Chariots of Fire ()

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Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

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Aubrey Montague
Lord Andrew Lindsay
Eric Liddell
Harold Abrahams
Henry Stallard
Sam Mussabini
Master of Trinity (as Sir John Gielgud)
Master of Caius
Lord Birkenhead
Jennie Liddell
Sybil Gordon
Charles Paddock
Jackson Scholz
Lord Cadogan
Duke of Sutherland
Sandy McGrath
David Yelland ...
Prince of Wales
Yves Beneyton ...
George Andre
Jeremy Sinden ...
President-Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Gordon Hammersley ...
President-Cambridge Athletic Club
Andrew Hawkins ...
Secretary-Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Head Porter-Caius College
John Young ...
Reverend. J.D. Liddell
Benny Young ...
Rob Liddell
Yvonne Gilan ...
Mrs Liddell
Jack Smethurst ...
Sleeping Car Attendant
Gerry Slevin ...
Colonel John Keddie
Peter Cellier ...
Head Waiter-Savoy
Stephen Mallatratt ...
Colin Bruce ...
Alan Polonsky ...
Edward Wiley ...
American Coach
Ralph Lawton ...
Harbour Master
John Rutland ...
Caius Porter
Alan Dudley ...
Caius Manservant
Tommy Boyle ...
Kim Clifford ...
Sybil's Maid
Wallace Campbell ...
Highland Provost
Jimmie (as Pat Doyle)
Ernest Liddell
Tess Dignan ...
Schoolgirl (as Teresa Dignan)
Michael Jeyes ...
David Kivlin ...
First Scots Boy
Eddie Hughson ...
Second Scots Boy
Gayle Garyson
Sue Sammon
Linda Wallis
Rosy Clayton
Linda Boyland
Doreen Sloane
Paul Howard
Alan Lorimer
Steve Ambrose
James Usher
Garth Jones
Leonard Mullen
Graham Brooke
Paul Mahoney
Phil Tait
Dave Turner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Beaumont ...
Round Headed Child (uncredited)
Cambridge Student - Society Day crowd (uncredited)
Lorraine Daniels ...
Pitti-Sing in 'The Mikado' (uncredited)
Mark English ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Singer in 'H.M.S. Pinafore' (uncredited)
Stephen Marzella ...
Undergraduate (uncredited)
Roberta Morrell ...
Peep-Bo in 'The Mikado' (uncredited)
Robin Pappas ...
Clare (uncredited)
Derek Pringle ...
Captain of Cambridge Athletic Team (uncredited)
Ted Robbins ...
Shot-Putter (uncredited)
Race Spectator (uncredited)
Lord Lindsay's Butler (uncredited)

Directed by

Hugh Hudson

Written by

Colin Welland ... (original screenplay)

Produced by

James Crawford ... associate producer
Dodi Fayed ... executive producer
David Puttnam ... producer
Jake Eberts ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Vangelis ... (as Vangelis Papathanassiou)

Cinematography by

David Watkin ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Terry Rawlings

Editorial Department

Les Healey ... first assistant editor
Ros Siely ... second assistant editor

Casting By

Esta Charkham

Art Direction by

Jonathan Amberston
Len Huntingford
Anna Ridley
Andrew Sanders

Costume Design by

Milena Canonero

Makeup Department

Kenteas Brine ... makeup artist
Maureen Hannaford-Naisbitt ... hairdresser
Kate Healy ... hairdresser
Mary Hillman ... makeup supervisor
Joan Hills ... hairdressing supervisor
Hilary Steinberg ... makeup artist

Production Management

Joyce Herlihy ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jonathan Benson ... assistant director
Matthew Binns ... second assistant director
Terence Fitch ... third assistant director
Melvin Lind ... second assistant director
Hugh O'Donnell ... third assistant director
Bill Rudgard ... third assistant director
Jeremy Coote ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Diane Bates ... assistant art director
Don Bradburn ... standby props
Paul Bradburn ... standby props
Roy Evans ... construction manager
Bryony Foster ... set dresser
John Gorham ... graphics
Roger Hall ... supervising art director
John Kelly ... graphics
Katie Kilroy ... production buyer (as Kate Kilroy)
John Leuenberger ... property master
Diana Morris ... set dresser
John New ... standby carpenter
John O'Driscoll ... graphics
Les Phipps ... standby rigger
Douglas Regan ... standby painter (as Doug Regan)
Tony Turner ... standby stagehand
Gari Bacon ... props (uncredited)
Chris Seddon ... drapes master (uncredited)

Sound Department

Rowland Fowles ... sound assistant
Pat Gilbert ... assistant sound editor
Dushko Indjic ... sound assistant
Ray Merrin ... assistant dubbing mixer
Bill Rowe ... dubbing mixer
Jim Shields ... sound editor
Clive Winter ... sound mixer
Malcolm Davies ... production sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Rowland Fowles ... boom operator (uncredited)
Philip Rogers ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Ray Caple ... matte artist

Camera and Electrical Department

Graham Attwood ... unit stillsman
Michael Connor ... focus (as Mike Connor)
Denis Fraser ... grip (as Dennis Fraser)
Derek Gattrell ... electrician (as Derek Gatrell)
Alan Grayley ... electrician
Alan Grosch ... electrician
Dewi Humphreys ... camera operator
Brian Kemp ... electrician
Eddie Knight ... electrician
Billy Merrell ... electrician (as Bill Merrill)
Ray Potter ... chief electrician
Peter Robinson ... loader
Brian Ellis ... focus puller: "b" camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

