The Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire which inspired the creation of the Lichfield Dash back in 1998 is heading back to the big screen in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Twentieth Century Fox and the BFI are currently working together to digitally remaster Hugh Hudson’s highly regarded motion picture. Chariots of Fire tells the tale of two runners, one a devout Christian and the other a Jew, who compete in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Starring Ben Cross, Ian Charleson and Nigel Havers, Chariots of Fire won four Oscars, including best picture. The film will be screened at more than 100 cinemas around the country from Friday 13 July as part of the build-up to the Games. Lord Puttnam, who produced the film, believes that the themes of Chariots of Fire are still relevant. He said in a statement: “Chariots of Fire is about guts, determination and belief. At the heart of the film is the quest for Olympic glory, and I find it hard to imagine anything more likely to resonate throughout the country this summer.”