Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire (1981)

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Harold M. Abrahams: That was the miscalculation of my life.

HRH Edward, Prince of Wales: There are times when we are asked to make sacrifices in the name of that loyalty. And without them our allegiance is worthless. As I see it, for you, this is such a time.
Eric Liddell: Sir, God knows I love my country. But I can't make that sacrifice.

Harold M. Abrahams: If I can't win, I won't run.
Sybil Gordon: If you don't run, you can't win.

Master of Trinity: Life slips by, Abrahams, life slips by.

Lord Birkenhead: Liddell, he is your future king, are you refusing to shake his hand? Does your arrogance extend that far?
Eric Liddell: My arrogance, sir, extends just as far as my conscience demands.
Lord Birkenhead: Fine, then let's hope that is wise enough to give you room to maneuver.

Master of Trinity: ...name after name which I cannot read. And which we, who are older than you, cannot hear without emotion. Names which will be only names to you, the new college, but to us summon up face after face full of honesty and goodness, zeal and vigor.

Lord Cadogan: Don't be impertinent, Liddell.
Eric Liddell: The impertinence lies, sir, with those who seek to influence a man to deny his beliefs.

Lord Cadogan: That's a matter for the committee.
Lord Birkenhead: We are the committee.

Eric Liddell: God made countries, God makes kings, and the rules by which they govern. And those rules say that the Sabbath is His. And I for one intend to keep it that way.

Lord Cadogan: Hear, hear. In my day it was King first and God after.
Duke of Sutherland: Yes, and the War To End Wars bitterly proved your point.

Continuity mistake: When Eric Liddell is approaching the end of the Olympic 400 metre race the camera cuts away for reaction shots of those watching and responding to his approaching victory. The close-up shot of Harold Abrahams is taken from earlier in the film when Harold was reacting to his own defeat by Eric. You can see at the bottom of the frame that Harold is wearing a tweed jacket and not the blue official blazer of the British team which he would have been wearing while viewing Eric's race.

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Trivia: Eric's sister Jenny was in China at this time. She adored her brother and did not try to discourage him. She was put in the film to represent Eric's conscience.

Allan Patterson
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