PG | | Biography, Drama, Sport
Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.
Lord Lindsay (Nigel Havers) was actually based upon Lord Burghley, who refused to cooperate with the filmmakers, and would not allow his name to be used in the production. Upon seeing the completed movie, however, Lord Burghley told the filmmakers that he regretted his earlier refusal to cooperate with the production.
Lord Andrew Lindsay:
Let us praise famous men and our fathers that begat us. All these men were honoured in their generations and were a glory in their days. We are here today to give thanks for the life of Harold Abrahams. To honour the legend. Now there are just two ...
After Eric Liddle has given his speech at the highland gathering, there is a brief glimpse of a boy whose trouser bottoms have no turn-ups (cuffs). As the movie is set in the early 1920s, trousers without turn-ups wouldn't be seen during this time period as they didn't come into fashion until much later. The trouser legs also looked quite narrow and not in keeping with the style of the 1920s when they were much baggier.
There is at least one slightly different version of the movie, issued in Europe on homevideo. The beginning is different - shorter - and introduces Harold Abrahams while playing cricket with his colleagues. The scene in the train station, where Monty meets Harold is absent, as well as the loading of the baggage in the taxi they share. We simply see Monty writing a letter to his parents, mentioning that "Harold is as intense as ever" (cut to the cricket scene, maybe 30 seconds long), and then continues with "I remember our first day... we shared a taxi together" (cut to the two students unloading their stuff from the car). This alternate version also have slightly different end credits, and does not mention Harold marrying Sybil. The differences are minor (the U.S. version provides a more shocking memento of WWI, when it shows crippled baggage handlers in the station); one of the reasons the cricket scene was dropped in favour of the station one was due to the distributor's worry that the American market would not understand it.
$68,907 (USA) (27 September 1981)
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