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  • jeremyp
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    Originally posted by Texas
    Originally posted by Per Andersen
    Originally posted by Texas
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    While having nothing to do with the film...

    GB put Abrahams on the leadoff leg of their 4x1 team. Yes they thougt with the lead.... Anyway, high schooler Francis Hussey from the USA blew the champ away giving the yanks a two meter advantage they would never lose.
    You don't miss an opportunity to repeat this fairy tale but it does not make it true.

    The relay race was close until the Brits blew it in the last exchange and the Americans won by about 1.5 meters.
    USA won 41.0-41.2

    This from...The Complete Book of the Olympics

    "Francis Hussey from Stuyvesant High School in New York City beat 100 meter gold medalist Harold Abraham by two yards."
    And this from TFN's Olympic TF. "In fact it was a close race until the end of the 3d.leg..."

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  • paulthefan
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    Originally posted by mrbowie
    Hey, if you think this Hollywood version of a sports film was bad, you should see the movie about Seabiscuit when you know the history behind it. One of my racing partners co-produced the film and I kept telling him what the screen writer was doing, but these people are never going to let the truth get in the way of a good story. Any movie on a subject about which somebody has a clue will inevitably be difficult to watch. Which is why I have never read more than half of one of those jackass mysterles by the former jump jockey Dick Francis, whose wife was supposed to be the actual writer anyway!
    how can you post the above without a link to the "truth" about Seabiscuit !...

    oh, nevermind, just checked out...

    http://espn.go.com/page2/s/merron/030828.html

    I find most of the differences tedious criticism... both the real and the reel were really great.

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  • mrbowie
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    Hey, if you think this Hollywood version of a sports film was bad, you should see the movie about Seabiscuit when you know the history behind it. One of my racing partners co-produced the film and I kept telling him what the screen writer was doing, but these people are never going to let the truth get in the way of a good story. Any movie on a subject about which somebody has a clue will inevitably be difficult to watch. Which is why I have never read more than half of one of those jackass mysterles by the former jump jockey Dick Francis, whose wife was supposed to be the actual writer anyway!

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  • dj
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    I had a conversation with Ken Doherty and we talked about several things from the movie. He was a near contemporary--Olympian in '28--and eventually knew all the major players in the film.

    The one thing he noticed was in the 100m start and the wonderful scene showing the sprinters digging their holes. Ken pointed out that they dug their holes backwards!

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  • Triplej
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    Another piece of poetic licence is where the film shows Liddell travelling from Edinburgh to London to beat Abrahams in the AAA championships over 100m. In the film this defeat galvanises Abrahams and he trains so diligently that he wins the Olympics.

    In reality this race between the two never took place.

    The film shows Liddell falling in a race where he competes for Scotland against France in Edinburgh; he returns to his feet and wins. This one nearly happened, the race was in Stoke against England and Ireland in 1923. He won the 100, 220 and 440y that day and Douglas Lowe won the 880y.

    Liddell won 100, 220 and 440y at the Scottish Championships in 1924 and 1925 (both at Hampden Park, Glasgow - at that time the world's biggest football stadium).

    There are two biographies of Liddell I recommend - "The Flying Scotsman" by Sally Magnusson and "Complete Surrender" by Julian Wilson. Also "50 years of athletics" from the Scottish Amateur Athletic Association (pub 1933) gives results of the first three in all Scottish Championships and internationals involving Scotland up to 1932.

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  • bambam
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    Originally posted by dukehjsteve
    Going from memory here... both as to what T&FN said back then, pllus what I've read;

    Jackson Scholz has stated that he never gave a note to Eric Liddell, and was not a bit religious himself.

    Liddell knew quite early that there were heats on Sunday and planned accordingly to not run any event that had heats that day. There was no last minute plan for him to run the 400.

    This movie sometimes gets assailed by Track aficionados, but I've always loved it !
    Liddell actually knew the schedule earlier in the year, and trained for several months for the 400 as a result.

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  • dj
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    Originally posted by TrackCEO
    Wikipedia entry covers many aspects of film's accuracy:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chariots_of_Fire

    Interesting tidbit:

    Other historical inaccuracies include: In the film, the 100m bronze medallist is a fictional character called "Tom Watson"; the real medallist was Arthur Porritt of New Zealand, who refused permission for his name to be used in the film, allegedly out of modesty. His wish was accepted by the film's producers, even though his permission was not necessary.[4]
    I bought the soundtrack LP at the time of release. Vangelis did some really cool things.

    K E N
    More on Porritt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Por ... on_Porritt

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  • TrackCEO
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    Wikipedia entry covers many aspects of film's accuracy:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chariots_of_Fire

    Interesting tidbit:

    Other historical inaccuracies include: In the film, the 100m bronze medallist is a fictional character called "Tom Watson"; the real medallist was Arthur Porritt of New Zealand, who refused permission for his name to be used in the film, allegedly out of modesty. His wish was accepted by the film's producers, even though his permission was not necessary.[4]
    I bought the soundtrack LP at the time of release. Vangelis did some really cool things.

