This Sporting Life Movie Review 1963

Information and Film Reviews for This Sporting Life the Movie

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A gritty, depressing portrait of former coal miner Frank Machin (Harris), who breaks into the violent world of professional rugby, and whose inability to handle social differences causes problems. He begins an affair with widow Mrs. Hammond (Roberts), from whom he rents a room, but finds they are capable of only a physical attachment. One of the best of the British early '60s working-class angry young man melodramas.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 134 minutes.
Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Wrong Side of the Tracks, Sports Dramas
David Storey
Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell, Colin Blakely, Vanda Godsell, Arthur Lowe
Denys Coop
Lindsay Anderson
Roberto Gerhard
Independent Artists, J. Arthur Rank


British Acad. 1963: Actress (Roberts); Cannes 1963: Actor (Harris).

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