This Sporting Life1963
This Sporting Life (1963)
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as Frank Machin
as Mrs. Margaret Hammond
as Gerald Weaver
as 'Dad' Johnson
as Maurice Braithwaite
as Mrs. Weaver
as Len Miller
as Head Waiter
as Mrs. Farrer
Critic Reviews for This Sporting Life
The film is raw and confident, but it's a little shallow, too.
Lindsay Anderson, making his debut as a feature director, brings the keen, observant eye of a documentary man to many vivid episodes without sacrificing the story line.
A reminder that something really was stirring in those days of the British New Wave before it frittered itself away.
It's impossible not to appreciate the remarkable performances (both Harris and Roberts were nominated for Oscars) or the realistic rugby scenes that earned Harris a broken leg.
Audience Reviews for This Sporting Life
Richard Harris gives a very 'Brando-esque' performance in this UK classic. Simply fantastic from start to finish.
"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.
The British Raging Bull.
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