Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire (1981)

Based on a true story, Chariots of Fire is the internationally acclaimed Oscar-winning drama of two very different men who compete as runners in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a serious Christian Scotsman, believes… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Decidedly slower and less limber than the Olympic runners at the center of its story, the film nevertheless manages to make effectively stirring use of its spiritual and patriotic themes.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Although it is extremely well made, I frankly don't understand what the shouting is about. Good, yes; great, no.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The battered Britons may have some excuse for enjoying this nostalgic re-creation of empire ideology, but what's ours?

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Alan Frank
Daily Star

This 31-year-old Oscar winning true-life drama climaxing at the 1924 games proved a winner all the way. And it still is.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Like every element in this picture, the actors look right; they seem to emerge from the past, instead of being pasted on to it, as so many characters in historical movies seem to be.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Really this is an overblown piece of self-congratulatory emotional manipulation perfectly suited for Thatcherite liberals.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Vigorous but rather scattered.

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Jack Pitman

No imbalance mars the pic, whose cross-the-board achievement lifts it to an impressive level of unified accomplishment.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is strange. I have no interest in running and am not a partisan in the British class system. Then why should I have been so deeply moved by Chariots of Fire?

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Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

Chariots is a film for the ages.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Bathsheba Monk
Okay, so I'm superficial, but the CLOTHES in this movie are breathtaking! As are all the vehicles--cars with wood paneling, sleeper cars in trains with… More
Apeneck Fletcher
The will to win is the theme here, determination, and what a job winning actually is. Ian Holm's Oscar for Best Supporting Actor seems well deserved, but… More
Daniel Mumby
The UK re-release of Chariots of Fire to coincide with the London Olympics gives us a golden opportunity to re-examine the film which revitalised the British… More
Jameson Worley
Very good film! A very solid sports films that compares to some of the best of its genre. This Oscar winner for Best Picture is a movie that is often regarded… More
Chris Weber
This is an elegantly low-key fact-based period drama centered around two runners competing for Great Britain during the 1924 Olympics in Paris, One of them,… More
Alex roy
I bought a three pack of drama movies at Walmart, one was Amadeus. The other Once Upon A Time In America, and the other, Chariots Of Fire. I thought the movie… More

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