CHARIOTS OF FIRE
Review: This is a true story about two British track athletes named Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams. They both take part in the 1924 Paris Olympics but are very different from each other and believe in different things.
Director: Hugh Hudson
Actors: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers and Nicholas Farrell
Genre: Drama, Sport and History
One of the best British Films ever made. In 1982 at the Academy Awards this won 4 Oscars. They were for Best Picture, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Best Costume Design and Best Music,Original Score. At the Golden Globe Awards the same year it won Best Foreign Film. Also at the Baftas it won 3 awards and they were for Best Costume Design, Best Film and Best Supporting Artist. In 1981 at the Cannes Film Festival Ian Holm won an award for Best Supporting Actor. Hugh Hudson got a special prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention. Brilliantly directed and the music couldn’t have been any better. Using the Vangelis music was genius. Every time you hear the music it is recognizable. Ruby Wax, Stephen Fry and Kenneth Branagh are all in this film among the crowds. As this is a real life story I have looked up some information. They have actually missed out quite a bit of the story for instance Harold Abrahams had an older brother who used to take part in the Olympics years before called Sidney. This is one of Barry Norman’s Greatest British Films. Rowan Atkinson did a brilliant parody for the Opening Scene in the 2012 Olympics.