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This Sporting Life (1963)

 





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This Sporting Life (1963, UK)

In this British sports drama by director Lindsay Anderson:

  • the opening post-credit sequence of a brutal rugby scrum between players
  • the monologue of celebrity Rugby League pro footballer Frank Machin (Richard Harris) delivered to friend/teammate Maurice Braithwaite (Colin Blakely) about the perception that he was "a great ape on a football field"
  • his starved, romantic needs for love from his suppressed, icy landlady Mrs. Hammond (Rachel Roberts)

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