This Sporting Life1963
This Sporting Life (1963)
Critic Consensus: Appropriately hard-hitting on narrative as well as physical levels, The Sporting Life remains a British "kitchen sink" classic that's beautiful to look at and leaves a lingering mark.
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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
This has its flaws and certainly its detractors but this dated British social-realist epic has a power to it.
The film is raw and confident, but it's a little shallow, too.
I can't think of a sport movie that is better photographed. The black and white cinematography is gorgeously stark, the perfect medium for this bleakly unforgiving tale.
This Sporting Life shrewdly anticipates modern Britain: a dour, yet thrilling and exhilarating film.
I'm tempted to see it as one of the strongest films of that period, every frame of which pulsates with drama, class confusion and erotic force.
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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