Chariots of Fire
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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 that he has to succeed as a testament to his undying religious faith. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), is a Jewish Englishman who wants desperately to be accepted and prove to the world that Jews are not inferior. The film crosscuts between each man's life as he trains for the competition, fueled by these very different desires. As compelling as the racing… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

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"Although it is extremely well made, I frankly don't understand what the shouting is about. Good, yes; great, no."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"The battered Britons may have some excuse for enjoying this nostalgic re-creation of empire ideology, but what's ours?"
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This 31-year-old Oscar winning true-life drama climaxing at the 1924 games proved a winner all the way. And it still is."
‑ Alan Frank, Daily Star
"Sir John Gielgud and Patrick Magee head up -- but don't show up -- director Hugh Hudson's excellent cast of mostly unknown British actors. The cinematography, too, is splendid."
‑ , People Magazine
"It's an uncomfortable reminder of how the memory can cheat and the Academy Awards can favor nostalgic sentimentalism over strong storytelling."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"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."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Really this is an overblown piece of self-congratulatory emotional manipulation perfectly suited for Thatcherite liberals."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Vigorous but rather scattered."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Granted, this is a British film and so you expect a restrained, understated reaction from the runners, but it's this decided lack of fun that makes the movie drag so much."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Is it possible to run in slow motion and not hear Vangelis? This is the signature of all great films, a classic scene forever imprinted in your imagination."
‑ Brian Henry Martin, UTV
"No imbalance mars the pic, whose cross-the-board achievement lifts it to an impressive level of unified accomplishment."
‑ Jack Pitman, Variety
"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?"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Chariots is a film for the ages."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"What fails as drama are the races themselves, shot front-on so that we don't know who's winning until the tape is breasted, but Hugh Hudson's decision to use slow motion and David Watkin's beautiful lighting lend them a proper heroic burnish."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"As world events have proved time and again, this is a timeless story, rooted in an era long before anyone had thought of Spandex or terrorist attacks."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
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