Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie Spotlight. Location(s): Halifax, Wakefield, Yorkshire. It's still one of the finest of all films that uses sport both as a backdrop and as a metaphor and is one of the greatest of all 'kitchen-sink' movies. We are always looking for more location identifications, information, snippets, anecdotes or references. Until half way Laurence Olivier played quite a dashing gent before his change of fortune and gradual descent to the flop-house resulted in alienating the females who made up most of the audience. Instead, he plays an intensely sympathetic, lonely old man (Hartnell was only in his 50s when he took this role, another tribute to his ability as an actor), weak, and desperately pathetic. It's a simple life that is turned dramatic as the thick-skulled Frank spends his time grating those around him with his ambitions for the high life and for the still-grieving widow Margaret. However unlikely it may seem,Frank,fit young and virile sportsman that he is,fancies his landlady,an embittered,dried up widow with a mouth like a rattrap,and old enough to be his mother.Dark stuff this. Tonight I saw it on the small screen. Harris gives an even better performance than those two iconic actors in those two iconic roles. The male lead (Richard Harris) has his front teeth smashed up during the opening rugby match. The pic you have with the Clock Tower is actually on Drighlington Junior School – soon to be demolished! Because of the way Asda have altered things, it's very difficult to get exactly the same angle. The makers of "This sporting life" have failed to comprehend that in making a film highlighting the hypocrisy of middle class northerners exploiting the talent of their own working class they are looking into a mirror like Caliban.Either that or they are exercising an even greater hypocrisy of their own. Production Company: Rank. This Sporting Life (1963) Plot Summary (3) Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live. Machin lodges with Mrs Hammond, whose husband was killed in an accident at Weaver's, but his impulsive and angry nature stop him from being able to reach her as he would like. In spite of this it resulted in a fleet of treasures by directors of the ilk of Tony Richardson ("A Taste of Honey" and "The Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner"), John Schlesinger ("A Kind of Loving") and Karel Reisz ("Saturday Night and Sunday Morning") to name but a few. Watch Brando again, and compare his scene where he famously rages Stella to that where Harris pleads his love to Margaret in this film.
In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver. With Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell. When Richard Harris was roughed up behind the scrum, rugby league legend Derek Turner, who was playing the character who punches him, was asked by director Lindsay Anderson to make the contact look real. The visitor is a fictional representation of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. RobertF87 10 January 2005 "This Sporting Life" is one of the most famous of the British "kitchen sink" dramas of the 1950s and 1960s ("kitchen sink" films were very gritty, social realist films which were very popular in Britain at one time). | Thanks Dianne. It is just that as the, rather overlong, film continues we get less of the 'sporting life' and the 'dead end streets' and more of the 'love' story and rather clumsy stabs at class warfare. When these four women performed at the Wakefield Trinity rugby ground, the loudness of the crowd's applause was measured and Kim Leslie's performance was chosen. The wedding scenes were filmed here (wedding, whose wedding) so perhaps the same location was used for these scenes. As he rises within his own world, Frank has more resources and more opportunity but a strained affair with his landlady Margaret and his inability to shake off his basic roots see him frustrated and pained with his journey. Richard Harris became a star in movies as a result of his performance as Frank Machin, although the film itself was not a box-office hit despite generally favorable reviews. In drab early-1960s Wakefield, the volatile and aggressive young miner, Frank Machin, is determined to earn himself a place in the tough world of professional rugby and the local team. Taken from the car park of the Halifax Asda store, which now occupies the site of the former Thrum Hall Rugby League ground. His advances towards his landlady (Rachel Roberts), still grieving over the death of her husband, come to nought. Harris is profoundly convincing as the miner turned Rugby League player who pursues the arctic charms of his widowed landlady played with sublime restraint by the late Rachel Roberts.
In a scene in a nightclub, a young woman sings the Helen Shapiro hit "Walking Back to Happiness". A Cemetery, look at the chimney. The film features the second - and last - film score to be composed by Roberto Gerhard.
He uses his fame and fortune, along with physical violence, to try to force his widowed landlady (Rachel Roberts) to fall for him.Photographed in bleak black-and-white, the film's scenes of emotional and physical domestic violence are still shocking today. Our thanks to Tony Martin. Director: Lindsay Anderson Neither are made for each other so it is a tragic non-developmental situation from the start. Frank Machin (Richard Harris) is a brutal, young miner in a city in northern England. In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver. The Locarno - Wakefield ..'I used to go dancing there in the 60s it was where the Ridings shopping centre is now, the little lane is still there now leading to an entrance for the shopping centre.' Having seen the film several times I can relate to the lifestyle of the characters, I was a child in the sixties and my memories of life back then are reflected in the atmostsphere that the film generates. Another one from Tony Martin. An ambitious young accountant plots to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman. A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values. At the time of filming, Arthur Lowe and Anne Cunningham were appearing together in Coronation Street (1960) (1960). Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Wallas Eaton (18 February 1917 – 3 November 1995), sometimes credited as Wallace Eaton or Wallis Eaton, was an English film, radio, television and theatre actor.. Magnificent performances help make a painfully uncompromising film. His co-star is the great Rachel Roberts as the widowed landlady who takes Machin into her bed. Soundtracks. He punched Harris for real and knocked him out completely. | All this is fine and Richard Harris is fully believable as the film's angry young man. Machin lodges with Mrs Hammond, whose husband was killed in an accident at Weaver's, but his impulsive and angry nature stop him from being able to reach her as he would like. But while "Rocky" presents a fairly optimistic view of the world, this film is definitely of a darker nature. (1963). Features Rachel Roberts's only Oscar nominated performance.
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