Chariots of Fire

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Brilliant true story of 1924 Olympic footrace.

PG 1981 124 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 13 reviews

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age 8+

Running, Faith, and Courage

This is a great movie using the story of the British Mens Olympic Team to highlight and contrast the experiences of two men: one is a Jew who feels the outsider status implied in every snide remark or limp handshake. The other is a Scottish missionary who has to balance his fervor for sharing God's word and his desire to run. The cast is rounded out by aristocracy and upper class British values. The nudity is a man's backside in the shower during a panning shot in a locker room. I read that the producers put this in to make sure the movie didn't receive a G rating back in the 80s--which would have doomed it from serious artistic/Academy consideration.

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age 8+

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Great movie with strong moral spine
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