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The actors make the most of the script for a classic.
A really taut British precursor to Raging Bull but played out over the backdrop of rugby league in Wakefield as opposed to a US boxing ring. Very well acted with a creepy nervous chill in the air. Ages fairly well as the screenplay is decent.
Good acting. The writing and direction actually seem ahead of their time. Sad movie.
It's brilliant, but fantastically depressing. Don't watch it while you are upset, emotionally vulnerable or drunk. Richard Harris is super.
A technically beautiful and haunting film of working class strife. That is just... a half hour too long. Richard Harris is giving it his all and crushing it. Even if it makes me hate him because i hate his character. Gotta love that bleak ass ending though. Also -- being a women sucked in the 60s and that spider stole the show.
Harris is magnificent and Rachel Roberts matches him when she is on the screen - but Harris is in every scene and we never tire of watching/studying him. Yes, he has the Brando attraction. He shows his full range here, even singing (with arms crossed across his chest the whole way!). And his shouting out for Margaret is a direct reminder of Brando's crying out for Stella in Streetcar. Half a star off for to me the lack of motivation for Machin's misogyny (maybe we are just meant to take it as part of some sportsmen's makeup) and the sometimes confusing time- jumps. But thank God we have Harris's performance to always watch. I wonder who won the Academy Award that year. Trivia: look for Edward Fox as bartender in non-speaking part 10 years before Day of the Jackal. Also, delightful bit of comedy between Minchin and Arthur Lowe (the future Mr Mainwaring of TVs Dads Army) about false teeth!
my review: http://wp.me/p1eXom-231
Tragic and sad. In a way it made me glad that I was not a professional sportsman. It also shows the struggles in England to make ends meet, socially and economically.
Custa a crer que um jogador de rugby seja o sujeito perfeito para um drama tão avassalador quanto "This Sporting Life", mas não nos devemos esquecer de que não existe talvez um país que tenha uma relação tão visceral com o desporto como o Reino Unido. Lindsay Anderson reconhece o peso disso mesmo e - com base num livro de David Storey aqui adaptado por ele mesmo - estabelece o paralelo perfeito entre a vontade de vencer dentro de campo e a necessidade de equilibrar isso com uma vida emocional satisfatória. Richard Harris, no papel principal e com a intensidade de um Marlon Brando, depressa convence-nos de que ninguém mais representaria tão bem quanto ele essa fome de ser apreciado pelos outros. Richard Harris é um tremendo actor com o temperamento de um boi, da mesma maneira que "This Sporting Life" é um drama para guardar ao lado dos sagrados.
Richard Harris overstayed his welcome in my house - this would have been 4 stars if it lost 30 minutes or so, I reckon. But perhaps director Lindsay Anderson meant for Harris's performance to feel like an intrusion? After all, his modus operandi in the film is to push for what he wants, getting in everyone's face, whether he's wanted or not (and he manages to make himself unwanted). Of course, there's probably no blaming Frank Machin (the character's name) for wanting to use rugby to pull himself up out of the bleak British squalor (typical of producer Karel Reisz's own films) that he starts out in. But he's too blunt and overwrought to make a go of it, souring his chances and probably his life. Anderson would move on to other angry young men (notably in ...if).