Franka Potente, Run Lola Run (1998)
Making light work of a highly unsuitable ensemble - naively pairing snug, lime-green slacks with clodhopping army boots - Lola cuts an impressive swathe through urban Berlin. And, after a fashion, time itself. An admirable effort.
Speed: Varies from run to run, so 5
Power: Head up, arms flexed, 8
Manliness: In the most patronisingly complementary sense, 7
Blazes away from...
Ian Charleson, Chariots Of Fire (1981)
A fly-catcher of the first water, our Christian-playing hero’s lower jaw seems to come unhinged at the pistol crack, then gradually widens until he finally crosses the line looking like a man trying to gob-off an invisible whale.
Speed: Ok, yes, he’s nippy, 8
Power: Cruelly afflicted by the dread ‘windmill arms’, 3
Manliness: Apparently not next to Godliness, 3