Chariots of Fire DVD
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Directed by Hugh Hudson
Produced in 1981
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
A nostalgic tribute to Cambridge University athletes Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, Chariots of Fire recounts the events of the 1924 Olympics. Abrahams (Ben Cross) is a Jew who experiences racial prejudice at Cambridge, while Liddell (Ian Charleson) is a Scot who runs for the glory of God. The two become rivals on the track, and both are chosen to represent Britain at the Paris Olympics. However, a problem arises when Lidell learns that he is expected to compete on the Sabbath - something that goes directly against his religious beliefs. Directed by Hugh hudson (Revolution), produced by David Puttnam, and with cinematography by David Watkins and a memorable, Oscar-winning score from Vangelis, the film won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Costume Design, and received a further three nominations.
Chariots of Fire was the film that prompted scriptwriter Colin Welland to acclaim at the awards that 'The British are Coming'. It proved something of a false dawn for Brit cinema in Hollywood, but nevertheless it remains an absorbing achievement.
Publisher: 20th Century Fox
Length: 118 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 widescreen
Cat No: 0111801000
Format: DVD Colour
Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish , Hard of Hearing - English