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. Themes include integrity, perseverance, courage, and compassion.
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.
Some kissing and a mention of a performer at the Savoy Theatre who gets pregnant and has to quit.
The French are called "frogs" more than once by the British, plus "bloody" and "hell."
Lipton Tea is the only billboard visible at a race.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of social drinking plus smoking of cigarettes and cigars, even by athletes before races. Glasses filled with champagne are propped on hurdles.