Chariots of Fire (1981) Poster


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Edited into 

Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Music from this movie is used.


The Mikado (1926) (Short)
Harold first sees Sybil in a production of this operetta.
The Mikado (1939)
Sybil takes part in a production of Three Little Maids
H.M.S. Pinafore (1939) (TV Movie)
Harold and his friends sing "For He Is an Englishman."
Brigadoon (1954)
Eric Liddell refers to "the heather on the hill" in his speech in the highlands of Scotland.

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Burt Reynolds/Richard Lewis (1982) (TV Episode)
Johnny mentions the movie's Oscar nominations
Saturday Night Live: Bruce Dern/Luther Vandross (1982) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Focus on Film
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Roger Moore/Maureen Stapleton (1982) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the monologue
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Robin Williams (1982) (TV Episode)
Reference in the upcoming movies segment to "Chariots of Fur"
The Last Horror Film (1982)
Poster visible and title on marquee at Cannes
The Missionary (1982)
The theme is heard when a group of people are running along the loch-side
Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Squeeze (1982) (TV Episode)
Theme music plays during Saturday Night Sports montage.
The Steam Video Company: The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll (1984) (TV Episode)
Referenced in "'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Garlic-Eater" promo
Riptide: Hatchet Job (1984) (TV Episode)
the Chariots of Fire theme is heard during Murray's attempt at running
Repo Man (1984)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Ricky Schroder/Lisa Eilbacher/Justin Wilson (1985) (TV Episode)
Reference in the segment on movies snubbed in the Oscar nominations
Last of the Summer Wine: The Woollenmills of Your Mind (1985) (TV Episode)
Theme music heard while Compo is training.
Fast Forward: Episode #3.1 (1987) (TV Episode)
Chariots of Fire theme is heard during animal spot.
Hooperman: Chariots of Fire (1988) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Home and Away: Episode #1.44 (1988) (TV Episode)
Tom mentions the movie while training on the beach with Steven
L.A. Law: Chariots of Meyer (1988) (TV Episode)
title reference
At the Movies: See You in the Morning/Disorganized Crime/Speed Zone/Checking Out/Little Vera (1989) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "See You in the Morning" review.
At the Movies: Lost Angels/The Return of Swamp Thing/Getting It Right/Listen to Me/La Letrice (1989) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Lost Angels" review.
Full House: Divorce Court (1989) (TV Episode)
The theme-song plays as the three friends race.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: John Candy & Maureen O'Hara/Shirley Horn/Jim Valvano (1991) (TV Episode)
Jim Valvano refers to the music during the slow-motion sequences
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1992) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Joel as the astronauts are seen running
Married... with Children: Go for the Old (1993) (TV Episode)
theme music is played during men's 1500 meter run and running is in slow motion
My Life (1993)
theme plays
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Explorers (1995) (TV Episode)
Julian and Miles sing the William Blake song Chariots of Fire which was popularized by use in the movie title.
The Newsroom: Meltdown: Part 1 (1997) (TV Episode)
The editor wants to use the theme from the movie for a news piece.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Parts: The Clonus Horror (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow (as a character runs): "Chariots of Puss"
Day of Discovery: Eric Liddell: Olympic Champion - Man of Courage (1999) (TV Episode)
Mentioned several times.
Monarch of the Glen: Episode #1.2 (2000) (TV Episode)
"You look like an extra from Chariots of Fire."
The Directors: The Films of Terry Gilliam (2000) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in film.
HBO First Look: I Dreamed of Africa: On Location (2000) (TV Episode)
mentioned once
EastEnders: Episode dated 16 January 2001 (2001) (TV Episode)
Dot says she will rent a nice movie which herself, Nick and Ashley can all watch together. Later on in the day Dot enthusiastically says, "Look what I've got! Chariots of Fire." Nick is unimpressed.
Chilly Dogs (2001)
Sonny (2002)
Even Stevens: Snow Job (2002) (TV Episode)
During a couple of Ren's pole-vaulting scenes, the music playing is a variation on the theme from the movie Chariots of Fire (1981).
Old School (2003)
L'escala de diamants (2003) (TV Movie)
Home Game (2004) (Short)
theme music is played when Stian is running in slow motion
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) (TV Special)
Referenced by name
Madagascar (2005)
Running on the beach with "Chariots of Fire" playing.
The Ringer (2005)
The theme from "Chariots of Fire" is played.
Witness to 'Reds' (2006) (Video)
Mentioned once.
Getaway: A Day in the Life of Europe (2006) (TV Episode)
In a story on St. Andrews, Scotland, Erik mentions the beach that was featured in one of this movie's memorable scenes.
The Holiday (2006)
Miles picks up the DVD and performs the theme at Blockbuster
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
"Titles (Theme from Chariots of Fire" played during end credits
Ugly Betty: Don't Ask, Don't Tell (2007) (TV Episode)
Slow-motion race between Daniel and Alexis, accompanied by the theme from Chariots of Fire.
George of the Jungle: George Skips Breakfast/Muscle Mania (2007) (TV Episode)
George runs in slow-motion while music similar to the "Chariots" theme plays.
View from the Overlook: Crafting 'The Shining' (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
The Visions of Stanley Kubrick (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001 (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
