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Director:
Writers:
David Storey (screenplay) and
David Storey (novel)
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Release Date:
January 1963 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Insolently sublime masterpiece See more (62 total) »

Cast

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Richard Harris ... Frank Machin

Rachel Roberts ... Mrs. Margaret Hammond
Alan Badel ... Gerald Weaver

William Hartnell ... 'Dad' Johnson
Colin Blakely ... Maurice Braithwaite
Vanda Godsell ... Mrs. Anne Weaver
Anne Cunningham ... Judith
Jack Watson ... Len Miller

Arthur Lowe ... Charles Slomer
Harry Markham ... Wade
George Sewell ... Jeff

Leonard Rossiter ... Phillips, Sports writer
Katherine Parr ... Mrs. Farrer
Bernadette Benson ... Lynda Hammond
Andrew Nolan ... Ian Hammond
Peter Duguid ... Doctor
Wallas Eaton ... Waiter
Anthony Woodruff ... Tom, Headwaiter
Michael Logan ... Riley
Murray Evans ... Hooker
Tom Clegg ... Gower
Ken Traill ... Trainer
Frank Windsor ... Dentist
John Gill ... Cameron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Edward Fox ... Restaurant Barman (uncredited)

Glenda Jackson ... Singer At Party (uncredited)
Graham Roberts ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Anton Rodgers ... Restaurant Customer (uncredited)
David Storey ... Rugby Player (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lindsay Anderson 
 
Writing credits
David Storey (screenplay)

David Storey  novel

Produced by
Leslie Parkyn .... co-executive producer
Karel Reisz .... producer
Julian Wintle .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Roberto Gerhard 
 
Cinematography by
Denys N. Coop (photographed by) (as Denys Coop)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Taylor 
 
Art Direction by
Alan Withy 
 
Costume Design by
Sophie Devine (dresses)
 
Makeup Department
Ivy Emmerton .... hairdresser
Bob Lawrance .... makeup artist (as Bob Lawrence)
 
Production Management
Albert Fennell .... in charge of production
Geoffrey Haine .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Sturgis .... assistant director
Ken Softley .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Claude Watson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Peter Lamont .... set dresser
Ernie Quick .... propertyman
E.W. Brister .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Eric Saw .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Chris Greenham .... sound editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist
Ron Butcher .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Ken Cameron .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Trevor Carless .... boom assistant (uncredited)
Tony Cripps .... boom operator (uncredited)
Frank Sloggett .... sound assistant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Charles Staffell .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Harris .... camera operator
Neil Binney .... focus puller (uncredited)
Christopher Neame .... camera assistant (uncredited)
George Courtney Ward .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Miriam Brickman .... casting
 
Editorial Department
Tom Priestley .... assistant editor
Philip Baker .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jacques-Louis Monod .... musical director
Gary Hughes .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pamela Mann .... continuity
Malcolm Taylor .... dialogue coach
 

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Runtime:
134 min | West Germany:122 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | UK:12A (2009) | UK:AA (re-rating) (1970) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Frank Machin:[to scantily clad nightclub singer] Eh love, show us your personality!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Here In My HeartSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Insolently sublime masterpiece, 4 September 2006
Author: jharna

This title mostly stays obscurely distant to the wider audience, which is utterly sad, almost as the movie itself. "This sporting life" marks era of the British New Wave, but it is somehow off the French mellow tracks. Frank Machin is rude and robust, just like the circumstances of time and place. After swift uplift of cinematic themes, which almost totally set WWII into background, 1960ies made Brits turn the mirror inwards. Medium of film was open for investigating and reflecting what hides in one's inner and where could it lead. In circle, surely, as well-tried French recipe of the era already settled the never-ending mental pattern.

This is basically a love story, a tale of two fairly different people joined in their solitude. They glide through scenery of urban and mental squalor, wonderfully photographed by Denys N. Coop. Shades of the mind are so aptly blended with interiors and every feeling convincingly underlined by many (but never one too many) close-ups. By my account, the only moment which was superfluous happened in the fancy restaurant: Frank taking Margaret and her new fur-coat to dinner to a place that was never intended for them. Frank's rawness in the situation was a bit over the top, movie could have well done without it, or at least with having it toned down.

Nevertheless, poetry is inevitable. Lindsay Anderson managed to draw tenuity out of time, places and persons who struggled against each other. Finale offered the only possible solution: For those who stayed – "after all…tomorrow is another day."

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