This Sporting Life

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Lindsay Anderson
Production: Continental
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.8
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
NOT RATED
Year:
1963
134 min
14 Views


Come on, open up!

What have you got in there?

Open up, you boss-eyed git.

Open up.

The Manager's expecting us.

Come on, Jeff.

Come on, open up!

Come on.

Excuse me.

Excuse me.

I'm with players.

I'm with players.

I didn't know it was you. Come in.

And now, the biggest moment

of the evening.

The winners of the

Freestyle Dance Contest,

Miss Evie Turner and

Mr. John Whittaker.

We've just been joined

by another winning team

we are proud of.

Our City Rugby League Team!

Come on, the City!

I'm going to ask a couple

of these famous

men present the winners

with their prizes.

Len Miller and

Maurice Braithwaite.

Come on, come on.

Just wait till I've finished.

Come on, Len.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Len Miller,

Captain of the City, and Maurice.

How do.

Now, ladies and gentlemen,

it's on with the dance.

General Excuse Me,

and may the best man win.

Excuse me.

Not this one.

He called a general Excuse Me.

Do you want a thumping, love?

Aye.

Come outside and Excuse Me there.

Hold on a minute.

Hold on!

You...

What's it all about?

You bastard!

I was meaning to ask.

What's that?

Your name is Johnson.

Aye, that's right.

You're a scout for the City.

You could say so.

Get me a trial.

Now, wait, wait a minute, lad.

Come see me play.

I need some cheering.

You can cheer yourself.

I won't freeze up there for an hour.

- A lot depends on it.

- You don't have to.

It's a job.

If they sign me, I might get

300-400 quid.

I'm sure they will.

That's the encouragement I need.

Come, I'd like you to come.

If I wanted to go, I would.

I don't want to.

Wish us luck, then.

All that's coming your way.

I don't wish for my luck.

I'll have to make do with my own.

That's it, Frank!

Well done, lad!

What's his name, Wade?

Machin. Frank Machin.

Charles is here.

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David Storey

David Malcolm Storey (13 July 1933 – 27 March 2017) was an English playwright, screenwriter, award-winning novelist and a professional rugby league player. He won the Booker Prize in 1976 for his novel Saville. He also won the MacMillan Fiction Award for This Sporting Life in 1960. more…

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