Chariots of FireDVD - 2005
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Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. 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.
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"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"
"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.
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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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