Picks and Pans Review: Sunday, February 5

updated 02/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

CHARIOTS OF FIRE
CBS (8:30-11 p.m. ET)

On the surface a historical drama about two British track stars training for the 1924 Olympics, this superbly crafted film is really about much more: religion, bigotry and personal moral choices. It deservedly won the 1981 Best Picture Academy Award and made a star out of brooding Ben Cross, who plays Jewish runner Harold Abrahams. Ian Charleson is also excellent as his rival, sprinter Eric Lidded. The stirring Vangelis score, now a Muzak staple, also copped an Oscar.

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