December 14, 2017

A Special Invitation: A “Chariots of Fire” Blogfest

Chariots of Fire (Two-Disc Special Edition)This is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the film Chariots of Fire, a remarkable movie about faith, worldviews and the motives to excel of two very different men. Chariots won Oscars for Best Picture, Writing, Score and Costumes in 1982.

I talked about Chariots of Fire on Podcast 16. I got to thinking that there might be bloggers willing to blog a post about this movie. So how about a “Blogfest?” What are your thoughts, memories, ministry uses and observations of Chariots of Fire? A movie produced by a Muslim starring an actor who died of AIDS, Chariots is a remarkable film that I find highly effective in presenting the Gospel. Where are the Christian films today with this kind of powerful, compelling story and presentation?

If you would be willing to write a blog post about the film in honor of this anniversary, I’ll post all the blog posts here at IM. Links to the posts should be sent to me at michaelATinternetmonkDOTcom. I will post the collected posts/links no later than Tuesday, August 29th.

If you give me heads up by email or comment, that would be great.

Comments

  1. I must write a comment on “Chariots of Fire” since it is my favourite movie of all time. I’ve only seen it about 10 times, actually I’ve lost count by now, but it’s one of those inspiring movies where I enjoyed the comraderie, the hypocrisy, the greatness of God, the struggle to achieve for a “wreath that perishes”, the superb acting.

    Eric Liddell was a man of faith and an athlete. The movie tells of his choice to excercise his gift for running without compromising his faith. My favourite spot in the movie is when he reads a portion from Isaiah 40; God is great, man stumbles and falls, yet, with all of man’s achieving, God is greater still and is ready to give strength to the weary…

    Eric was a man of conviction. He stood for God’s will in his life despite the opposition that arose. His conviction earned him due respect even from those who opposed him.

    While the main plot is the story of Liddell’s race to achieve the Olympic gold, Abraham’s struggle to run and win an Olympic medal, while facing an identity crisis and anti-semitism, is also a major parallel story line.

    I loved the movie, even if Ian Charleson played Eric. Though an unbeliever, Ian’s acting could have cast doubts as to his lack of faith in God. The movie earned every Oscar it got. I must get myself a copy soon.

  2. I admit the first time I saw this movie I almost feel asleep because I had a hard time “getting it” at the time. This was also right around the time I became a christian so during the first time I saw it I might not have been saved. However a few years later I watched it and it seemed like a different movie. I think before I saw it the second time I had read what it was about in a sunday school book. Maybe it was also the strong accents or low tone of voice or lack of explosions and other actions that almost put me asleep the first time but since then I have loved this movie.

    This posts also brings up one of my biggest beefs with people and how they try to ruin the movie going experience for me. What is it with people who feel they always have to bring to light an actor who has played a certain character is gay? Yes, I’m agaist the practice of homosexuality but what are people trying to tell me or convince me to do when they reveal this info? The most recent example of this was the actor who played Nate Saint in the movie, End of the Spear. Also I know people who felt like they had to share Ian Mckellen who played Gandalf was also a homosexual and then of course Ian Charleson of played Eric Liddell. I do not go to movies to see the actors per se. I go to see the stories and to be engulfed in them.

    The story of Chariots of Fire was a true one. How is the actor who plays the part supposed to cast doubts on the intergrity of the story? Isn’t it like saying a person can’t play the part of Jesus in a movie because he was human? (well, yes some people would argue Jesus shouldn’t be portrayed in any artistic sense at all but that’s for a different topic.)

  3. I saw Chariots of Fire when it first came out. I was eight years old at the time, and I haven’t seen it since. All that my eight-year-old brain remembered of it was the runner jumping over the hurdles with wineglasses on top of them, and the coach who was so excited when his runner won that he punched a hole in his hat. So I am really not qualified to speak about the movie.

    I do, however, want to approach this from the standpoint of evangelical arts. This movie was a very compelling storyline and a very powerful Gospel presentation (even though my eight-year-old brain was unable to appreciate this). And yet, as you say, it was produced by a Muslim and starred an actor who died of AIDS. Why is it that evangelicals can’t produce excellent movies like this? Why is it that we are content to produce nothing better than those cheesy rapture movies that go straight to video?