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This Sporting Life


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Tonight's film in this season of British films by some of the distinguished directors and writers who brought a new style to the cinema in the 60s. starring
Richard Harris , Rachel Roberts with Alan Badel
William Hartnell , Colin Blakely
The progress of Rugby League player Frank Machin is a chronicle of jubilation and despair. His success on the field is not matched in his private life with his unsuccessful attempts to win the trust and affection of an introverted widow.
Writer David Storey , director Lindsay Anderson , producer Karel Reisz , and actors Rachel Roberts and Richard Harris are in perfect harmony in this brilliant tale of an impossible love affair set in a northern industrial town.
There are some remarkable supporting performances from Alan Badel and and his wife who sponsor Machin, and Director LINDSAY ANDERSON
(Rachel Roberts interview and This Week's Films: page 11)


Unknown: Richard Harris
Unknown: Rachel Roberts
Unknown: Alan Badel
Unknown: William Hartnell
Unknown: Colin Blakely
Unknown: Frank MacHin
Unknown: David Storey
Director: Lindsay Anderson
Producer: Karel Reisz
Unknown: Rachel Roberts
Unknown: Richard Harris
Unknown: Alan Badel
Director: Lindsay Anderson
Unknown: Rachel Roberts
the industrialist: Vanda Godsell
hanger-on: William Hartnell
Machin's friend.: Colin Blakely
Frank Machin: Richard Harris
Mrs Hammond: Rachel Roberts
Weaver: Alan Badel
Johnson: William Hartnell
Maurice Braithwaite: Colin Blakely
Mrs Weaver: Vanda Godsell
Judith: Anne Cunningham
Len Miller: Jack Watson
Slomer: Arthurlowe
Wade: Harry Markham
Jeff: George Sewell
Phillips: Leonard Rossiter
Dentist: Frank Windsor

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