Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire

Director Hugh Hudson

Production year 1981

Length 124min.

Country UK


In the class-obsessed and religiously divided United Kingdom 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 Sybil in his single-minded quest.


Hugh Hudson
Hugh Hudson



David Puttnam


Colin Welland

Director of Photography

David Watkin

Music by



Clive Winter


Terry Rawlings


Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Cherly Champobell,Alice Krige, Lindsay Anderson, Dennis Christopher, Nigel Davenport, Ian Holm.

Production company(ies)

Allied Stars Ltd, Goldcrest Films, Enigma Productions, The Ladd Company

Hugh Hudson

Anglo-Scottish film director-producer-writer, Hugh Hudson began his career as a filmmaker in documentaries, producing and directing many award winning films. Opera director in Germany 2016. His films include: Fangio (1975), Chariots of Fire (1981, 4 Oscars including Best Picture, BAFTA - Best Picture), Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984, 4 Oscar Nominations), Revolution (1985), Lost Angels (1989, nominated for Cannes Palme d’Or), My Life So Far (1999), I Dreamed of Africa (2000, Closing Film Cannes), Rupture (2011, 70 minute doc. for BBC4) Altamira (2016).


A... Is for Apple (1963, short), Design for Today (1965, doc.), The Tortoise and the Hare (1967, short), Irresistible (1971), 12 Squadron Buccaneers (1978, doc.), Fangio: Una vita a 300 all'ora (1980, doc) Chariots of Fire (1981), Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984), Revolution (1985), Lost Angels (1989), The King of Ads (1991, doc.), Lumière and Company (1995, segment), My Life So Far (1999), I Dreamed of Africa (2000), Rupture: A Matter of Life or Death (2011, doc.), Finding Altamira (2016).

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