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This Sporting Life

5

This sporting classic from 1965...

Richard Harris bagged Cannes’ Best Actor and an Oscar nom for this titanic turn as Frank Machin, the cocksure Yorkshire rugby player who thrusts his way through Lindsay Anderson’s startling feature debut.

Produced by Karel Reisz (director of that other landmark kitchen-sinker Saturday Night And Sunday Morning), it’s an evocative portrait of British working-class life. Harris is sensational, but so is Rachel Roberts (also Oscar-nommed) as Frank’s embittered landlady-cum-lover.

It might lack the surreal touches of Anderson’s If.… and O Lucky Man!, but rarely has a film so perfectly captured male aggression, on and off the field.

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