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Chariots of Fire


Roger Davidson

Chariots of Fire
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An unlikely hit film, that manages to draw you into the action of the story. It is an intimate portrait of two young runners, Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) and Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), who compete in the 1924 Olympics in Paris. The biography also looks at the sport of running in general and what the two young men must go through to reach their goals. Cross in particular has the hardest time. Rejected by many of his peers because of his Jewish faith, he is taught how to toughen himself up for the upcoming games by his determined Italian coach, Mussabini (Ian Holm).

A real crowd-pleaser, with impressive slow-motion photography, accomplished performances by all involved and the lovely, elegant score by Greek composer Vangelis. It is neither cloying in its dramatics, nor does it miss a single detail in its recreation of the 1924 Paris Olympics. This is an inspiring story, if ever there was such a thing, and will please everyone. Especially ones who are interested in running!

My Rating = Four Stars

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