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The amateur spirit: Chariots of Fire (1981)

By Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Dec 10, 2021 | In Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast

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If you haven’t seen Chariots of Fire, the classic movie about a Christian and a Jew competing in the 1924 Olympics, you’ve heard its iconic and much-parodied musical theme. The film offers quite a bit to chew on not just in its primary themes of conscience and using one’s gifts for God’s glory, but also regarding the importance of the amateur spirit, how sport can be properly integrated into education and life as a whole, and how a great civilization must value the achievements of those who came before.

Chariots of Fire is included on the Vatican’s film list under the category of Values.

Thomas and James discuss the film with actor, director and producer Peter Atkinson. Peter is the director of the Merry Beggars, Relevant Radio’s new entertainment division, which is launching with a 25-day “Advent calendar” production of A Christmas Carol.


The Merry Beggars

Music is The Duskwhales, “Take It Back”, used with permission.

Criteria is hosted by Thomas V. Mirus and James T. Majewski.

Thomas is Director of Podcasts for and hosts the Catholic Culture Podcast. See full bio.

James is the Director of Customer Relations for as well as the host and narrator for Catholic Culture Audiobooks. See full bio.

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