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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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Stark and uncompromising 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
Ken Cameron .... dubbing crew (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
 
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:
Feature film debut of Edward Fox.See more »
Quotes:
Frank Machin:We don't have stars in this game, Mrs Weaver, that's soccer.
Mrs. Anne Weaver:What *do* you have?
Frank Machin:People like me.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
For He's A Jolly Good FellowSee more »

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20 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Stark and uncompromising, 9 June 1999
Author: Himadri Chatterjee (himadri_c@yahoo.co.uk) from London, England

Set in the working class environs of Northern England (Yorkshire), this is a stark and uncompromising film. Richard Harris gives a performance of a lifetime as a rugby player who, both on and off the field of play, seems able to express himself only through violence.

Lindsay Anderson directs wonderfully, insisting on gritty realism, and stripping everything of any hint of cinematic glamour. Unlike the French "nouvelle vague", Anderson wasn't interested in technique for its own sake: he was more concerned with actual substance. Here, he explores the depths of the characters, and their relationships with each other; and, in particular, their emotions, which are volcanic. Never have such naked passions been portrayed on screen with such power. One feels somewhat drained by the end.

Something was happening in the British cinema in the 60s. Where did it all disappear?

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