Posted by: a2cristina | May 24, 2011




Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew 0) ________________.

The film was written by Colin Welland and directed by Hugh Hudson. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture. It is ranked 19th in the British Film Institute’s list of Top 100 British films.

The film’s title was inspired by the line, “Bring me my chariot of fire,” from the William Blake poem adapted into the popular British hymn “Jerusalem”; the hymn is heard at the end of the film. The original phrase “chariot(s) of fire” is from 2 Kings 2:11 and 6:17 in the Bible.

In 1919, Harold Abrahams enters Cambridge University, where he experiences anti-Semitism from the staff, but enjoys participating in a music club. He becomes the first person to ever complete the Trinity College Great Court Run — 1) ________________. Abrahams achieves an undefeated string of victories in various national running competitions. Although focused on his running, he falls in love with a leading Gilbert and Sullivan soprano, Sybil.

Eric Liddel, born in China of Scottish missionary parents, is in Scotland. His devout sister Jennie  2) ________________. But Liddell sees running as a way of glorifying God before returning to China to work as a missionary.

When they first race against each other, Liddell beats Abrahams. Abrahams takes it extremely badly, but Sam Mussabini, a professional trainer whom he had approached earlier, 3) ________________. This attracts criticism from the Cambridge college masters. They allege it is ungentlemanly for an amateur to employ a professional coach. Abrahams realizes this is a cover for their anti-Semitism and class-based sense of superiority, and dismisses their concern.

When Eric Liddell accidentally misses a church prayer meeting because of his running, his sister Jennie upbraids [1]him and accuses him of no longer caring about God. Eric tells her that though he intends to eventually return to the China mission, he feels divinely inspired when running, and that 4) ________________: “I believe that God made me for a purpose. But He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.”

The two athletes, after years of training and racing, are accepted to represent Great Britain in the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Also accepted are Abrahams’ Cambridge friends, Lord Andrew Lindsay, Aubrey Montague, and Henry Stallard.

While boarding the boat to Paris for the Olympics, Liddell learns the news that the heat for his 100 metre race will be on a Sunday. He refuses to run the race — despite strong pressure from the Prince of Wales and the British Olympic committee — because his Christian convictions prevent him from running on the Sabbath.

Hope appears in the form of Liddell’s teammate Lord Andrew Lindsay. Having already won a silver medal in the 400 metre hurdles, Lindsay proposes to yield his place in the 400 metre race on the following Thursday to Liddell, who gratefully agrees. His religious convictions in the face of national athletic pride make headlines around the world.

Liddell delivers a sermon at the Paris Church of Scotland that Sunday, and quotes from Isaiah 40, verse 31: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and be not weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Abrahams is badly beaten by the heavily favoured United States runners in the 200 metre race. He knows his last chance for a medal will be the 100 metres. He competes in the race, and wins. His coach Sam Mussabini is overcome by emotion at the fact that 5) ________________ with an Olympic gold medal. Now Abrahams can get on with his life and reunite with his girlfriend Sybil, whom he had neglected for the sake of running.

Before Liddell’s race, the American coach remarks dismissively to his runners that Liddell has little chance of doing well in his now far longer 400 metre race. But one of the American runners, Jackson Scholz, hands Liddell a note of support for his convictions. Liddell defeats the American favourites and wins the gold medal.

The British team returns home triumphant. As the film ends, onscreen text explains that Abrahams married Sybil, and became the elder statesman of British athletics. Eric Liddell went on to missionary work in China. All of Scotland mourned his death in 1945 in Japanese-occupied China.

Adapted from Wikipedia.

a. coached athletes to a total of eleven Olympic medals over five Olympics
b. disapproves of his plans to pursue competitive running
c. not to run would be to dishonour God
d. offers to take him on to improve his technique
e. running around the college courtyard in the time it takes for the clock to strike 12
f. so much training has required
g. the years of dedication and training have paid off
h. thinks that sport is interfering
i.         who runs to overcome prejudice



















0)      who runs to overcome prejudice

1)      running around the college courtyard in the time it takes for the clock to strike 12.

2)      disapproves of his plans to pursue competitive running

3)      offers to take him on to improve his technique

4)      not to run would be to dishonour God

5)      the years of dedication and training have paid off

[1] To upbraid: to forcefully or angrily tell someone they should not have done a particular thing and criticize them for having done it. Reprender, reconvenir.


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