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This Sporting Life

Genres: Drama, Sports, Sports Drama, United Kingdom, Criterion Collection, 60s

Cast: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts

Director: Lindsay Anderson

Synopsis: One of the finest British films ever made, this benchmark of "kitchen-sink realism" follows the self-defeating professional and romantic pursuits of a miner turned rugby player eking out an existence in drab Yorkshire. With an astonishing, raging performance by a young Richard Harris, an equally blistering turn by fellow Oscar nominee Rachel Roberts as the widow with whom he lodges, and electrifying direction by Lindsay Anderson, in his feature-film debut following years of documentary work, THIS SPORTING LIFE remains a dramatic powerhouse.

Language: English

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Production Year: 1963


  • "A smashing victory. Lucid, realistic stuff...tough and genuine.", The New York Times


  • 1963: Nominee, Oscar, Best Actress, Academy
  • 1963: Nominee, Oscar, Best Actor, Academy

This Sporting Life
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