This Sporting Life
- 2 hr 14 min
The Sporting Life is a 1963 sports drama. Richard Harris and Rachel Roberts star and Lindsay Anderson directed the movie. Harris won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival.The story centers on a rugby player named Frank Machin who is more successful in his sporting life than in his romantic life. Machin is a young coal miner from Yorkshire. He has a aggressive and bitter outlook on life. A local rugby manager is attracted by Machin’s aggressive personality and thinks that he can turn Machin into a rugby player. Machin proves to be brutal and successful on the rugby field. This is a gritty and realistic working class drama, Harris is perfect as the bitter and socially inept Machin.