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Chariots of Fire: Special Edition (DVD)

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    Director Hugh Hudson's absorbing drama, based on a true story, deals with the personal struggles faced by two very different long-distance runners competing for Britain in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) is a devout Christian......more

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Director Hugh Hudson's absorbing drama, based on a true story, deals with the personal struggles faced by two very different long-distance runners competing for Britain in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) is a devout Christian who sees victory as a testament to the glory of God, while the other, Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), is a Jewish Cambridge student who sees victory as a challenge to anti-Semitism and his ongoing struggle for acceptance by Britain's elite. Eric, a hometown Scottish hero to the people, gives rousing sermons after victory and works at a local missionary. Harold runs with a zealous commitment, upsetting Cambridge's educational upper crust (played with enjoyable wit and candor by Sir John Gielgud and Lindsay Anderson) while enjoying social life with his university chums and his beautiful showgirl girlfriend (Alice Krige). But when faced with such a competent challenger, Harold hires trainer Sam Mussabini (Ian Holm) to further his dreams of winning the gold. Ultimately, the two runners meet in Paris to run for British victory in a rousing finale. Featuring an unforgettable soundtrack by Vangelis, this Academy Award-winning film is an inspirational story of athletic excellence and spiritual awakening that captures the zeal of post-WWI Britain and the glory of the Olympics.

Actor(s): Ian Holm, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Ben Cross, Cheryl Campbell
Director(s): Hugh Hudson
Studio: Warner Brothers
Format: DVD Special Edition
Genre: Drama
Rating: Parental Guidance
UPC: 085393190828
Dimensions: 0.75 x 5.5 x 7.5 in
Weight: 0.36 lbs
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    Tells the story of British runners in the 1924 Olympics, but centers on Harold Abrams (100 meters) and missionary to China Eric Liddell (400). Liddell refused to compete on Sunday as a matter of religious principle, causing the story to gain international interest. The matching of the soundtrack by Vangelis to the movies action, especially the running events, makes a great story into something far more. Anyone with an interest in the conflict between personal Christian conviction and the secular world will find this entertaining and inspirational.

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