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Chariots of Fire is a UK VHS release by 20th Century Fox on April 1982.


The most acclaimed British movie of recent years; the story of the rivalry between two British athletes as they prepare for and participate in the 1924 Olympic Games. Each man is spurred on by a personal social handicap. Harold Abrahams, an ambitious Jewish outsider, runs because of the racial prejudice he experiences at Cambridge University. Eric Liddell, the Edinburgh son of a Scots missionary in China, runs for the greater glory of God. The film charts their lives in the years immediately preceding their historic races in Paris. A superb film, enhanced considerably by the music of Vangelis. Ben Cross plays Abrahams, Ian Charleson is Liddell.


  • Ben Cross as Harold Abrahams, a Jewish student at Cambridge University
  • Ian Charleson as Eric Liddell, the son of Scottish missionaries to China
  • Nigel Havers as Lord Andrew Lindsay, a Cambridge student runner (partially based on David Burghley and Douglas Lowe)
  • Nicholas Farrell as Aubrey Montague, a runner and friend of Harold Abrahams
  • Ian Holm as Sam Mussabini, Abrahams' running coach
  • John Gielgud as Master of Trinity College at Cambridge University
  • Lindsay Anderson as Master of Caius College at Cambridge University
  • Cheryl Campbell as Jennie Liddell, Eric's devout sister
  • Alice Krige as Sybil Gordon, a D'Oyly Carte soprano and Abrahams' fiancée (his actual fiancée was Sybil Evers)
  • Struan Rodger as Sandy McGrath, Liddell's friend and running coach
  • Nigel Davenport as Lord Birkenhead, member of the British Olympic Committee, who counsels the athletes
  • Patrick Magee as Lord Cadogan, chairman of the British Olympics Committee, who is unsympathetic to Liddell's religious plight
  • David Yelland as the Prince of Wales, who tries to get Liddell to change his mind about running on Sunday
  • Peter Egan as the Duke of Sutherland, president of the British Olympic Committee, who is sympathetic to Liddell
  • Daniel Gerroll as Henry Stallard, a Cambridge student and runner
  • Brad Davis as Jackson Scholz, American Olympic runner
  • Dennis Christopher as Charley Paddock, American Olympic runner
  • Richard Griffiths as Mr. Rogers, Head Porter at Caius College