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Chariots of Fire (UK, 1981)

Directed by Hugh Hudson. Cast: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Cheryl Campbell, Alice Krige, Nigel Davenport, John Gielgud, Ian Holm, Patrick Magee. Based on true events, tells the story of two English runners that were both driven by different means to win the Olympics. Eric, a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God. Harold the son of a newly rich Jew runs to defeat antisemitism and prove his place in Cambridge society. 124 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Academy Awards - Best Picture
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
Golden Globes, USA - Best Foreign Picture
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film

Reviews and articles:
Cashmore, Ellis. "Chariots of Fire: bigotry, manhood and moral certitude in an age of individualism." Sport in Society, Mar2008, Vol. 11 Issue 2/3, p159-173, 15p

Chapman, James. "The British Are Coming: Chariots of Fire (1981)." In: Past and present : national identity and the British historical film. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris; Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. (Full text available online UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N352 C43 2005

Miles, Margaret R. "Not with my other: representing Islam and Judaism in a dominantly Christian society : Chariots of fire." In: Seeing and believing : religion and values in the movies / Margaret R. Miles. Boston : Beacon Press, 1996. (Main Stack PN1995.9.R4.M56 1996)

Neale, Steve. "'Chariots of Fire', Images of Men." Screen; Sep/Oct82, Vol. 23 Issue 3/4, p47-53, 7p

Solomon, Martha. "Villainless Quest: Myth, Metaphor, and Dream in "Chariots Of Fire"" Communication Quarterly, Fall1983, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p274-281, 8p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only