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Chariots of Fire (PG)

Chariots of Fire (PG)

Drama, History, Sport

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

The critical consensus

Hugh Hudson’s movie will represent an era of stultifying middlebrow inoffensiveness that’s as much a historical relic as the medals it lionises.

**(*)(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 02/07/2012

Enhanced considerably by Vangelis’s stirring score - has a film ever owed so much to its music? - the picture also works as a poignant paen to youthful hopes and the passing of time.

*****Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 11/07/2012

A rippingly good yarn, and now looking and sounding (Vangelis's score) better than ever.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 12/07/2012

A bold, intelligent, romantic film with all the lineaments of a classic, and a score by Vangelis as instantly hummable as the music for Jaws.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 12/07/2012

Chariots of Fire was a false dawn. The Brits weren't coming, they were just passing. But it was fun while it lasted.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 13/07/2012

Still stirring stuff.

****(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 13/07/2012

An odd, malformed antique that still manages to retain a certain surface-level charm.

***(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 12/07/2012

Even after 31 years, Chariots of Fire doesn’t simply impress; it inspires.

*****Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 12/07/2012

Features about Chariots of Fire (PG)

How we made: Hugh Hudson and Nicholas Farrell on Chariots of Fire

Jack Watkins, The Guardian, 09/07/2012

Going the extra mile: The re-release of Chariots of Fire

The Scotsman, 10/07/2012

Chariots of Fire re-release in time for London 2012 Olympics

The Independent, 11/07/2012

Still running the race

Alison Rowat, The Herald, 12/07/2012

'Chariots of Fire' lets Brits relive Olympic ideal

Jill Lawless, The Independent, 13/07/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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