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Chariots Of Fire
Runtime: 124 minutes
Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleston, Nicholas Farrell, Ian Holm, SIr John Gielgud, Alice Krige
Director: Hugh Hudson
Sex: Romantic kisses-2
Language: "Bloody"-6; H-2; D-1; "If they don't like it they can go to H"; "Frogs" referring to the French-2
Violence: Injuries to runners; a few light slaps.
Drugs: Social and celebratory drinking and smoking.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless men prepping for a race.
Other: Respect for God and the Sabbath; scripture quoted often; sermons in churches in Scotland and France.
Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.
This is based on a true story of Eric Liddell, a Scottish Christian and son of a Missionary to China, and Harold Abraham, an English Jewish student at Cambridge University who both competed in the Paris Olympics in 1924.
Abraham was so fearful of being beaten by Liddell, he hired a professional track coach which almost got him disqualified. Liddell ran at the insistence of his father who told him that by winning he would give glory to God, since his Christian faith was well-known.
The Olympic committee announced that the track trials for Eric's race would be held on Sunday. He refused to run on the Sabbath. His refusal made it almost impossible for him to qualify. However, when it's God's Will, He will find a way.
The exciting conclusion will have you on the edge of your seat, as you discover how things worked out for all concerned.
We are pleased to award this classic film a Dove "Faith-Friendly" Seal for ages 12 and above.
Dove Family Approved: Recommended For Ages FF12+
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