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This Sporting Life
This Sporting Life

This Sporting Life 1963


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This Sporting Life 1963 12

134 mins United Kingdom Director. Lindsay Anderson

In this astonishingly powerful debut feature by Lindsay Anderson, Richard Harris is outstanding as a tormented rugby player looking for love but unable to express himself away from the rough brutality of the playing-field scrum. The unattainable object of his affections, withdrawn widower Margaret Hammond (brilliantly portrayed by Rachel Roberts), is similarly unable to articulate her emotions.

Whilst it was well received by contemporary critics, and acclaim has grown with passing decades, This Sporting Life failed at the box office when it was first released in 1963.Director Lindsay Anderson would find greater commercial success with his next feature, If…(1968).

Directed by

Lindsay Anderson


William Hartnell

Alan Badel

Rachel Roberts

Richard Harris




Eyes on the Prize Academy Awards Award Winning Classic Cannes Festival British Classics


12 Contains moderate sex and violence




United Kingdom



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