I was very pleased to have read recently of the return to our UK cinema screens of the wonderful film …Chariots Of Fire. The original version has now been digitally remastered to enhance the quality, but the story itself remains unchanged and I have to say it still has to be one of the best ever made films.
The original film had a music only soundtrack, but more recently Russell Watson released the version with the lyrics. Well worth a listen. Race to the end, by Russell Watson.
I remember going to see this film when it first came to our cinema screens in 1981, this had to be one of the most momentous and inspiring films of all time. And how appropriate for it to be rereleased now to a new generation of cinema goers with the approaching Olympic Games.
The film deals with three main points……athletics, religion and class prejudice in 1919 and the early 1920’s. There are several prominent characters in this film, and some brilliant actors playing these parts, but the two main ones are Eric Liddle, who is a devout Scottish Christian and from a working class family, who becomes a missionary, and Harold Abrahams who is an English Jew from a privileged family and attends University. It tells of their parts in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.
This is a very thought-provoking film, and through out it highlights both of these mens dreams…….to become the best they can possibly be through running.
For those who have never seen this film, it is well worth a trip to the cinema, or buying the DVD. Its one of those memorable films, that you don’t mind watching over and again.
Only as high as I reach can I grow.
Only as far as I see can I go.
Only as deep as I look can I see.
Only as much as I dream can I be.
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