Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders

Chariots of Fire

Hugh Hudson - 1981

Chariots of Fire

Hugh Hudson's Oscar winning feature film about athlete Eric Liddell starring Ben Cross, Ian Charleston and Nicholas Farrell.

The story, told in flashback, of two young British sprinters competing for fame in the 1924 Olympics. Eric, a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God. Harold, the son of a newly rich Jew runs to prove his place in Cambridge society. In a warmup 100 meter race, Eric defeats Harold, who hires a pro trainer to prepare him. Eric, whose qualifying heat is scheduled for a Sunday, refuses to run despite pressure from the Olympic committee. A compromise is reached when a nobleman allows Eric to compete in his 400 meter slot. Eric and Harold win their respective races and go on to achieve fame as missionary and businessman/athletic advocate, respectively.

The Scotland-Ireland athletics were in Inverleith; Liddell races to a meeting in the Assembly Hall; there's a walk in Holyrood Park and a dinner in the Cafe Royal and the church of Scotland in Paris was the Broughton McDonald Church, Broughton Pl.