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Chariots of Fire

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Brilliant true story of 1924 Olympic footrace.

Movie PG 1981 124 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 8 parent reviews

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.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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age 8+

Stand up for what you believe in

Great movie with strong moral spine
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (12 ):

This film is wonderfully evocative of the time and place, with superb performances. Chariots of Fire shows us the source of the runners' determination: for one, a need to prove his worth to himself and the society that discriminates against him; for the other, a way of connecting to God. The film deservedly won the Oscars for best picture, screenplay, costume design, and music.

Both men must take a stand in order to realize their athletic dreams. Abrahams deals with prejudices against his religion, while Liddell confronts the conflict between the dictates of his religion and the requirements of the sport (including the entreaties of the heir to the throne) when he is asked to compete on the Sabbath.

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