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Chariots of Fire: AW’s original 1981 review

We delve into the AW magazine archives to dig out the original review of the Oscar-winning movie

Under the headline “Chariots of Fire: a thrilling and moving film”, Mel Watman wrote the following review in AW exactly 40 years ago.

When, a year or two ago, that talented and distinctive playwright and actor Colin Welland met with a group of athletics historians for an informal discussion on the lives and careers of Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell – prior to writing a screenplay on these heroes of the 1924 Olympics – I was impressed with Colin’s enthusiasm and feeling for the project but was unconvinced that it would ever lead to a major film production.

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