• This Sporting Life (2000)

This Sporting Life

Release Date: November 3rd, 2000

DVD Release Date: December 1st, 1998

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 14 min

Plot Summary

Yorkshire coal miner Frank Machin (Richard Harris) picks a fight in a club and subsequently finds himself being recruited for a rugby team. He's an unpolished player, but his aggressiveness, brutality and indifference to the rules of fair play impress the team owners. Suddenly a rising star, Frank despairs that his success on the playing field isn't equaled in his personal life. He loves a widowed, emotionally challenged landlady (Rachel Roberts) who's too damaged to return his feelings.

Cast: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel

Director: Lindsay Anderson

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Independent Artists Ltd., Julian Wintle/Leslie Parkyn Productions, The Rank Organization [gb]

Keywords: Underdog, 1950s, Brash, Rise

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Samuel Goldwyn International Award
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)
Nominated British Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)
Nominated Actress
Winner British Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)