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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 »
User Reviews:
Richard Harris does his best in this depressing drama. 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)

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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
It was William Hartnell's appearance in this film that brought him to the attention of Verity Lambert, producer of "Doctor Who" (1963).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:
Referenced in Doctor Who: Origins (2006) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Walking Back to HappinessSee more »

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34 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Richard Harris does his best in this depressing drama., 23 June 2004
Author: Cjc40 (Cjc40@frontiernet.net) from Rochester, New York

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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