This Sporting Life

This Sporting Life

Directed by Lindsay Anderson • 1963 • United Kingdom
Starring Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel

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.

This Sporting Life
  • This Sporting Life

    Directed by Lindsay Anderson • 1963 • United Kingdom
    Starring Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel

    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 exi...

Extras

  • Meet the Pioneers

    In 1948, the managing director of the Richard Sutcliffe Limited company was looking to record its origins and processes. Desmond Sutcliffe and his wife, Lois, an acquaintance of Lindsay Anderson’s, chose the young critic. The result is an insightful record of industry and the working class that, ...

  • Lois Sutcliffe Smith on Lindsay Anderson

    Lois Sutcliffe Smith, who gave THIS SPORTING LIFE director Lindsay Anderson his first opportunity in filmmaking with MEET THE PIONEERS, remained a close friend of Lindsay’s. This video interview with Smith was recorded in March 2007 in London.