Chariots of Fire Soundtrack (

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Tags: paris 1924 summer olympics, olympic games
Alternate Names:
Title in Español:

Carros de fuego

Title in Italiano:

Momenti di gloria


Chariots of Fire

During the post-World War I era, Britons Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell are both naturally gifted fast sprinters, but approach running and how it fits into their respective lives differently. Harold, the son of a Lithuanian Jew, lives a somewhat-privileged life as a student at Cambridge and uses being the fastest to overcome what he sees as the obstacles he faces in life a Jew despite that privilege. In his words to paraphrase an old adage, he is often invited to the trough, but isn't allowed to drink. His running prowess does earn him the respect of his classmates, especially his running teammates, and to some extent the school administration, if only he maintains what they consider proper gentlemanly decorum, which isn't always the case in their minds.

Eric Liddell, a Scot born to Christian missionaries in China, is a devout member of the Church of Scotland who hopes to eventually return to that missionary work. He sees running as a win-win: the notoriety of being fast gives him an added outlet to spread the word of God, while he sees his speed as being a gift from God, and he wants to run to honor God and that gift. This view does not sit well with his sister Jennie, who sees his running as only taking away time from his work to God.

Harold and Eric's lives intersect in national races, but it is the 100-meter track event at the 1924 Paris Olympics which the two men and their supporters most anticipate. Beyond the fact that Americans Charles Paddock and Jackson Scholz are favored in the event, the much-anticipated head-to-head between Harold and Eric could be further shadowed by other issues, especially as it affects Eric's Christian beliefs.

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Chariots of Fire
He is an Englishman
W.S. Gilbert: Lyrics
Arthur Sullivan: Performer
Three Little Maids from School Are We
W.S. Gilbert: Lyrics
Arthur Sullivan: Performer
With Catlike Tread
W.S. Gilbert: Lyrics
Arthur Sullivan: Performer
The Soldiers of Our Queen
W.S. Gilbert: Lyrics
Arthur Sullivan: Performer
There Lived a King
W.S. Gilbert: Lyrics
Arthur Sullivan: Performer
God Save the King
Henry Carey: Writer
Jesus Shall Reign
Isaac Watts: Lyrics
John Hatton: Performer
The Skater's Waltz, Op.183
Emil Waldteufel: Writer
La Marseillaise
The Star-Spangled Banner
John Stafford Smith: Performer
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Louis Lambert: Performer
Miserere Mei, Deus
Pas de deux (No. 14)

User reviews

John Phillips

The music in Chariots of Fire has stood the test of time, remaining a classic in the realm of film scores.

Linda Lopez

The use of synthesizers in the music adds a unique and futuristic touch to the period setting of the film, creating a sense of timelessness that enhances the viewing experience.

Michael Adams

The soundtrack of Chariots of Fire is a masterpiece that perfectly captures the tension and excitement of the story. The iconic theme song evokes a sense of determination and triumph that resonates with the struggles and triumphs of the characters.

Ashley Hernandez

The use of classical music in the soundtrack adds a timeless and elegant quality to the film, enhancing the emotional depth of the story. The sweeping orchestral arrangements create a rich and immersive listening experience that complements the on-screen drama beautifully.

Thomas Gonzalez

The soundtrack effectively conveys the spiritual and religious elements of the story, blending traditional hymns with modern compositions to create a rich and evocative musical tapestry.

John Campbell

The soundtrack of Chariots of Fire perfectly captures the tension and excitement of the competitive running scenes, immersing the listener in the intensity of the races.

Patricia Nelson

Each track in the soundtrack complements the scenes in the film perfectly, enhancing the overall viewing experience.

Donna Gonzalez

The soundtrack's ability to blend classical and electronic elements seamlessly is a testament to the composer's talent and creativity.

Andrew Hall

The main theme of the soundtrack is iconic and unforgettable, evoking a sense of triumph and determination that resonates with the themes of the story.

Donald Clark

Overall, the soundtrack of Chariots of Fire is a masterful work of art that elevates the film to new heights, making it a memorable and impactful cinematic experience.

Timothy Lee

The emotional depth of the music enhances the character development in the film, providing insight into the motivations and struggles of Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell.

Matthew Williams

The iconic main theme evokes a sense of triumph and determination, making it a truly inspirational piece of music.

Michael Gonzalez

The emotional depth conveyed through the music enhances the storytelling and immerses the audience in the characters' journeys.

Edward Evans

The soundtrack of Chariots of Fire is a masterpiece that perfectly captures the spirit of the film.

Elizabeth Lewis

The use of synthesizers in the soundtrack gives it a unique and modern feel, setting it apart from other film scores of its time.

Robert Jones

The soundtrack of Chariots of Fire feels repetitive and lacks diversity in its musical themes. I found myself getting bored listening to the same slow-paced, piano-driven melodies throughout the entire film. It failed to capture the intensity and excitement of the Olympic races depicted in the movie.

Elizabeth Adams

The orchestration in the soundtrack of Chariots of Fire often felt overbearing and melodramatic, overshadowing the emotional subtleties of the characters' struggles and triumphs. The music sometimes felt forced and manipulative, instead of enhancing the storytelling experience. I found myself wishing for a more nuanced and understated approach to the score.

Sarah Martin

The contrast between the energetic running sequences and the more introspective moments in the music creates a dynamic and engaging listening experience that mirrors the highs and lows of the characters' journeys.

Karen Adams

The use of classical music in the soundtrack enhances the historical authenticity of the film, transporting the audience back to the post-World War I era with its elegant and stirring melodies.