Tuesday, 5 July 2011

British Beaches in the Movies: St Andrews

Chariots of Fire (1981) used West Sands, St Andrews to great effect. So much has been written about this film and many a pilgrimage has been made by movie lovers wanting to run along the beach in their heroes’ footsteps. I’m not ashamed to admit that I still cry when that flag goes up – gets me every time. Chariots of Fire ended up with four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score (Vangelis). When he accepted his Oscar for Best Original Screenplay Colin Welland famously (and ominously) announced “The British are coming”.

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