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This Sporting Life


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  This Sporting Life Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
 
Average Rating
7.54 /10
 
Starring
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
SPORTS
OVERRATED
   
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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