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Chariots of Fire is an inspirational fact-based 1981 British film. It tells the true story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.

The film, which was written by Colin Welland and directed by Hugh Hudson, was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture. It is ranked 19th in the British Film Institute's list of Top 100 British films.

The film's title is a reference to the line, "Bring me my chariot of fire," from the William Blake poem adapted into the hymn Jerusalem; the hymn is heard at the end of the film.


The famous beach scenes associated with the theme tune were filmed at West Sands, St. Andrews. A plaque commemorating the filming can be found there today. The very last scene of the opening titles crosses the 1st and 18th holes at St. Andrews Golf Course.

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