Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this true story of British Olympic runners has very little mature content -- drinking and smoking mostly -- but may be too hard to follow for younger fans of sports movies. The two runners it features are worth discussing with kids, though. One runner is Jewish and fights prejudice through competition. The other is a Scottish missionary and refuses to run an Olympic race on Sunday, even when the Prince of Wales tries to appeal to his love of country. As a side note, a lone Lipton Tea billboard shows up along a racetrack -- a great reminder of just how littered with advertising most sporting events are today.
Some kissing and a mention of a performer at the Savoy Theatre who gets pregnant and has to quit.
Tense moments of competition. A mention at the end of the movie that Eric Liddell was killed in China during World War II. Former runners attend Abrahams' funeral in 1978.
The French are called "frogs" more than once by the British, plus "bloody" and "hell."
High ideals are explored here through the athletic achievements of two men: sticking to principles (most notably here, religious ones), honoring family and country, and overcoming prejudices to make your mark on the world.
Lipton Tea is the only billboard visible at a race.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Lots of social drinking plus smoking of cigarettes and cigars, even by athletes before races. Glasses filled with champagne are propped on hurdles.