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This sporting life / Janus Films ; Granada International ; Rank Organisation presents Independent Artists ; a Julian Wintle and Leslie Parkyn production ; produced by Karel Reisz ; screenplay by David Storey ; directed by Lindsay Anderson.

Wintle, Julian, 1913-1980 (film producer.). Parkyn, Leslie, 1918-1983 (film producer.). Reisz, Karel, (film producer.). Anderson, Lindsay, 1923-1994 (film director.). Ryan, Paul, (commentator.). Harris, Richard, 1930-2002 (actor.). Roberts, Rachel, 1927-1980 (actor.). Badel, Alan, (actor.). Hartnell, William, 1908-1975 (actor.). Blakely, Colin, (actor.). Godsell, Vanda, 1922-1990 (actor.). Cunningham, Anne, (actor.). Watson, Jack, 1915-1999 (actor.). Loew, Arthur M., 1897-1977 (actor.). Markham, Harry, (actor.). Sinyard, Neil, (writer of supplementary textual content.). Storey, David, 1933- Motion picture adaptation of (work): This sporting life. (Added Author). Storey, David, 1933- (screenwriter.). Janus Films, (production company.). Granada International (Firm), (production company.). Rank Organisation, (production company.). Criterion Collection (Firm), (distribution company.). Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell, Colin Blakely, Vanda Godsell, Anne Cunningham, Jack Watson, Arthur Lowe, Harry Markham. (Cast).
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Criterion collection ; 417.
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781604650112
  • ISBN: 1604650117
  • Physical Description: 2 videodiscs (134 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 inches + 1 booklet (32 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.)
  • Edition: 1963 motion picture release.
  • Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2008]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Based on the novel by David Storey.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1963.
Special features include: Disc one: Audio commentary featuring Paul Ryan and screenwriter David Storey; theatrical trailer. Disc two: "Lindsay Anderson: lucky man?" (2004) documentary; new video interview with Anderson's first producer and close friend Lois Sutcliffe Smith; "Meet the pioneers" (1948), Anderson's first film; "Wakefield express" (1952), an early documentary; "Is that all there is?" (1993), Anderson's autobiographical final film ; plus, a booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard and an article by Anderson from 1963.
Formatted Contents Note:
Disc one: The film -- Disc two: The supplements.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Photographer, Denys Coop ; editor, Peter Taylor ; music composer, Roberto Gerhard ; conductor, Jacques-Louis Monod ; art director, Alan Withy ; camera operator, John Harris.
Participant or Performer Note:
Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell, Colin Blakely, Vanda Godsell, Anne Cunningham, Jack Watson, Arthur Lowe, Harry Markham.
Summary, etc.:
Northern England, the early 1960's. Frank Machin is a coal miner who is mean, tough and ambitious enough to rise up and become an immediate professional rugby star. The rugby league team is 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. His situation is not helped by the more straightforward enticements of Mrs Weaver.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
System Details Note:
DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.66:1, enhanced) presentation; Dolby Digital monophonic, restored High-Definition digital transfer, NTSC.
Language Note:
English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired.
Awards Note:
Cannes Film Festival, 1963: Best Actor (Richard Harris)
Subject: Rugby League football players > England > Yorkshire > Drama.
Working class men > Psychology > Drama.
Widows > Drama.
Coal miners > Drama.
Social classes > Great Britain > Drama.
Ambition > Drama.
Man-woman relationships > Drama.
Motion pictures > England.
Genre: Sports films.
Film adaptations.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

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