Sunday, February 17, 2008

Chariots of Fire

I finally saw Chariots of Fire for the first time since I was a kid (sometime around when it first came out in 1981 - I was 11 then!).

This highly-acclaimed and Academy Award winning film tells the story of athletes from Great Britain who ran in the 1924 Olympics in Paris.

Eric Liddell is a Scottish missionary who has a great talent for running and wants to give God glory in his competitions.

Harold Abrahams is a sophisticated and sometimes tempermental student at Cambridge with a drive to win.

The story is a great historical slice of life as well as a triumph of faith as Liddell refuses to go against his conscience by running an Olympic preliminary race on a Sunday - despite huge pressure from the Prince of Wales.

The musical undertones make the story particularly memorable.

The story is generally appropriate for all ages, but will probably be more appreciated by the 10 or 12 and up crowd.

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