This Sporting Life

1963, Drama, 2h 14m

21 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Appropriately hard-hitting on narrative as well as physical levels, The Sporting Life remains a British "kitchen sink" classic that's beautiful to look at and leaves a lingering mark. Read critic reviews

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Yorkshire coal miner Frank Machin (Richard Harris) picks a fight in a club and subsequently finds himself being recruited for a rugby team. He's an unpolished player, but his aggressiveness, brutality and indifference to the rules of fair play impress the team owners. Suddenly a rising star, Frank despairs that his success on the playing field isn't equaled in his personal life. He loves a widowed, emotionally challenged landlady (Rachel Roberts) who's too damaged to return his feelings.

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Richard Harris
Frank Machin
Rachel Roberts
Mrs. Margaret Hammond
Alan Badel
Gerald Weaver

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