This Sporting Life

This Sporting Life

DVD - 2008
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Story of a coal miner's rise to become a professional rugby star. Includes commentary; interviews; documentary; booklet; and more
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, [2008]
Edition: Widescreen ed., special ed
ISBN: 9781604650112
1604650117
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (134 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (32 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Other Standard Identifier: 00715515027526
715515027526

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jonnybroom
Mar 14, 2016

Very gritty and intense look at the British rugby scene and an angry young man who can't get himself in focus, putting a widow through the ringer in the process.

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Nursebob
Feb 06, 2015

Richard Harris and Rachel Roberts are perfectly matched in this bleak working class drama about a well-meaning lout vainly trying to rise above his station in life. When a brash young miner is given the opportunity to make it big as a rugby star his reckless pursuit of fame and fortune threatens everything he ever valued, including the tenuous relationship he’d been forming with his widowed landlady. Harris’ character is a complex contradiction of arrogant cockiness and painful vulnerability that brings to mind a young Marlon Brando. Roberts portrays the grieving widow as a woman who yearns to be loved yet cannot let go of her husband’s memory, terrified to get close to another man lest he leave her as well. Their scenes together swing wildly from cold civility to frustrated outrage to a desperately intense passion. Anderson’s gritty B&W tragedy is beautifully filmed and its central story of a beleaguered Everyman raging against the forces that oppose him is ageless.

Green_Bird_203 Jan 21, 2014

Still powerful nearly a half century since it's made. Lifetime outstanding performance by Richard Harris.

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