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This Sporting Life (1963)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  January 1963 (UK)
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In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver. Machin lodges ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mrs. Margaret Hammond
Alan Badel ...
Gerald Weaver
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'Dad' Johnson
Colin Blakely ...
Maurice Braithwaite
Vanda Godsell ...
Mrs. Anne Weaver
Anne Cunningham ...
Judith
Jack Watson ...
Len Miller
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Charles Slomer
Harry Markham ...
Wade
George Sewell ...
Jeff
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Phillips, Sports writer
Katherine Parr ...
Mrs. Farrer
Bernadette Benson ...
Lynda Hammond
Andrew Nolan ...
Ian Hammond
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In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver. Machin lodges with Mrs Hammond, whose husband was killed in an accident at Weaver's, but his impulsive and angry nature stop him from being able to reach her as he would like. He becomes increasingly frustrated with his situation, and this is not helped by the more straightforward enticements of Mrs Weaver. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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January 1963 (UK)  »

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In a scene in a nightclub, a young woman sings the Helen Shapiro hit "Walking Back to Happiness". She was 21-year-old mill-girl, Kim Leslie, from Pudsey. Producer Karel Reisz needed a Yorkshire woman for a small singing part in the film and advertised in the local papers. Within a few hours of the adverts appearing, 200 women had applied, from which a shortlist of four was selected. When these four women performed at the Wakefield Trinity rugby ground, the loudness of the crowd's applause was measured and Kim Leslie's performance was chosen. See more »

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Frank Machin: [to scantily clad nightclub singer] Eh love, show us your personality!
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Richard Harris does his best in this depressing drama.
23 June 2004 | by (Rochester, New York) – See all my reviews

Richard Harris; although one of his best works, plays the rugby man always lusting after the widowed Mrs.Hammond, Rachel Roberts. The two act together until the end which ends in tragedy, but nonetheless, you must see this movie because Richard Harris was nominated for an Academy Award as was Rachel Roberts.If you are not in a mood for a sad ending to your day, save this until morning; it is not for the light hearted. Nonetheless, it is regarded as a classic and is also a movie where Richard Harris is playing a part that was actually something to him. Before getting tuberculosis at age 19, he was a professional rugby player. He regarded this as one of his best movies. It is also one of his earliest movies, so you can think about how young "that Dumbledore guy" was. ---He even sings a song in this movie; long before he knew his career would take him into the singing business. Also something to look forward to in the movie. Anyway, highly recommended!

Camelot and The Field are also two Richard Harris must-sees.


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