Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire

  • 1981
  • PG
  • 123 min
  • UK
  • biography, drama, sport

The true story of British athletes preparing for and competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson

Writer: Colin Welland

Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Cheryl Campbell, Alice Krige, Nigel Havers

Won 1982 BAFTA Award for Best Film

Decidedly slower and less limber than the Olympic runners at the center of its story, the film nevertheless manages to make effectively stirring use of its spiritual and patriotic themes.

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  • Hugh Hudson
    Hugh Hudson
    Hugh Hudson (born 25 August 1936) is an English film director. His best-known international success is the 1981 multiple Academy Award-winning film, Chariots of Fire. Description above from the Wikipedia article Hugh Hudson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Main Cast


  • Joseph Walsh (CineVue)

    The appeal will always be there for people to revisit Hudson's award-winner in a year of both the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, despite perhaps being remembered a little too fondly.

  • Kathleen Carroll (New York Daily News)

    A movie that, with the help of Vangelis Papathanassiou's wonderfully stirring music, lifts the spirits to a new high.

  • Bruce McCabe (Boston Globe)

    It reminds us of the affirmative aspects of life, of the hope that endures in it as well as the cynicism.


Tagline: Two men chasing dreams of glory!

Certificate: PG

Genres: biography, drama, sport

Categories: olympic games, athlete, jew, missionary, underdog, race, track and field, 1920s, running, hurdles, presbyterian, church of england, cambridge england, year 1924, college


Producer: David Puttnam, James Crawford

Editor: Terry Rawlings

Casting: Esta Charkham

Director of photography: David Watkin

Original music composer: Vangelis

Costume design: Milena Canonero

Executive producer: Dodi Fayed, Jake Eberts

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 123 min

Country: UK

Language: English, French

Sound Mix: Dolby Stereo

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Color: Color