The movie is based on the true story of two British athletes competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Englishman Harold Abrahams （Ben Cross） who is Jewish， overcomes anti-Semitism and class prejudice in order to compete against theFlying Scotsman ， Eric Liddell （Ian Charleson） in the 100 metre race.Opening in 1919 England， Harold Abrahams enters Cambridge University， where he meets with anti-Semitism from the staff， but enjoys participating in the Gilbert and Sullivan theatre club. He becomes the first person to ever complete the Trinity Great Court run： running around the court in the time it takes for the clock to strike 12. Abrahams achieves an undefeated string of victories in various national running competitions. Although focused on his running， he falls in love with a famous Gilbert and Sullivan soprano， Sybil （Alice Krige）.Meanwhile in Scotland， Eric Liddell （Ian Charleson） born in China of Scottish missionary parents， is in Scotland. His devout sister Jennie （Cheryl Campbell） disapproves of Liddell“s plans to pursue competitive running. But Liddell sees running as a way of glorifying God before returning to China to work as a missionary.Abrahams and Liddell meet for the first time in London in June 1923 when they first race against each other in a British open. Liddell beats Abrahams who takes it extremely badly. But Sam Mussabini （Ian Holm） a professional trainer whom Abrahams had approached earlier， offers to take him on to improve his technique. This attracts criticism from the Cambridge college masters （John Gielgud and Lindsay Anderson）. In their meeting with Abrahams， the Cambridge masters allege it is ungentlemanly for an amateur toplay the tradesmanby employing a professional coach. Abrahams realizes this is a cover for their anti-Semitism and class entitlement， and dismisses their concern.Meanwhile， when Liddell accidentally misses a church prayer meeting because of his running， his sister Jennie upbraids him and accuses him of no longer caring about God. But Eric tells her that though he intends to ually return to the China mission， he feels divinely inspired when running， and that not to run would be to dishonor God：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 over a year of training and racing， are accepted to represent Great Britain in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris， France. Also accepted are Abrahams” Cambridge buddies， Lord Andrew Lindsay （Nigel Havers） Aubrey Montague （Nicholas Farrell） and Henry Stallard （Daniel Gerroll） whom join the UK team.While boarding the boat to Paris for the Olympics， Liddell learns from the newspapers that the for his 100 meter race will be on a Sunday. Liddell refuses to run the race despite strong pressure from the Prince of Wales （David Yelland） as well as the head of the British Olympic committee， Lord Cadogan （Patrick Magee） because Liddell“s Christian convictions pr him from running on the Christian Sabbath （Sunday）.Hope appears in the form of Liddell”s teammate Lord Andrew Lindsay. Having already won a silver medal in the 400 meter hurdles， Lindsay proposes to yield his place in the 400 meter race on the following Tuesday to Liddell. Liddell 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. Meanwhile， Abrahams is badly beaten by the heavily favored and more experienced United States runner Charles Paddock （Dennis Christopher） in the 200 meter race who wins the gold medal， while Abrahams takes a second place silver medal. Abrahams knows that his last chance for a gold medal will be the 100 meter run. He competes in the 100 meter sprint and wins， beating Paddock and the rest of the Americans.On Tuesday， just before Liddell“s race， the American coach remarks to his runners that Liddell has little chance of doing well in his now far longer 400 meter race. But one of the American runners， Jackson Scholz （Brad Davis） hands Liddell a note of support for his convictions. Liddell defeats all the American favorites and wins the gold medal.The British team returns home triumphant. Abrahams and Liddell then part ways， with Abrahams returning to Sybil and Liddell goes off to return to China with his missionary family. As the film ends， an onscreen text explains that Abrahams married Sybil， and became the elder statesman of British athletics. He died in January 1978. The elulogy at Abrahams” funeral is delivered by the elderly Lord Andrew Lindsay， the last surviving member of the 1924 UK Olympic Team. Eric Liddell went on to his missionary work back in China where he later died in a prison camp at the hands of Japanese troops in 1945.
本片讲述了1924年英国两名奥运健将的故事。1919年，剑桥大学凯斯学院的开学礼上迎来一名叫亚伯拉罕（本·克劳斯 Ben Cross 饰）的犹太学生。他擅长跑步，参加剑桥的环校挑战赛后一战成名。然而犹太人的身份让他饱受种族偏见之苦，因此他一心想赢得奥运会百米赛跑的金牌， 以此来对抗种族偏见。另外一位短跑健将是来自苏格拉高地的艾利克里德（伊安·查里森 Ian Charleson 饰），他极具跑步天赋，而他本人是个虔诚的基督教徒，认为自己的天赋来自上帝，他是为上帝而跑。在1923年的全国性运动会上，两名青年狭路相逢，艾利克里德最终赢得冠军。亚伯拉罕则请来了职业教练指导自己，备战奥运。 1924年的巴黎奥运会来临，艾利克里德却得知百米资格赛在星期天举行，作为一名基督徒，他严格遵守着“安息日不得工作”的教义，最后他决定退出百米赛。另一方面，亚伯拉罕不仅要面对...