#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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. 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.
Plot: 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.
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Down to earth and brilliant
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.
I have read various comments about the film looking dated, and yes it does, but it is a true reflection on life at that time.
It is also a great historical piece as many of the towns and sports arena’s used in the film have changed drastically or no longer exist.
I particularly remember the MECCA social club in Wakefield and the various coffee bars that surrounded it, Belle Vue where the Rugby League scenes were shot has stayed remarkably unchanged over the years and I still enjoy the atmostsphere as I watch my favourite team Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
To see the massive cooling towers in the background stirs memories of being there on a Saturday afternoon with my late Father Norman.
I have a real soft spot for this film and I’m sorry that I have concentrated on my memories rather than the films content.
Lindsay Anderson’s powerful debut
Kitchen-sink realism has been a genre that has always been popular in Britain, having a warts and all look at working class live. With his first fictional feature Lindsay Anderson looks a life in live in a Yorkshire Mining town, with it’s grim style repeated in films like Kes, Nil by Mouth and This is England.
Richard Harris plays Frank Machin, a tough and rough coal miner who gets a chance to play for his local rugby league club. He impresses, making friends with the club scout ‘Dad’ Johnson (William Hartnell) and follow player Maurice Braithwaite (Colin Blakely). He quickly gets signed up, becomes a local celebrity and stars buying luxuries like a new car. He also lounges with Margret Hammond (Rachel Roberts), a widower with two young children. She resents that Frank made more money for signing for a rugby club then she got for her husband’s death. But Frank is good with her kids and a romance blossoms between the two of them. But his fame and rough nature affect any affection between them.
This Sporting Life has a number of strengths: as a simple sports movie there is enough there, with excellently filmed rugby scenes and there is an examination of the sport, the club structure, fame and minor forms of wealth and the social club/drinking culture of the people. There are good and bad aspects of sporting success. But This Sporting Life is mainly about Frank who can be both a decent man and at times a horrible man. The focus is on Frank both as a sports man who want to be more then just a ordinary life and his personal life, looking for love but does it in the worst possible way. He is good with children but he does not exactly say no to the ladies. This was a brilliant performance by Harris and he was equally matched by Roberts.
Anderson does not hold back in his direction. He shows that rugby is a tough, dirty sport and that it entertainment for the masses. People did get hurt. Anderson also shows the wider nature of working class live, with some people living normal lives, but others not happy with there lot. The areas in the film is shown to be dirty and gritty and there are strong themes of emotional and physical abuse. The black and white camera makes the film look bleak and he understands the industrial nature of these towns with factories and power stations littering the landscape. This was a raw film with a effective use of real locations. Anderson was able to mix flashbacks and real-time to great use, showing Frank rise as a sporting star and his relationship with the people in the past to his present downfall.
The one major criticism is the film is too long and should have been under two hours.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 14 min (134 min), 2 hr 2 min (122 min) (West Germany)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Sport
Director Lindsay Anderson
Writer David Storey
Actors Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel
Country United Kingdom
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. 4 wins & 10 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm