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This Sporting Life

This Sporting Life

1963
Drama
2h 14m
In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver (imdb)
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This Sporting Life

1963
Drama
2h 14m
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Rated 17 Jan 2007
84
81st
A stark, bleak downer of a film, centered around a relationship obviously doomed from the start. There really isn't a single bright moment to be found, and Anderson lets every depressing moment play out in harsh realism. Richard Harris is superb in the lead, seething with brutality and frustration like a British Brando. The narrative, told partly in flashback, does occasionally make the chronology confusing.
Rated 13 Aug 2020
60
50th
I'm not crazy about Harris' performance, and it's difficult to understand why he has so great affection for Roberts' character, but it's a solid character piece nevertheless.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
70
82nd
Excellent film.
Rated 25 Jan 2009
82
79th
Tale of brutish ambition and the inevitable damage wrought on the fragile people and objects it hopes to possess. Harris is outstanding in his savage and frustrated attempts to express himself. Anderson composes some starkly beautiful shots and also incorporates some effective rugby league scenes.
Rated 19 Nov 2008
5
80th
Probably the best that these early British social realism films had to offer.
Rated 16 Dec 2010
84
77th
Great character study buoyed by fantastic performances and unrelenting direction. The non linear narrative felt unnecessarily confusing but, with the strength lying in the emotions of the characters and harsh ambiance, it wasn't a big problem.
Rated 24 Aug 2008
80
74th
Maybe about half an hour too long (although having said that, I don't know what I'd cut out of it). Melodramatic bursts of music at the start and finish. We also get to (or have to) hear Harris warming up for "MacArthur Park" several years later.
Rated 10 Jan 2012
72
42nd
I had high hopes for this one - however I was a little underwhelmed by the cinematic style. I can get behind the idea of British free cinema, as long as I don't have to watch any more of them.
Rated 06 Apr 2012
90
89th
Really well-made film with a tour-de-force performance (possibly an all-time great) by Richard Harris.
Rated 27 Nov 2023
85
78th
O pranto de um ídolo estreava há 60 anos na Turquia. Richard Harris sempre me lembrou Marlon Brando, seja fisicamente, seja nas nuances da atuação, acho que aqui a proximidade é evidente e a força animal por trás disso só engrandece o filme. Box Versátil British New Wave volume 2.
Rated 20 Oct 2016
33
29th
Richard Harris imitating Brando and hitting women isn't nearly as compelling or pathos-laden as Anderson seems to think it is. Hard to believe this is the same guy who made O Lucky Man.
Rated 11 May 2010
73
79th
It has a lot of clarity... which sometimes almost makes it blunt or melodramatic, but which may also save the movie from pretentiousness. I guess it may be dark enough without obscuring anything on top of that. The excellent acting really helps it work.
Rated 12 Dec 2010
74
90th
Psychotic.

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