This Sporting Life


Action / Drama / Sport

This Sporting Life (1963) download yts

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 87%
IMDb Rating 7.9 10 4449  


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Richard Harris as Frank Machin
Edward Fox as Restaurant Barman
William Hartnell as 'Dad' Johnson
Glenda Jackson as Singer At Party
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925.33 MB
Not Rated
23.976 fps
2hr 14 min
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1.95 GB
Not Rated
23.976 fps
2hr 14 min
P/S Unknown

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by RobertF87 8 / 10

One of the Best of the "Kitchen Sink" Films

"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.

Reviewed by Himadri Chatterjee 10 / 10

Stark and uncompromising

Set in the working class environs of Northern England (Yorkshire), this is a
stark and uncompromising film. Richard Harris gives a performance of a lifetime as a rugby player who, both on and off the field of play, seems able to express himself only through violence.

Lindsay Anderson directs wonderfully, insisting on gritty realism, and stripping everything of any hint of cinematic glamour. Unlike the French "nouvelle vague", Anderson wasn't interested in technique for its own sake: he was more concerned with actual substance. Here, he explores the depths of the characters, and their relationships with each other; and, in particular, their emotions, which are volcanic. Never have such naked passions been portrayed on screen with such power. One feels somewhat drained by the end.

Something was happening in the British cinema in the 60s. Where did it all disappear?

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