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->''"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me'' fast. ''And when I run I feel His pleasure."''
-->-- '''Eric Liddell'''

''Chariots of Fire'' is based on the two RealLife athletes Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, who competed for Britain in the 1924 Olympics. The film does have a large dash of HollywoodHistory, but was still impressive enough to win the [[AcademyAward best picture Oscar]].

The film is largely notable today for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYJzcUvS_NU its score]] by Vangelis, who was famous for making incredible music with synthesizers, despite the hatred in the music industry for those devices.
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!!This film provides examples of:
* ArtisticLicense: Several scenes were altered from RealLife to help the drama.
** Abrahams finished last in the 200 meters after winning gold in the 100. This was changed to before in the movie to make that win more of a triumph.
** Eric knew for months a heat for the 100 meters was on a Sunday, and had long since arranged to run the 400 instead. This just wouldn't be that interesting to play out on film.
** Sam Mussabini was allowed to train several runners for the Olympics.
** Sybil was never the lead singer for an opera company. As a matter of fact she seems to have been confused with a different Sybil, who was.
* AssumedWin: Eric was used to always placing first in races. In one race, he started his victory pose, only to discover another racer got first place instead.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: A cricket match at the beginning was changed in the US release to a scene where Harold and Aubrey see some disfigured UsefulNotes/WorldWarI veterans at a train station, with an utterance of the word "Shit" .
* BadassPreacher: Eric
* TheBigRace
* BrilliantButLazy: Lindsay is implied to be this. He's a very talented athlete, but never shows the same kind of dedication and self-abandonment that Eric and Harold do.
* BritishStuffiness: With some of the old men of Cambridge.
* CoolVersusAwesome: Averted. Everything is seemingly set up to climax with Eric and Harold in the same race. But they never race each other.
* CreativeClosingCredits: The major players who were in the opening/closing running-on-the-beach sequence are credited on-screen during the closing version.
* DarkHorseVictory: Won the AcademyAward despite the fierce competition of ''{{Reds}}'' and ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
* {{Determinator}}:
** Harold: "I'll take them all on. One by one. And run them off their feet."
** Eric: "Don't you believe it--his head's not back yet."
* DeterminedExpression: Most of the runners look like this right before the starting pistol fires.
* HeroicResolve: Eric winning the race after being knocked down.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Eric. In his case it is better handled than many for he is also nice, friendly, and makes you think that GoodFeelsGood.
* {{Irony}}: The Prince who urged Eric to put country before God was Edward VIII who later flirted with fascism, and also disdained his royal duties at a time when British PatrioticFervor was really needed to fight UsefulNotes/NaziGermany.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Cribbed from Creator/WilliamBlake, who in turn cribbed it from [[Literature/BooksOfKings 2 Kings]].
* NotableOriginalMusic: And this is turned into a {{meme|ticMutation}}, thanks to its use when someone is running in ''slow-motion''.
* OhCrap: Lindsay has a flash of panic after his teammates wish him luck and leave him alone at the starting line, staring down the track he's about to run. It's replaced by a DeterminedExpression as he prepares to race.
* TheOner: When they first arrive at Cambridge, the Freshmen go to an event where societies have tables set up and solicit for new members. The camera cruises through and around a throng of students [[Creator/GilbertAndSullivan singing]] and chatting for well over a minute.
* OpposingSportsTeam: Averted. The American track team are reasonably decent people.
* ParodiesOfFire: The TropeMaker, obviously.
* PatrioticFervor: A notably amiable form in which everyone was greeting each other's flags, etc. and assuming themselves and everyone else was part of a {{True Companions}}hip of nations. Mostly TruthInTelevision since this was soon after UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne and more vitriolic forms of patriotic fervor were frowned upon.
* PeriodPiece
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Harold gives this to the Cambridge Masters.
* RedOniBlueOni: Eric is red, Harold blue.
* TheRoaringTwenties: Largely averted, even for a British film.
* RuleOfCool: Why is Lindsay training on hurdles with glasses brimming with ''champagne'' sitting atop each one?
* SeriousBusiness: For different reasons, running is a matter of life and death for the two leads. Lindsay, by contrast, takes it much less seriously.
* SpinningPaper: Surely one of the last films to play this trope dead straight.
* TakeAThirdOption: Running on Sunday or missing the race? Just run a different race.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Harold is the technician, Eric the performer.
* TrainingMontage: Showing both Abrahams and Liddell. Harold trains on the track in Cambridge and Eric runs in the highlands of Scotland.
* UnfortunateImplications: Subverted InUniverse twice. Aubrey and Sybil each accidentally seem to step on Abraham's toes about him being Jewish, but he laughs both times, knowing they mean no offense.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: A very simple version - the eventual fates of Eric and Harold are told via a text overlay during the final scene.
* WriterOnBoard: One of the producers was a socialist, and didn't like that a lord had completed the quad race at Cambridge, so he changed it to Abrahams. This understandably didn't sit well with David Burghley, the real life runner, so he didn't allow his name to be used in the film. The completely original character of Lord Lindsay was written instead.
* TheXOfY
* YeGoodeOldeDays : ''Lots'' of nostalgia. Practically fuels the show.
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