This sporting life

Criterion Collection (Firm)

DVD - 2007

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.

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[Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection c2007.
Corporate Author
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Corporate Author
Criterion Collection (Firm) (-)
Other Authors
Lindsay Anderson, 1923-1994 (-), David Storey, 1933-
Special edition double-disc set ; widescreen
Item Description
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.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (134 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.66:1, enhanced) presentation; Dolby Digital mono., restored High-Definition digital transfer, NTSC.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Cannes Film Festival, 1963: Best Actor (Richard Harris)
Production Credits
Photography, Denys Coop ; editor, Peter Taylor ; music composer, Roberto Gerhard ; conductor, Jacques-Louis Monod.
  • Disc one: The film
  • Disc two: The supplements.
Review by Library Journal Review

Richard Harris delivers a powerhouse performance as Frank Machin, a Yorkshire coal miner who claws his way onto the city rugby team only to end up disillusioned with the fruits of his success. Rachel Roberts is searing as the bitter widow who spurns Frank's love in favor of the memory of her late husband. Lindsay Anderson (If-, O Lucky Man!) made his auspicious feature-film debut with this gritty drama. For all collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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