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Chariots of Fire
- Michael Whitty
A story of 4 British runners with the coming of the Paris Olympics in 1924 and mostly focusing on the two that won Gold medals this was "Chariots of Fire" that won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1981. One of them was a Christian missionary, Eric Liddell, who would refuse to race on Sunday. The other was a Jewish law student at Cambridge, Harold Abrahams, who started by winning a special race at the university and then later hired a professional coach though many objected. He would go on to win the 100 meter race in Paris and marry his girl who he saw in a play. Liddell, who opted out of his race, was given another chance by another runner to run in the 400 meter race and won "for the glory of God". A tasteful and exciting film that shows what sports competition does for one's life "Chariots of Fire" was a surprising winner on Oscar night beating out "Reds" and "On Golden Pond".
chariots of fire
- kevin sellers
I certainly agree that this very well made, tasteful, literate Masterpiece Theatre episode (with admittedly Masterpiece music) should not have won best picture over actual movies like "Reds" or "Atlantic City." If it had come out this year, now that the academy has loosened up and become somewhat younger and more hip, it would definitely have lost out to "Birdman." Give it a B.
Chariots of Fire on TCM Missing Scenes
- De Guarnery
Last night we watched TCM all evening to include Chariots of Fire. Now it had been a long time since seeing this film, which is beautifully scored, shot and acted, but clearly there were some scenes missing. Most importantly when Liddell is called before the Olympic board and Duke of Wales about his non-participation in the heats on a Sunday. During that scene Linsday, who already had won a silver in the hurdles offered Liddell his spot in the 400. This entire scene was missing to include a lovely sermon from Liddell later that day. I don't want to purchase the film from TCM because I don't know if this is the full version of the film.
One of the Most Thrilling Movies Ever Made.
The beach run scene sums up what Chariots of Fire is all about: the passion of running.
stupid is as stupid does.
- mark hasslinger
i hate this movie. the music is so schmaltzy it's ridiculous. change that and it might move up out of the gutter towards mediocrity.
- Victor Gelsi
I saw it in the movies,and was bored to death by this film.Politics made this a winner.
tha year of living pretentiously
- don letta
How this bit of pretentiousness ever made it to the competition, much less, win is certainly a topic for debate. Winning over Reds and ET, even the presenter (Loretta Young) was visibly shocked.Belongs right up there with The Greatest Show on Earth and Around the World in 80 Days for handing out awards for reasons other than excellence.
Chariots of Fire
A stage for friendly competition. Cross & Charleson are two different runners striving for victory at the 1924 Olmypics, Holm was nominated for an Oscar as Cross' trainer. Won four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original screenplay, Best Costume design and for Vangelis' iconic score. A triumphant and empowering film. I give it a 4.5/5.
Chariots of Fire - A truly superb film
What a simply beautiful movie. It has the grace, charm, and elegance that you rarely see in film. I love watching the dichotomy of the two main characters and what their passion reveals in reaching the 1924 Olympics. The final race sequence is especially moving. For me it is the best film ever made in the latter 20th century - I can watch this one over, and over again.
- william gauslow
Never in the history of mankind has so much Herringbone tweed been on display. The casting call for men actors for this movie must have required distinguished noses. The British can grow them better than any other. This also brings an heightened sense of pretensiousness.
- Leo Gonzalez
This is a great movie, worthy of having won best picture. Acting is superb and the score is fantastic.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
- Jay Higgins
This is certainly one of the blandest of the best picture winners. It's a good story with fine acting, good production values, subtly directed. But it just isn't best picture material. The period detail and flavor is commendable.
In the new 2-disc DVD, there is outfootage of an actress who plays the girlfriend of Eric Liddell. Does any one know her name? I don't think she is listed in the credits.