Chariots of Fire

Lists: Best Picture nominee 1980 to 1989, Best Picture Winners from the 1980s, Film Quest 2018, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time

Brief Synopsis: "Based on the true story of British athletes preparing for and competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture."

Overall Ranking: 1713 (Rank from 1981: # 8)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 66.67%
Half-Popped 33.33%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Lisa Marie Bowman75 - The film may not be great but it's still effective.
(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest67 - Decent story but the pacing was sluggish, ironic because the film was about Olympic runners. There really wasn't much in the way of tension or drama, and although they could have juxtaposed the main characters, they didn't make much of an attempt. I will be interested to watch the other films nominated that year to see how this could have won.
David Baruffi61

People Involved

  • Ben Cross (Harold Abrahams)
  • Ian Charleson (Eric Liddell)
  • Cheryl Campbell (Jennie Liddell)
  • Alice Krige (Sybil Gordon)
  • Nigel Havers (Lord Andrew Lindsay)
  • Ian Holm (Sam Mussabini)
  • Nicholas Farrell (Aubrey Montague)
  • Nigel Havers (Lord Andrew Lindsay)
  • Daniel Gerroll (Henry Stallard)
  • John Gielgud (Master of Trinity (as Sir John Gielgud))
  • Lindsay Anderson (Master of Caius)
  • Nigel Davenport (Lord Birkenhead)
  • Dennis Christopher (Charles Paddock)
  • Brad Davis (Jackson Scholz)
  • Patrick Magee (Lord Cadogan)
  • Peter Egan (Duke of Sutherland)
  • Struan Rodger (Sandy McGrath)
  • Michael Lonsdale (Garth Jones)
  • Hugh Hudson (Director)

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