The movie is a well-made, interesting drama. Making a stand for your faith is always a great story. Eric Liddell was portrayed well as he made his stand for his faith, not running in the 1924 Olympics on a Sunday because it is a day of rest. However, the portrayal of Harold Abraham may or may not be quite so accurate as it relates to his faith - being Jewish - in a time and place of growing anti-Semitism and how he overcame the hostilities toward him. One could see a bit of dramatic license portraying both men a bit more good / not so good than either were in real life. However, as a theatrical presentation of actual events, the movie was well-made, the music was superb, and the outcome is a great few hours of entertainment. Lots of wonderful cinematography made for a compelling vista in what could have been hard to film locations. One of the first movies to use slow-motion action accurately as part of the telling of the story. Sit back, grab your popcorn & enjoy!
This is an excellent film about extraordinary people. Themes and elements abound of youth, struggle, humor, racism, and triumph. And each of these parts is portrayed in compelling cinematic ways. Presented in a time when slow-motion scenes were engaging and soundtracks could be long and flowing, this film inspired and even changed lives. And it will inspire, still. "When I run, I feel God's pleasure," observes Olympian and missionary Eric Liddell, one of the living champions characterized in the film. The stand he makes for the sake of faith, even over the pressure of sports' and national leaders, is astoundingly brave. The story of Harold Abraham's overcoming anti-Semitism and his own hubris in his pursuit of victory resonates, still. I can't comment to the remastered DVD, because I just ordered it. But if you want a story of real and really impressive, earnest, and stalwart persons, then experience CHARIOTS OF FIRE.