Dorothy Andrew ... crowd casting
Simone Reynolds ... additional casting
Beth Charkham ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Tony Allen ... tailor
Nadia Arthur ... wardrobe mistress
John Brady ... wardrobe assistant
Marina Drecker ... wardrobe assistant
Louise Frogley ... assistant costume designer
David Garrett ... dressmaker
Gill John ... wardrobe assistant
Imogen Magnus ... wardrobe assistant
David Murphy ... wardrobe supervisor
Terry Smith ... wardrobe master
Claire Sorrell ... costume assistant
Vivian Tozer ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

Simon Bosanquet ... location manager
Richard Burgess ... location research
Caroline Langley ... location manager (as Caroline Neame)
Arnold Schulkes ... location research
Iain Smith ... location manager

Music Department

Harry Rabinowitz ... music coordinator
Vangelis ... original music arranger (as Vangelis Papathanassiou) / performer: original music (as Vangelis Papathanassiou)
John McCarthy ... vocal director (uncredited)

Other crew

Dave Allen ... masseur
Des Bradley ... film school attachment
Jane Buck ... continuity
Alison Campbell ... production assistant
Ana Cardosa ... film school attachment
Hazel Crombie ... assistant production accountant
Robin Demetriou ... cast and crew chef
Jane Golding ... publicity assistant
John Gorham ... title design
Scott Hamilton ... unit publicist
John Hemmings ... liaison: Kay Laboratories, London
Roger Hucharde ... research
Joe Hyams ... studio publicity executive (uncredited)
John Kelly ... title design
Tom McNab ... athletic consultant
John O'Driscoll ... title design
Elizabeth Bain Orr ... production assistant
Maggie Phelan ... assistant accountant
Ron Phipps ... production accountant
Jennie Raglan ... production secretary
Paul Schoolman ... film school attachment
Claudine Sellars ... production assistant
Lynda Smith ... production assistant
Jacqueline Tager ... film school attachment (as Jacqui Tager)
Ann Tasker ... unit publicist
Lora Marie Taylor ... payroll accountant


Timothy Burrill ... the producer and director wish to specifically acknowledge the help of
Bernard Coote ... the producer and director wish to specifically acknowledge the help of
Tim Hampton ... the producer and director wish to specifically acknowledge the help of
Jennie Liddell ... we would like to acknowledge the technical help and advice given to the production by
Sanford Lieberson ... the producer and director wish to specifically acknowledge the help of (as Sandy Lieberson)
Jackson Scholz ... we would like to acknowledge the technical help and advice given to the production by

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Plot Summary

It's the post-WWI era. Britons Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell are both naturally gifted fast sprinters, but approach running and how it fits into their respective lives differently. The son of a Lithuanian-Jew, Harold, who lives a somewhat privileged life as a student at Cambridge, uses being the fastest to overcome what he sees as the obstacles he faces in life as a Jew despite that privilege. In his words to paraphrase an old adage, he is often invited to the trough, but isn't allowed to drink. His running prowess does earn him the respect of his classmates, especially his running teammates, and to some extent the school administration, if only he maintains what they consider proper gentlemanly decorum, which isn't always the case in their minds. Born in China the son of Christian missionaries, Eric, a Scot, is a devout member of the Church of Scotland who eventually wants to return to that missionary work. He sees running as a win-win in that the notoriety of being fast gives him an added outlet to spread the word of God, while he sees his speed as being a gift from God, and he wants to run to honor God and that gift. This view does not sit well with his sister, Jennie Liddell, who sees his running as only taking away time from his work to God. Harold and Eric's lives do intersect in national races, but it is the 100 meter track event at the 1924 Paris Olympics which the two men and their supporters most anticipate. Beyond the fact that Americans Charles Paddock and Jackson Scholz are favored in the event, the much anticipated head to head between Harold and Eric may be further shadowed by other issues, especially as it affects Eric's Christian beliefs. Written by Huggo

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Taglines 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. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Les chariots de feu (France)
  • Die Stunde des Siegers (Germany)
  • Carros de fuego (Spain)
  • Carrozas de fuego (Peru)
  • Les chariots de feu (Canada, French title)
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  • 125 min
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Budget $5,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Having completed his first draft, Screenwriter Colin Welland was unable to conceive a title for the film beyond the somewhat uninteresting "Runners". The inspiration came one Sunday evening when Welland turned on the television to the BBC's religious music series Songs of Praise (1961), featuring the stirring hymn "Jerusalem" (written by William Blake, and set to music by C.H.H. Parry), its chorus including the words "Bring me my chariot of fire". The writer leapt up to his feet and shouted to his wife Patricia, "I've got it, Pat! 'Chariots of Fire'!" See more »
Goofs In 1924, the future Edward VIII/Duke of Windsor was Prince of Wales. At the meeting between "the committee" and Eric Liddell, Lord Birkenhead calls him "David". Some have assumed that this is a goof because he is played by David Yelland, but in fact the prince was known to his friends and family as David, and it is coincidence that an actor with the same name plays him. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks He is an Englishman See more »
Quotes Eric Liddell: I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.
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