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This Sporting Life Reviews

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John B

Super Reviewer

May 6, 2014
The brutality of Harris brings to mind Brando in Streetcar. He is all brute force and aggression who uses rugby sometimes unsuccessfully as the conduit through which negative emotions go, It is when another outlet is needed that the film becomes stark.
November 18, 2013
Um dos grandes representantes da New Wave Britânica, o filme conta com uma direção corajosa de Anderson e um trabalho simplesmente impecável de Harris. Clássico obrigatório!
Norbert P.
October 23, 2013
Its first half is so much better than the second.
jjb3332003
September 6, 2013
A film ahead of its time. Anderson does a great directing job and Harris gives a stellar performance. Comparisons to Brando are certainly warranted. Raging Bull was obviously influenced by this.
DIOMED
May 5, 2013
The film started promisingly enough but the story, pacing and over-the-top bluster of Richard Harris gets tedious. I loved the 'kitchen sink" realism and it's a wonderfully filmed crisp black and white visual experience but the story is too baggy for my liking and Harris doing his best brooding British Brando impersonation is very charismatic. His overacting though took me out of the picture more than once and the director, Lindsay Anderson, though seemingly in possession of a workable bag of tricks, faulters with pacing and mediocre overall direction.
January 8, 2012
There are kitchen sink dramas that are still capable of lifting your spirits and this is not one of them. Having such a miserable sour-faced old cow as Mrs Hammond as the leading love interest makes no sense. Any bloke in their right mind would scarper at the first possible opportunity leaving two fingers lingering in the air (and possibly something unpleasant on her freshly scrubbed kitchen floor). A thoroughly depressing experience.
November 7, 2012
The depths of desperation in love.
flixsterman
flixsterman

Super Reviewer

February 4, 2009
Richard Harris gives a very 'Brando-esque' performance in this UK classic. Simply fantastic from start to finish.
September 30, 2009
This is how it feels, when your best is just not good enough.
August 2, 2012
Great movie. Ostensibly a sport-drama but the main plot of the movie is as a relationship / human drama. Very thoughtful and emotional plot. Great, gritty direction by Lindsay Anderson. The use of black-and-white photography helped the feeling of desolation, melancholy and emotional emptiness.

Requires some patience though - starts slowly.

Good performances by Richard Harris and Rachel Roberts, both of whom received Oscar nominatiions for their efforts.
March 24, 2011
The ultimate British kitchen-sink drama everyone should see.
March 30, 2012
Seriously, am I the only one who got bored out of his mind slogging through this 2+h of melodrama?
March 18, 2012
another of the 'angry young men' series
January 21, 2012
Brutal fucking movie. If you like Martin Scorsese, you'll probably like this. It's very clear he saw and loved this. Richard Harris' performance is phenomenal. Just as good as DeNiro in Raging Bull, if not better. And I'd say this is probably the best (and darkest) sports movie ever.
January 14, 2012
the only slightly worthwhile movie that sports is a fairly major part of.
January 2, 2012
ok I would of been upset to learn if Richard Harris wouldnt have received an oscar nomination for his performance. Awesome. Its hard to believe this was the directorial debut of Lindsay Anderson. Great cinematography. Hard to find a fault with this film....
November 8, 2011
Wow. Its been a long time since a movie got to me, and this one got to me. The climax to ending is just so raw and real. And Richard Harris's performance is amazing. The rugby scenes have a great feel to them as well. Just something about this movie moved me. Which is rare and special for me.
Cassandra M

Super Reviewer

February 10, 2011
"This Sporting Life" is one of the most famous of the British "kitchen sink" dramas of the 1950s and 1960s ("kitchen sink" films were very gritty, social realist films which were very popular in Britain at one time).

Frank Machin (Richard Harris) is a brutal, young miner in a city in northern England. Hoping for fame and fortune, he becomes a successful Rugby League football player. He uses his fame and fortune, along with physical violence, to try to force his widowed landlady (Rachel Roberts) to fall for him.

Photographed in bleak black-and-white, the film's scenes of emotional and physical domestic violence are still shocking today. Also notable are the violent, stylishly-shot rugby matches.

The cast are brilliant without exception, especially Richard Harris who manages to invest even his totally unsympathetic character with some degree of humanity.
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