The Office: Local Ad (2007) (TV Episode)
Main theme used in Michael's ad
20 to 1: Fantastic Sporting Finishes (2007) (TV Episode)
The theme music from this movie is played in a segment on Robert Cheriot's slip at the finish of the 2006 Chicago Marathon.
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner (2007) (Video)
Mentioned once.
My Name Is Earl: Early Release (2007) (TV Episode)
Randy: "Hey, are you all here to watch me and Earl do one of those super slow running hugs like they did in that movie Cherries of Fire? I've been pratcicing", followed by Randy running in slow motion to the music from Chariots of Fire.
The Eric Liddell Story (2007) (Video)
The film is mentioned by the narrator, and a movie poster is seen.
The Fairly OddParents: Mission: Responsible/Hairicane (2008) (TV Episode)
The music when characters move in slow motion is a reference to this film and its slow motion sequences.
The Footy Show: Episode #16.5 (2009) (TV Episode)
The theme from this movie is played in a segment of viewer captions for a photo.
Revolution: Revisiting Revolution - A Conversation with Al Pacino and Hugh Hudson (2009) (Video)
The director's other film is mentioned.
Old Dogs (2009)
The theme from Chariots of Fire played.
Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)
"Birdemic" contains a variation of "Chariots of Fire" main theme.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 3 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $25,000 question
Gareth Malone's Extraordinary School for Boys: Episode #1.2 (2010) (TV Episode)
The movie's theme song is played during a running race.
Peep Show: Seasonal Beatings (2010) (TV Episode)
During the game of Charades, Mark's dad does this.
Parks and Recreation: Go Big or Go Home (2011) (TV Episode)
The "Chariots of Fire" theme plays as Leslie makes her pitch to Chris and Ben.
Unlawful Killing (2011)
The narrator, Keith Allen, says that Dodi Fayed "first showed his cinematic talent in 1981 as executive producer of the Oscar-winning film, Chariots of Fire".
Ever to Excel (2012)
Recreation of the famous beach scene (including the Vangelis score) which was filmed in St Andrews.
Suits: Discovery (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Louis
The Footy Show: Episode #19.20 (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the commentator when he talks about Sam Newman in The Footy Show Games segment.
The Nostalgia Chick: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2013) (TV Episode)
The theme plays during a battle scene
The Cinema Snob: Friday the 13th Part 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
"This was no Chariots of Fire."
The Cinema Snob: Fatal Games (2014) (TV Episode)
"This movie is just like Chariots of Fire. Both of them have...uh...running, I guess."
Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch: Chariots of Fear (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jason Segel/Steve Harvey/Alicia Keys (2014) (TV Episode)
Jimmy presents the theme music as recorded by a "gulp symphony"
Shaun the Sheep: Bitzer's Secret (2014) (TV Episode)
Theme music is heard when Bitzer and the farmer are running.
The Oscars (2015) (TV Special)
Theme song played during closing credits
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Winds of Change (2015) (TV Episode)
main theme is heard
Community: Advanced Safety Features (2015) (TV Episode)
Britta and Rick discuss the movie.
500 Questions: Episode #1.1 (2015) (TV Episode)
correct answer in "'80s Films" category
500 Questions: Episode #1.3 (2015) (TV Episode)
correct answer in "Sports Movies" category
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #6.25 (2015) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question
Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.11 (2015) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Pop Culture Cross-Dressing" category
Eddie the Eagle (2015)
Music often mimics famous Vangelis' Olympic Theme (80's synthesizer sound, repeated note, etc).
The Goldbergs: Lainey Loves Lionel (2016) (TV Episode)
Appears in the movie listings in Adam's newspaper.
Paris or the Bush (2016)
This film is referred to.
Paris or the Bush: The Story of the Cods (2016)
This film is referred to.
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.81 (2016) (TV Episode)
After Chariot is revealed as the correct answer to a question about the vehicle depicted by the seventh trump card of standard Tarot decks asked when Tony and the Chaser go head to head, Andrew O'Keefe says of Tony, "This chariot's on fire."
Let the Games Begin: Soaring with Eddie the Eagle (2016) (Video)
This film is referred to.
Eddie the Eagle: All or Nothing: The Hero's Heart (2016) (Video)
This film is referred to.
Documentary Now!: Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid, Part 2 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as Best Picture winner in 1982
Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #3.7 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Great Scot!" category
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Reptilicus (2017) (TV Episode)
Jonah and the bots hum the theme.
Dunkirk (2017)
Acknowledged by Christopher Nolan as a key influence.
The Question Jury: Episode #2.18 (2017) (TV Episode)
Question subject.
Loose Women: Episode #21.244 (2017) (TV Episode)
Andrea McLean mentions the film
Saturday Night Live: Saoirse Ronan/U2 (2017) (TV Episode)
Referenced during Eighties Running movie sketch.
Waiting for Ishtar (2017)
It's mentioned and an image is shown.
Bad Reputation (2018)
Theme song listed on Billboard Hot 100.
American Crime Story: Creator/Destroyer (2018) (TV Episode)
Poster in Andrew's bedroom
Sink or Swim (2018)
The movie's inspirational theme music is played during the team's first public performance.
Superstore: Shadowing Glenn (2018) (TV Episode)
Amy says Glenn was playing the soundtrack to this movie very loud
Back in Time for School: The 1980s (2019) (TV Episode)
The theme music is played during the cross-country run.

