Torchlighters: The Eric Liddell Story

DVD Release: July 3, 2012
Torchlighters: The Eric Liddell Story


Pressure to follow public opinion couldn’t get much stronger. National hero Eric Liddell is Scotland’s pride and joy. The entire country is eager for their running celebrity to sprint past the rest of the world and bring home Olympic gold in the 100-meter race. But when Eric makes the stunning announcement that he won’t race on Sunday because of his religious convictions, he is soon labeled a disgrace and a traitor. See how Eric Liddell’s famous stand during the 1924 Olympics prepares him for even greater challenges as a missionary to China during World War II.

Dove Review

“The Eric Liddell Story” is inspiring! This animated feature focuses on the two things Eric is very good at: running and being a missionary. He was born in China in 1906 and sent to England to study at age six. He has a passion for missions but realizes too the gift of speed with which God has blessed him. Years later he wants to run in the Olympics but his 100-meter run is scheduled for a Sunday, and Eric refuses to run on the Sabbath. He seeks God’s plan and then is given an opportunity to run the 400-meter race on a Thursday. He not only wins gold but a place in history.

Eric returns to China as a missionary and helps a lot of people, but must also deal with World War ll and bombings and Pearl Harbor. Although there are recreations of war and some name calling, there is nothing graphic or gratuitous. We are pleased to award “The Eric Liddell Story” our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for all ages and our best rating, five Doves. We guarantee you will know more about this Christian man after seeing this terrific animated feature.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: Name calling such as loser, stupid, donkey lips, crazy man.
Violence: Bombings during the war and people run for cover; woman and her children are briefly seen lying on the ground following a bombing; man is seen with a sword; man seen kicked and man is shoved.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Man is seen in shorts.
Other: Man is persecuted for his faith and told he should put his country first and God second.


Company: Cinedigm
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 30 min.
Starring: Kenny Blyth
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter