This Sporting Life (1963)

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Genre: Film & Animation

Family friendly? Yes

Wilson score: 0.942

Rating: 4.8552 / 5

Engagement: 0.68%

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Shared July 9, 2015

Subtitles added. Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations (Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Cannes ... )
From its virtuoso opening shot of a rugby scrum -- from the bottom, looking up -- to its final emotionally draining moments, This Sporting Life is a captivating, visceral film experience.
Set in early 1960s Northern England, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver. 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. He becomes increasingly frustrated with his situation, and this is not helped by the more straightforward enticements of Mrs Weaver.