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This Sporting Life (Criterion) (1963)

Cast: Richard Harris, Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, more...
Director: Lindsay Anderson, Lindsay Anderson
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Classics, Drama, Sports Drama, Classic Drama, British Drama, Criterion Collection
Languages: English
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This Sporting Life (Criterion) (1963)
Adapted by David Storey from his own novel, This Sporting Life stars Richard Harris as Frank, an athletic coal miner who aspires to the greener pastures of professional rugby. Soon establishing himself as one of the most brutal and arrogant players in the business, Frank begins to amass a fortune. He also falls in love with his landlady, Mrs. Hammond (Rachel Roberts), who initially resists his advances. When she finally gives in, their relationship hinges on sex alone, as Frank practically begs Mrs. Hammond to give of herself emotionally and she remains incapable. At the wedding ceremony for one of Frank's teammates, Mrs. Hammond unexpectedly lashes out at her swaggering lover. They split up, but Frank, who until now has equated happiness with wealth, is unable to get over the permanent loss. In the end, with nothing else left, all of Frank's self-worth becomes contingent on his rugby performances, though Frank and the other players are exploited to such a degree that this also proves disastrous. Widely regarded as one of the finest British feature films ever produced, the gritty and bleak This Sporting Life not only marked former documentary filmmaker Lindsay Anderson's first feature, but became one of the harbingers of the "Angry Young Man" school of filmmaking. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

This Sporting Life (Criterion) (Bonus Disc) (1963)
Adapted by David Storey from his own novel, This Sporting Life stars Richard Harris as Frank, an athletic coal miner who aspires to the greener pastures of professional rugby. Soon establishing himself as one of the most brutal and arrogant players in the business, Frank begins amassing a fortune. He also takes on a mistress, played by Rachel Roberts; their relationship hinges on sex alone, with little emotional involvement from either party. At the wedding ceremony for one of Frank's teammates, she unexpectedly lashes out at her swaggering lover. They split up, but Frank, who until now has equated happiness with wealth, is unable to get over her. In his first dramatic feature, former documentary filmmaker Lindsay Anderson illustrates his oft-repeated thesis that an individual must look within himself in order to change his lot in life; by the end of the film, Frank looks within himself at long last. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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