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Chariots of Fire (1981)



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Raiders of the Lost Ark deserved the Best Picture Oscar that Chariots of Fire won, but the Academy chose the more prestigious film. They could have done worse. Chariots of Fire is an elegant character piece, if a little slow moving and heavy handed, about two runners -- one a Scottish Christian, the other an English Jew -- who gear up for and compete in the 1924 Olympics. Their faith is what defines and drives them. The film has a certain class and grace that makes it unique.