Featured in 

The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1982) (TV Special)
The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982) (TV Special)
Sneak Previews: The Best of 1981 (1982) (TV Episode)
Clip shown
The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986) (TV Special)
Words (1987) (Short)
Clips shown
Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (Video)
Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) (TV Movie)
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV Special)
The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV Special)
I Love the 80's 3-D: 1981 (2005) (TV Episode)
It's discussed in the 1981 episode.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006) (TV Movie)
Chariots of Fire is #100.
20 to 1: Magnificent Movies (2006) (TV Episode)
Some clips from this movie are shown when it is the subject of a segment.
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Featured in Best Picture montage.
20 to 1: Greatest Sporting Anthems (2010) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on its main theme.
20 to 1: Greatest Sports Movies of All Time (2010) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment.
The Cinema Snob: Goldengirl (2012) (TV Episode)
Theme music plays during the Snob's run during the title sequence.
Sound of Cinema: The Music That Made the Movies: New Frontiers (2013) (TV Episode)
clips shown and title/theme music discussed
WatchMojo: Top 10 Iconic Instrumental Film Scores (2013) (TV Episode)
The score for Chariots of Fire gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Dramatic Slow Motion Scenes (2014) (TV Episode)
Running on the Beach is #1.
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
Seen in 90 Years of Oscars montage

