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This Sporting Life

Lindsay Anderson

 
This Sporting Life (Criterion DVD)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1963
  • 134 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #417

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.

Cast

Frank Machin Richard Harris
Mrs. HammondRachel Roberts
WeaverAlan Badel
JohnsonWilliam Hartnell
Maurice Braithwaite Colin Blakely
Mrs. WeaverVanda Godsell
JudithAnne Cunningham
Len MillerJack Watson
SlomerArthur Lowe
WadeHarry Markham

Credits

DirectorLindsay Anderson
Based on the novel byDavid Storey
ProducerKarel Reisz
ScreenplayDavid Storey
CinematographyDenys Coop
MusicRoberto Gerhard
Conducted byJacques-Louis Monod
Art directionAlan Withy
EditingPeter Taylor

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary featuring Paul Ryan, editor of Never Apologise: The Collected Writings of Lindsay Anderson, and David Storey, screenwriter and author of This Sporting Life
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Lindsay Anderson: Lucky Man? (2004), a short documentary from BBC Scotland featuring interviews with many of the director’s friends and collaborators
  • New video interview with Anderson’s first producer and close friend Lois Sutcliffe Smith
  • Meet the Pioneers (1948), Anderson’s first film, a documentary short about a mining engineering firm
  • Wakefield Express (1952), an early documentary by Anderson about the town that later served as the setting for This Sporting Life
  • Is That All There Is? (1992), Anderson’s autobiographical final film
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard and an article by Anderson from 1963

    New cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays

This Sporting Life: The Lonely Heart

By Neil SinyardJanuary 21, 2008

Midway through David Storey’s novel This Sporting Life, published in 1960, the widow Mrs. . . . Read more »

Web Exclusives

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Flashback: Lindsay Anderson

By Peter CowieMay 14, 2014

The author recalls his meetings and correspondence with the uncompromisingly independent . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

Lindsay Anderson Directs

August 03, 2010


Clippings

ALL IN GOOD SPORT

May 31, 2009

Apparently, things were as rough on the set of Lindsay Anderson’s This Sporting Life as they . . . Read more »


Film Essays

This Sporting Life: The Lonely Heart

By Neil SinyardJanuary 21, 2008

Midway through David Storey’s novel This Sporting Life, published in 1960, the widow Mrs. . . . Read more »