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This Sporting Life (1963)

Cast: Richard Harris, Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, more...
Director: Lindsay Anderson, Lindsay Anderson
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Sports Drama, British Drama, UK, Sports, Sports Drama
Running Time: 134 min.
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Synopsis
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

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The Art of Richard Harris by DLeonard October 25, 2002 - 4:29 PM PDT
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7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
With his recent passing, folks will be taking a look at the films of Richard Harris. Except for his work over the last decade, very little is available on DVD. However, the great exception to this is his first leading role and Oscar nominated performance in This Sporting Life. Director Lindsay Anderson started his career in documentaries and it shows here in his portrayal of a working class stiff who achieves fame on the rugby field through brutality. Harris's performance is intense and the relationship between his character and Rachel Roberts's is touching and scary in it's frankness. There's no better place to start if you want to take a look at the art of Richard Harris.




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