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This Sporting Life [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell, Colin Blakely
  • Directors: Lindsay Anderson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jun. 2014
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00I0A2MF8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,361 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Richard Harris gives a career-best performance as the brutally competitive miner, strongly supported by Rachel Roberts as his bitter landlady, both of whom received Oscar nominations, with Roberts winning the BAFTA for Best British Actress. David Storey's compelling script was also BAFTA nominated, while director Lindsay Anderson was nominated for the Golden Palm for his unflinching look at working-class life set in the bleak landscape of Northern England. This Sporting Life is featured here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Miner Frank Machin lodges with a widow, Mrs. Hammond. His competitive nature and powerful physique cause him to join the local rugby team and, as his career progresses, so too his brutal nature distances him from those around him. Success - and perhaps a new sense of insecurity - seems to make Frank harsher and cruder...

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[] Four image galleries, including extensive promotional and behind-the-scenes shots
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[] Commemorative Booklet PDF by Film Historian David Rolinson

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Prolific British filmmaker Lindsay Anderson weaves this small, evocative tale of young life at the crossroads in early 1960s Northern England. A rough, sullen young man (Richard Harris) working in the local coal mines begins to make a name for himself as a star rugby player, but even as he begins to fall in love he cannot escape the harsh realities of the bleak life around him. The rugby sequences in the film are striking, but no more so than the depiction of downtrodden people living in the shadow of industry and corruption that too often crushes their spirit. Harris in one of his first roles, is remarkably effective as an unlikeable but sympathetic figure trying against hope to savour the small joys life has to offer, and the film also features the debut of renowned actress Glenda Jackson. One of a series of working-class, character-driven British imports, This Sporting Life is one of the best on the field. --Robert Lane --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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