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Chariots of Fire – take a group to this great classic

The remastered David Puttnam film is a great British classic with a powerful Christian message – and deserves a big audience ...

It was a joy to join the throng at the Empire in Leicester Square last night for the London premiere of a remastered Chariots of Fire, the classic British film telling the story of Scottish athlete and missionary Eric Liddell, and his battle with Cambridge runner Harold Abrahams.

The film is as fresh as it was back in 1981, and the combination of gripping cinematography in the slow-motion and actual speed race sequences, the depiction of post-First World War Britain, and the masterful performances make it a cinema classic well worth seeing again.

Technology has moved on massively and the remastering means it now looks and sounds better than ever.

Entertaining, gripping and moving in parts, too, it's a great film to take those not yet Christians along to as the themes of courage, principle, success and failure, as well as the noble competitiveness of sport are timely and enduring, as well as the spiritual depth and challenge of the storyline.

Damaris have produced a range of resources for your church to use, so why not book a group in at your local cinema – 120 across the UK will be showing Chariots of Fire from Friday (13 July) – and make the most of the opportunity?

Let's hope there will be plenty more British gold medals for real in the Games to come, but even more important, thousands who discover the treasure that lasts for eternity: Jesus Christ.

Top: Together again – actor Ben Cross (Harold Abrahams), director Hugh Hudson, actor Nigel Havers (Lord Lindsay)
Above: Nigel Havers on the red carpet
Right: Gone but not forgotten: Hugh Hudson pays tribute to actors (clockwise from top left): Ian Charleson, John Gielgud, Lindsay Anderson, Patrick Magee and Brad Davis

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