VIDEO: CLASSIC OLYMPICS INSPIRED OSCAR WINNER CHARIOTS OF FIRE SET FOR RE-RELEASE

Boasting seven Oscar nominations and four wins, Chariots of Fire is the standard bearer for Sport films.

8 years ago

By Teg

Originally released in 1981, Chariots of Fire is being re-released as part of the London 2012 Festival with the British Premiere for the film taking place simultaneously in London’s Leicester Square, at Edinburgh’s iconic Festival Theatre, and at selected locations across the country.

Chariots of Fire tells the story of two very different men who compete as runners in the 1924 Paris Olympics:

Eric Liddell is a devout Christian who believes that his athletic abilities are a gift from God, and that using that gift to its fullest extent – to win the gold medal – will be his way of repaying that gift.

Harold Abrahams is an English Jew, a student at Cambridge, who dreams of fame and of proving to his anti-Semitic fellow students, and to the world, that Jews are in no respect inferior.

Their motives are noble. Their commitment is total. Their integrity is unquestionable. They will both make personal sacrifices to achieve their goals. In the process, through all the obstacles and personal issues they conquer, they prove that striving for victory in their own terms is, perhaps, its own reward.