    K E N

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  • catson52
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    Originally posted by dukehjsteve
    Going from memory here... both as to what T&FN said back then, pllus what I've read;

    Jackson Scholz has stated that he never gave a note to Eric Liddell, and was not a bit religious himself.

    Liddell knew quite early that there were heats on Sunday and planned accordingly to not run any event that had heats that day. There was no last minute plan for him to run the 400.

    This movie sometimes gets assailed by Track aficionados, but I've always loved it !
    I loved the movie too, catching it the first time on the plane coming to the USA (for the first time) over 25 years ago. I guess all these "historical" movies take some liberties with what really happened. As stated by another poster, it shows quite accurately, the general attitudes in GB, towards race, amateurism etc. in the 1920s. I only saw first hand what it was like in the mid-fifties, and think the movie is quite fair on such matters. For a good take on similar matters take a look at Maugham's short story "An Alien Corn". I rate him as the best short story writer in English, and overall would only rate Chekov and Maupassant as better at this genre.

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  • Texas
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    Originally posted by Per Andersen
    Originally posted by Texas
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    While having nothing to do with the film...

    GB put Abrahams on the leadoff leg of their 4x1 team. Yes they thougt with the lead.... Anyway, high schooler Francis Hussey from the USA blew the champ away giving the yanks a two meter advantage they would never lose.
    You don't miss an opportunity to repeat this fairy tale but it does not make it true.

    The relay race was close until the Brits blew it in the last exchange and the Americans won by about 1.5 meters.
    USA won 41.0-41.2

    This from...The Complete Book of the Olympics

    "Francis Hussey from Stuyvesant High School in New York City beat 100 meter gold medalist Harold Abraham by two yards."

    Now this....

    paste...

    Francis Valentine Joseph (Frank) Hussey, Pi '20
    Born February 14, 1905. Died December 26, 1974. Tied World Record in 100 yard dash while student at Stuyvesant HS. Gold Medal in 4x100 yard relay 1924 Olympics, beating 'Chariots of Fire' Harold Abrahams on first leg. AAU 100 yard champion, 1925. Boston College. Columbia University. Initial honoree, New York City Track

    Well?

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  • Per Andersen
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    Originally posted by Texas
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    While having nothing to do with the film...

    GB put Abrahams on the leadoff leg of their 4x1 team. Yes they thougt with the lead.... Anyway, high schooler Francis Hussey from the USA blew the champ away giving the yanks a two meter advantage they would never lose.
    You don't miss an opportunity to repeat this fairy tale but it does not make it true.

    The relay race was close until the Brits blew it in the last exchange and the Americans won by about 1.5 meters.

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  • dukehjsteve
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    Going from memory here... both as to what T&FN said back then, pllus what I've read;

    Jackson Scholz has stated that he never gave a note to Eric Liddell, and was not a bit religious himself.

    Liddell knew quite early that there were heats on Sunday and planned accordingly to not run any event that had heats that day. There was no last minute plan for him to run the 400.

    This movie sometimes gets assailed by Track aficionados, but I've always loved it !

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  • Halfmiler2
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    At the time the film came out, Track & Field News did an article that went over the various historical details and how the film departed from them. I think the bottom line is that the film is true to the big picture of what happened but take quite a bit of historical license on the smaller points.

    I haven't watched the film in quite a while - and ought to since I enjoyed it and have the VHS of it. As to the Jerusalem music, I seem to recall they play it at the beginning as well - at Harold's funeral and the rest of the movie is basically a flashback. I do not know if they really played that music at his funeral but it is true from what I have heard or read elsewhere that he became a major figure in the British federation for many years after he finished competing.

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  • Mighty Favog
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    According to IMDB, the working title was "Running" until the writer saw the hymn being performed on the BBC, heard the line, and decided he liked it. Most if not all of your questions can be answered by a page of trivia about the movie at the IMDB.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082158/trivia

    In the opening of The Muppet Movie, Kermit's nephew Robin asks if the film is the really how the Muppets got together. Kermit replies "Well, it's how it might have happened." That's how you have to look at Chariots of Fire.

    What's "true" about the film is the depiction of cultural attitudes of the time and place. That to be visibly trying is too plebian, that you don't dirty your hands with money, the complete shock at seeing the American style of training.

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  • catson52
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    Originally posted by Texas
    paste....

    In real life, Lord David Bughley (Lord Lindsay in the Film) was the first man to do the Great Court Run, not Harold Abrahams. This was changed, because David Puttnam was a socialist and did not want to show a Lord winning, and this is one of the reasons that Lord Burghley did not consent to let his name be used in the film.
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    While having nothing to do with the film...

    GB put Abrahams on the leadoff leg of their 4x1 team. Yes they thougt with the lead.... Anyway, high schooler Francis Hussey from the USA blew the champ away giving the yanks a two meter advantage they would never lose.
    Thanks, makes general sense. Burghley was the 1928 400 hurdles champ and also placed 4th in 1932. No Oly connection with Abrahams and Liddell in 1924 I assume.

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