly religious tone. There's nothing in the way of objectionable material for younger audiences, but the dry presentation of the subject material will likely tune many of them out. For adults, though, it's a movie that's certainly worth picking up. As stated in the 'behind the scenes' documentary, something like half of the film's strength is in its impressive music, which holds up beautifully decades later.

Jun 21, 2018

Its a great movie if your not a kid, my siblings got very bored and did not like it, but I recommend it 4 anyone ages 14+.

Nov 05, 2017

Great movie and great soundtrak by Vangelis !!! `420

Jun 17, 2017

Glad to finally view this classic, which turned a spotlight on the under-publicized sport of track/running and the energies for winning--is it calculated science or heart-based faith? Or both? Starting its story arc in the post-WW I U.K., It's a rather old-fashioned look at the Cambridge/elite public schools of the U.K. and two runners for the college who, by virtue of culture/religion, don't quite fit in. One is a proud, deeply Christian Scot, the other a Jew who notices (and fights back against) the anti-Semitism still occurring. Filmed in the late 70s, don't expect whiz bang technology effects or a fast pace. Hilarious "interviews" with the Prince of Wales and the Christian runner; the prince drawls out his words in entitled ease and gets outwitted by one of his own class, and with the Masters of Cambridge, who attempt to stop the Jewish runner from using the non-sporting tactic of a professional coach.

Feb 05, 2017

I'm sorry, but I have to say I never really loved this movie. I might have been too young the first time I watched it, but I found it rather boring. Also, I could never tell whose story was being told. For the first half-hour, I thought someone else was Eric Liddell. It's not the story I dislike, simply the way it is presented. I would suggest reading a biography of Eric Liddell instead; there are some very good ones out there. On a side note, I still dislike the theme song, but that's unrelated to the movie itself. :)

Nov 21, 2016

This is a 1981 British docudrama directed by Hugh Hudson.
It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics---Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.
Since I'm NOT a religious person, it's kinda difficult to identify with Eric Liddell.
Harold Abrahams runs to overcome prejudice but, compared to "Race (made in 2016)", the impact of his cause is less than that of Jesse Owens, who won a record-breaking four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.

Oct 29, 2016

Not a Christian movie at all; a Jewish movie if any, but a beautiful portrayal of the drive and dedication of the supreme athletes who are finally just people, but in no way average.

Nov 21, 2015

Great Christian movie about a great Christian man who lived!

Aug 14, 2015

I saw the movie and, I had liked it this is based on a true story, this is not for children to watch

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Sam_I_Am Jun 17, 2011

"You came to see a race today. To see somebody win. It happened to be me. But I want you to do more than just watch a race. I want you to take part in it. I want to compare faith to running in a race. It's hard . . . . "

--Character of Eric Liddell, talking to crowd in the rain, an early scene from "Chariots of Fire"

Sam_I_Am Jun 17, 2011

"I've always believed--I've absolutely always believed --that we were vehicles for a film that Eric Liddell--or Someone connected with Eric Liddell--decided to have made. I will go to my grave believing that." --Producer David Puttman, from disc 2 of the 2-disc Special Edition set.

Sam_I_Am Jun 17, 2011

"The great thing about 'Chariots' was, we didn't ever dream it was going to be the success it was. That wasn't the purpose--to make an Oscar-winning film. The purpose of everybody in the film was to make it right, to make it true." - Screenwriter Colin Welland


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Sam_I_Am Jun 17, 2011

Winner of 4 Academy Awards (1981): Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Musical Score, Best Costume Design.

On one level, "Chariots of Fire" is the tale of the 1924 Olympics and the spirit that existed there, especially with regard to two runners: Harold Abrahams, a Jew, running to speak back to the predjudice he had endured, and Eric Liddell, a Christian, a Scottish missionary, who held true to his convictions, whether dealing with his worried sister, or with Britain's future king. Based on a true story. Cinematography that is artistic without being obvious, scored to perfection by Vangelis. Sir John Gielgud and Ian Holm in supporting roles. On a deeper level, "Chariots of Fire," is something to be lived.


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