This Sporting Life (1963) was a Drama - Sports Film directed by Lindsay Anderson and produced by Karel Reisz, Leslie Parkyn and Julian Wintle.
Academy Awards 1963 --- Ceremony Number 36 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Richard Harris||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Rachel Roberts||Nominated|
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This Sporting Life Directed by Lindsay Anderson Written by David Storey 1963/UK Independent Artists;Julian Wyntle/Leslie Parklyn Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Mrs. Anne Weaver: What *do* you have? Frank Machin: People like me. It’s hard to find love when you are filled with rage... Read full article
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When Richard Harris is roughed up behind the scrum, rugby league legend Derek Turner, who was playing the character who punches him, was asked by the director to make the contact look real. So he did. He punched Harris for real and knocked him out completely, shooting for the day had to be stopped while Harris recovered.
In a scene in a nightclub, a young woman sings the Helen Shapiro hit "Walking Back to Happiness". She was 21-year-old mill-girl, Kim Leslie, from Pudsey. Producer Karel Reisz needed a Yorkshire woman for a small singing part in the film and advertised in the local papers. Within a few hours of the adverts appearing, 200 women had applied, from which a shortlist of four was selected. When these four women performed at the Wakefield Trinity rugby ground, the loudness of the crowd's applause was measured and Kim Leslie's performance was chosen.
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