Spoofed in 

Hysterical (1983)
running on the beach scene
Mr. Mom (1983)
The race is in slow motion; in addition, a "Chariots of Fire" knockoff soundtrack is heard
Cherry Ettes for Hire (1984) (Video)
The title is a spoof on this classic film.
Magnum, P.I.: Find Me a Rainbow (1986) (TV Episode)
The music as Magnum tries to catch a ball and lands in a flower bed, is parodying the theme music by Vangelis from the film.
Spitting Image: Episode #4.4 (1986) (TV Episode)
"Chariots of Herrings" is a parody of the film.
Alvin & the Chipmunks: Dreamlighting (1988) (TV Episode)
Music score spoofed.
Saved by the Bell: Zack's War (1990) (TV Episode)
At the end of the obstacle course, Screech and Butch run in slow-motion through the tires while a send-up of the "Chariots of Fire" theme plays.
Bobby's World: Chariots of Bobby (1991) (TV Episode)
Episode title
The Simpsons: Lisa's First Word (1992) (TV Episode)
The music in the Itchy and Scratchy cartoon is a parody of music in this film.
Baywatch: The Red Knights (1994) (TV Episode)
The flashback of the lifeguard's running on the beach is like the famous opening of Chariots of Fire.
ReBoot: Enzo the Smart (1994) (TV Episode)
Music during the characters' slow-motion athletic failures is reminiscent of the Chariots of Fire theme
Chariots of Fur (1994) (Short)
The Nanny: Lamb Chop's on the Menu (1995) (TV Episode)
There is a sequence involving Fran and C.C. racing in slow motion to the movie's theme music.
Good Burger (1997)
Theme music heard as Ed & Dex run up to Shaq in slow motion
Stiff Upper Lips (1998)
Opening race
Will & Grace: Alley Cats (1999) (TV Episode)
The final sequence of events at the end is a parody of the film Chariots of Fire.
Hooves of Fire (1999) (TV Short)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Theme plays while The Grinch competes in a sack race
Boat Trip (2002)
slo-mo running scene with similar music
Old School (2003)
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Theme used for the "cheesy inspirational music."
Scrubs: My Bright Idea (2006) (TV Episode)
Music when the Janitor races
The Crazy Cartoon III: The Quest for the Thing That Does Some Stuff (2006) (Video)
The running scene in the hallway
Two and a Half Men: Release the Dogs (2006) (TV Episode)
Alan is imitating slow-motion running on the beach, like in the opening scene of that film, and is singing the score from that scene.
Neues vom Wixxer (2007)
Slow motion running scene.
Are We Done Yet? (2007)
"Chariots of Fire" plays as Chuck prepares and begins to powerwalk
The Footy Show: The Grand Final Footy Show 2007 (2007) (TV Episode)
The cast send up the scene of the athletes running along the beach in the opening skit.
Zaag (2008) (Video)
there's a running scene with the vangelis song from that movie
The Middle: Average Rules (2010) (TV Episode)
theme plays as Sue hobbles across the finish line on crutches
2011: ¡¿Estamos contentos?! (2010) (TV Movie)
"Cargos de fuego" sketch (Judges have a race and Vangelis' score plays during it)
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil: Gym Dandy/Detained (2011) (TV Episode)
The running in slow-motion scene with piano music is spoofed with Kick on the 400 meter dash.
London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isles of Wonder (2012) (TV Special)
Comedy spoof of the beach run scene, with Rowan Atkinson
The Badly Animated Adventures of Spider-Man (2013) (Video)
When Spider-Man punches Deadpool during the office scene, Deadpool flies through the air in slow motion while the theme of Chariots of Fire plays, as that movie featured lots of slow motion.
Family Guy: He's Bla-ack! (2014) (TV Episode)
Theme heard during one-legged race
Teen Titans Go!: Kicking a Ball and Pretending to Be Hurt (2015) (TV Episode)
Soundalike theme music plays as the Titans enjoy "futbol."
Vacation (2015)
Theme featured when the Griswolds get to Wally World, as in the original Vacation.
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Part 2 (2015) (TV Episode)
Theme music humorously featured over "Phantom Menace" footage of a battle droid running.
Milo Murphy's Law: World Without Milo/The Race (2017) (TV Episode)
When Milo crosses the finish line in "The Race," the music is a parody of the "Chariots of Fire" theme.

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