Chariots of Fire (1981)
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A painstakingly boring film crafted out of bits of melodrama and the idea of epic scope, rather than an actual epic scope itself. Vangelis' iconic main theme is one of only two bright spots (and the rest of the score is jarringly bizarre for this film) -- the other being the photography which is superb. Chronology is not a pre-requisite for an easy to follow film, but a film that starts at an irrelevant ending and then rushes back to a more relevant one before rushing backward again to tell the story properly is hardly worth spending time on as a film viewer. Not one moment of the races seemed dramatic, and the story had little of value to say beyond a clichéd sense of personal victory.
2 stars out of 4.
It doesn't deserve to be in top 10 lists.
Dull movie but amazing soundtrack..
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This movie ranks #19 in BFI 100
This movie ranks #36 in BAFTA - Best Film
This movie ranks #41 in Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films
This movie ranks #50 in National Board of Review - Best Film
This movie ranks #55 in Academy Award Best Pictures
This movie ranks #100 in AFI's 100 years...100 cheers
This movie ranks #156 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #172 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #330 in Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #673 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #678 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #839 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films