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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 scenes are, it's really the depth of the two main characters that touches the viewer, as they forcefully drive home the theme that victory attained through devotion, commitment, integrity, and sacrifice is the most admirable feat that one can achieve. (Ian Holm was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor in his role as Abrahams' coach), and this powerful film ended up with four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:July 13, 2012

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Milena Canonero Best Costume Design 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Milena Canonero Best Costume Design 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Terry Rawlings Best Editing 1981 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle David Watkin Best Cinematography 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Puttnam Best Picture 1981 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Hugh Hudson Best Picture 1981 Winner
Directors Guild of America Hugh Hudson Best Director 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hugh Hudson Best Director 1981 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ian Holm Best Supporting Actor 1981 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Ian Holm Best Supporting Actor 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ian Holm Best Supporting Actor 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vangelis Best Score 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Colin Welland Best Original Screenplay 1981 Winner

Cast

Ben Cross
as Harold Abrahams
Ian Charleson
as Eric Liddell
Nigel Havers
as Lord Andrew Lindsay
Nicholas Farrell
as Aubrey Montague
Ian Holm
as Sam
Daniel Gerroll
as Henry Stallard
John Gielgud
as Master of Trinity
Alice Krige
as Sybil Gordon
Lindsay Anderson
as Master of Caius
Struan Rodger
as Sandy
Patrick Magee
as Lord Cadogan
Dennis Christopher
as Charles Paddock
Brad Davis
as Jackson Scholz
Robin Pappas
as Clare
Ruby Wax
as Bunty
David Yelland
as Prince of Wales
Peter Egan
as Duke of Sutherland
Carole Ashby
Colin Bruce
as Taylor
Peter Cellier
as Savoy Head Waiter
Rosy Clayton
as Linda Wallis
Kim Clifford
as Sybil's Maid
Richard Griffiths
as Head Porter, Caius College
Andrew Hawkins
as Secretary, Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Michel Lonsdale
Alan Polonsky
as Paxton
Jack Smethurst
as Sleeping Car Attendant
James Usher
as Steven Ambrose
Ed Wiley
as Fitch
Yves Beneyton
as George Andre
Nigel Davenport
as Lord Birkenhead
Yvonne Gilan
as Mrs. Liddell
Gordon Hammersley
as President, Cambridge Athletic Club
Jeremy Sinden
as President, Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Benny Young
as Rob Liddell
John Young
as Rev J.D. Liddell
Philip O'Brien
as American Coach
Jeremy Sinden
as President, Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Richard Griffiths
as Head Porter, Caius College
Benny Young
as Rob Liddell
Colin Bruce
as Taylor
Nigel Davenport
as Lord Birkenhead
Kim Clifford
as Sybil's Maid
Alan Polonsky
as Paxton
Gordon Hammersley
as President, Cambridge Athletic Club
Ed Wiley
as Fitch
John Young
as Rev J.D. Liddell
Rosy Clayton
as Linda Wallis
Jack Smethurst
as Sleeping Car Attendant
Andrew Hawkins
as Secretary, Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Peter Cellier
as Savoy Head Waiter
Yvonne Gilan
as Mrs. Liddell
James Usher
as Steven Ambrose
Yves Beneyton
as George Andre

Crew

Hugh Hudson
Director
David Puttnam
Producer
Colin Welland
Screenwriter
David Watkin
Cinematographer
Vangelis
Composer (Music Score)
Terry Rawlings
Editor
Dodi Fayed
Executive Producer
Louise Frogley
Costume Designer
Milena Canonero
Costume Designer
Clive Winter
Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Binns
First Assistant Director
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