London, 10 July 2012
Nigel Havers played an aristocratic athlete in this 1981 film, which won four Academy Awards. At the re-release in Leicester Square, he tells reporter Charlotte Silver how, even years later, he can appreciate how athletes feel (namely terrified) as they run in front of 80,000 screaming fans.
Presented by: Charlotte Silver
Camera/Post: Elizabeth Maddison
Director: Hugh Hudson
UK 2012 Re-Release Date: 13 July 2012
Plot: Based on a true story, Chariots of Fire is about two young British athletes who competed in the 1924 Summer Olympics. The two runners – Harold Abrahams, a Jewish Cambridge student facing anti-semitism, and Eric Liddel, a devout Christian educated by missionaries in China, compete for completely different reasons. But both men have the same goal in mind: Olympic gold.