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579 Ratings

Chariots of Fire

Directed by Hugh Hudson
United Kingdom, 1981
Sport, Drama


The story of two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian who compete in the 1924 Olympics.

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Chariots of Fire Directed by Hugh Hudson

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1981 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor

1981 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Academy Awards

1982 | 4 wins including: Best Picture

1982 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Toronto International Film Festival

1981 | Winner: People's Choice Award

National Board of Review

1981 | 2 wins including: Best Film

What are people saying?

  • Phil Worfel's rating of the film Chariots of Fire

    One of the rare positive and compelling portrayals of idealistic Christianity in cinema and a knockout at every turn. The performances are flawless, the story is engaging and exalting, the characters are admirable and true. Will remain in my top 10 if not my top 5 for all time. "God made me for a purpose. For China. But he also made me fast. And when I run I feel his pleasure."

  • WhatsUpWill's rating of the film Chariots of Fire

    A number of good scenes are strung together by a paper thin, boring plot. The conflict is barely there. The score by Vangelis lives up to the hype though. Even if it's kind of shallow, I still got swept up in the emotion of the film by its end. Not a bad film, but not a great one either.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Chariots of Fire

    Thoroughly decent on all levels, which although not quite damnation by faint praise, points to its rather hidebound middlebrow sensibilities and timorously safe approach to notions of competition, nationhood and duty. Nevertheless a well modulated square meal of a film, despite the often incongruous score.

  • lou.'s rating of the film Chariots of Fire

    Can't really say: there are a lot of interesting elements - as the whole atmosphere, the costumes, the rightfully well-known soundtrack - but those all are not strictly related to the story, which seems to me too much elliptical and in some passages kind of dismissing.

  • DenoResandono's rating of the film Chariots of Fire

    I still had no idea why this movie won a Best Picture in Oscar. I didn't say that CHARIOTS OF FIRE is a bad movie. But it isn't great either. I must say that CHARIOTS OF FIRE has a good premise. Unfortunately, I didn't feel any emotions in this movie. CHARIOTS OF FIRE just went - flat. It didn't feel engaging for a movie like this. Three stars for its storyline. One more star for Vangelis' iconic, yet engaging score.

  • suede's rating of the film Chariots of Fire

    7/10. Grows strong in the last 45 min., after they've reached the Paris Olympics. Not too thrilling before that, but then the film is more about placing multiple characters in a lavish "heritage" setting. Highlights include: cricket sweaters, 1920s ladies' wear, English three-piece wool suits, a breathtaking Alice Krige, the stadium. The dated synth score is sometimes gruelling. The religiosity isn't simply affirmed.

  • Pablo Ramos's rating of the film Chariots of Fire

    Its strong performances and famous score aren't nearly enough to compensate for the soporific, self-righteous and preachy message, nor for the surprisingly meager character development; inexcusable given the film's tremendously slow pace and its nature as a historical drama, and especially egregious considering its unabashed moralizing intent.

  • SpacePirate's rating of the film Chariots of Fire

    Solid film. Was it worthy of Best Picture? Well, the 80s arent really my decade so I am not sure. I will say that it was a great period piece and held my interest in the characters from beginning to end. Nice synth score, but plot was pretty thin. I mean, it's based on a true story, you would think they could've fleshed out the characters more. Still a nice film, and def worth a view if, like me, you have put it off

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