YMMV / Chariots of Fire

  • Awesome Music: The score used a late 20th century electronic instrument and made it work in a film in the 1920s. To this day, the song can turn any emotional moment in slow motion into a much stronger moment.
  • Ear Worm: "Dunnnnn! Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch! Dun-dun-dun-da-dunnn-dunnn!"
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Nicholas Farrell as Aubrey Montague, Nigel Havers as Andrew Lindsay, Ian Charleson as Eric Liddell, Ian Holm as Sam Mussabini, Nigel Davenport os Birkenhead, Patrick Magee as Cadogan, Struan Rodger, Benny Young as Rob Liddell, Peter Cellier as Savoy, Patrick Doyle as Jimmie... Most of the cast really.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Stephen Fry was attending Cambridge during filming and appears as an extra; he goes into detail about it in The Fry Chronicles.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • When the welcome dinner for the new Cambridge students shows a plaque for all the students who died in World War I. The size of the plaque and the dean's words really strike that home.
    • Abrahams' funeral, especially when it's returned to at the end of the film.
    • The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue's reveal of Eric Liddell's eventual fate - he died in a prison camp in occupied China.
  • Values Dissonance: One of Aubrey's letters is him apologizing for athletics getting in the way of his shorthand.
  • The Woobie: Harold Abrahams.