Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire (1981)

This is the story of two men who run, not to run, but to prove something to the world. They will sacrifice anything to achieve their goals... except their honor.

  • Genre: Drama, History
  • Release Date: 1981-05-15
  • User Rating: 6.8/10 from 768 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 4min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: The Ladd Company
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Director: Hugh Hudson
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From 768 Ratings


In the class-obsessed and religiously divided UK of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell, a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God's glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart in his single-minded quest.

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  • Ben Cross

    as Harold Abrahams
  • Ian Charleson

    as Eric Liddell
  • Cheryl Campbell

    as Jennie Liddell
  • Alice Krige

    as Sybil Gordon
  • Nigel Havers

    as Lord Andrew Lindsay
  • Ian Holm

    as Sam Mussabini
  • Nicholas Farrell

    as Aubrey Montague
  • Daniel Gerroll

    as Henry Stallard
  • John Gielgud

    as Master of Trinity
  • Lindsay Anderson

    as Master of Caius
  • Nigel Davenport

    as Lord Birkenhead
  • Dennis Christopher

    as Charles Paddock
  • Brad Davis

    as Jackson Scholz
  • Patrick Magee

    as Lord Cadogan
  • Peter Egan

    as Duke of Sutherland
  • Struan Rodger

    as Sandy McGrath
  • David Yelland

    as Prince of Wales
  • Richard Griffiths

    as Head Port-Caius College
  • Patrick Doyle

    as Jimmie
  • John Young

    as Rev. J.D. Liddell
  • Yvonne Gilan

    as Mrs Liddell
  • David John

    as Ernest Liddell
  • Benny Young

    as Rob Liddell
  • Yves Beneyton

    as George Andre
  • Stephen Mallatratt

    as Watson
  • Gerry Slevin

    as Colonel John Keddie
  • Colin Bruce

    as Taylor
  • Alan Polonsky

    as Paxton
  • Edward Wiley

    as Fitch
  • Jeremy Sinden

    as President - Gilbert and Sullivan Society
  • Andrew Hawkins

    as Secretary - Gilbert and Sullivan Society
  • Jack Smethurst

    as Sleeping Car Attendant
  • Peter Cellier

    as Head Waiter - The Savoy
  • Philip O'Brien

    as US Coach
  • Ruby Wax

    as Bunty
  • Ralph Lawton

    as Harbour Master
  • Kim Clifford

    as Sybil's Maid
  • John Rutland

    as Caius Porter
  • Peter Jones

  • Michael Lonsdale

    as Garth Jones (scenes deleted)
  • Ted Robbins

    as Shot Putter (uncredited)
  • Kenneth Branagh

    as Cambridge Student at Society Day (uncredited)
  • Stephen Fry

    as Cambridge Student at Society Day (uncredited)
Sound Vangelis Original Music Composer
Production Jake Eberts Executive Producer
Editing Terry Rawlings Editor
Costume & Make-Up Milena Canonero Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Kenteas Brine Makeup Artist
Camera David Watkin Director of Photography
Costume & Make-Up Mary Hillman Makeup Department Head
Directing Jonathan Benson Assistant Director
Production David Puttnam Producer
Production Joyce Herlihy Production Manager
Production Dodi Fayed Executive Producer
Writing Colin Welland Screenplay
Writing Colin Welland Novel
Directing Hugh Hudson Director
Production James Crawford Producer
Art Andrew Sanders Art Direction
Art Len Huntingford Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Joan Hills Hair Department Head
Production Esta Charkham Casting
Art Jonathan Amberston Art Direction
Art Anna Ridley Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Maureen Hannaford-Naisbitt Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Kate Healy Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Hilary Steinberg Makeup Artist