in about 100 words or less
UK 123m, Colour
Director: Hugh Hudson; Cast: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Cheryl Campbell, Alice Krige
Chariots of Fire is a beautifully filmed movie which chronicles the lives of two British athletes whose cultural backgrounds provide them with very different but equally compelling motivations to compete at the 1924 Paris Olympics. The cinematography, and particularly the slow-motion close-up photography of the runners is captivating as it captures the physicality of the race and the emotions of their pursuits. Equally compelling is the electronic musical score composed by Vangelis, while having no historical basis – manages to create a nostalgia that captures the spirit of the film, the patriotism of the era, and the spectacle of the Olympic games (Klaus Ming February 2010).