This Sporting Life
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One of the finest British films ever made, this benchmark of “kitchen-sink realism” follows the self-defeating professional and romantic pursuits of a miner turned rugby player eking out an existence in drab Yorkshire. With an astonishing, raging performance by a young Richard Harris, an equally blistering turn by fellow Oscar nominee Rachel Roberts as the widow with whom he lodges, and electrifying direction by Lindsay Anderson, in his feature-film debut following years of documentary work, This Sporting Life remains a dramatic powerhouse.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 17
- Fresh: 17
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 8.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Lindsay Anderson, making his debut as a feature director, brings the keen, observant eye of a documentary man to many vivid episodes without sacrificing the story line.
Fresh: It's impossible not to appreciate the remarkable performances (both Harris and Roberts were nominated for Oscars) or the realistic rugby scenes that earned Harris a broken leg.
Fresh: Probably the best crafted of the British 'kitchen sink' movies.
Fresh: The film is raw and confident, but it's a little shallow, too.