The story, told in flashback, of two young British sprinters competing for fame in the 1924 Olympics. Eric, a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God.
Harold, the son of a newly rich Jew runs to prove his place in Cambridge society. In a warmup 100 meter race, Eric defeats Harold, who hires a pro trainer to prepare him. Eric, whose qualifying heat is scheduled for a Sunday, refuses to run despite pressure from the Olympic committee.
A compromise is reached when a nobleman allows Eric to compete in his 400 meter slot. Eric and Harold win their respective races and go on to achieve fame as missionary and businessman/athletic advocate, respectively.
Did you know?
Nigel Havers' character, Lord Lindsay, 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 film, however, Lord Burghley told the filmmakers that he regretted his earlier refusal to cooperate with the production. Read More