This Sporting Life

This Sporting Life
  • 1963
  • UK
  • 2h 13min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lindsay Anderson
  • Written by: David Storey
  • Cast: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell

Based on David Storey's powerful novel (which Storey himself adapted for the screen), 'This Sporting Life' tells the dyspeptic, bitterly pessimistic tale of Frank Machin (Harris), a mean, tough, ambitious rugby player who wreaks havoc and bad humour in his small northern town. A stunning debut by anyone's standards, the film made stars out of then young Welsh actors Harris and Roberts, she in particular never surpassing the work she did here.

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