Chariots Of Fire
Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Nicholas Farrell, Ian Holm, Sir John Gielgud, Alice Krige
Directed by: Hugh Hudson
The plot: Harold Abrahams is accepted to Cambridge University where he becomes the first man to complete the infamous Trinity Great Court Run. Weathering antisemitism from the masters, Abrahams pursues his love of athletics, which is challenged by Scottish runner Eric Liddell, the son of missionaries, who races in the name of God. In their first head-to-head meeting, Liddell beats Abrahams, who subsequently accepts an offer from professional trainer Mussabini to refine his technique and gain up to half a second on his rivals.
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"No imbalance mars the pic, whose cross-the-board achievement lifts it to an impressive level of unified accomplishment."
"The cast give PBs, the filmmaking is immaculate and the emotional wallop undeniable. 2012 aside, Chariots is a film for the ages."
"Hugh Hudson's movie represents an era of stultifying middlebrow inoffensiveness that's as much a historical relic as the medals it lionises."