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This Sporting Life

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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
7.54 /10
Richard Harris , Rachel Roberts , Alan Badel
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Directed by: Lindsay Anderson
Written by: David Storey from his own novel

Released: 1963
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: GB
Colour: BW
Length: 134

Miner (Richard Harris, pictured right with Rachel Roberts) finds success as a rugby player, but his macho tendencies prevent him finding peace of mind.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Lindsay Anderson's first feature film has an aura of documentary realism and is well-acted; and these strengths led to some extravagantly favourable reviews. It doesn't look as impressive today. The two leading characters are irritatingly self-destructive, and their world is so dourly depressing that it's hard to watch, let alone become involved. There's something anti-climactic about the film's message, which is muddled but seems to amount to that good old liberal standby "Only connect".

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