This Sporting Life (1963) 2 x DVD9 Criterion Collection
Tough coal miner Frank Machin (Richard Harris) rooms in the house of the widowed Mrs. Margaret Hammond (Rachel Roberts) and is frustrated by her indifference to his advances: she remains devoted to her dead husband. Frank bulls his way into a lucrative spot on a professional Rugby team and meets several new people. The club scout "Dad" Johnson (William Hartnell, TV's original Dr. Who) dotes on Frank. Club owners Gerald Weaver and Charles Slomer (Alan Badel & Arthur Lowe) consider how best to exploit him. Teammates Maurice Braithwaite and Len Miller (Colin Blakely and Jack Watson) find it difficult to consider a life beyond the playing field and all-night parties. Frank tries his best to win Margaret's affections. She's unimpressed by his new car but slowly allows Frank into her personal life -- which only leads to more unhappiness.

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 02:14:18
7.11 Gb + 6.59 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English (Dolby AC3, 1 ch)
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Sport

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Cast: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell, Colin Blakely
Country: UK

• 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

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