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534 Ratings

This Sporting Life

Directed by Lindsay Anderson
United Kingdom, 1963
Drama, Sport


Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live.

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This Sporting Life Directed by Lindsay Anderson

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1963 | Winner: Best Actor

Academy Awards

1964 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1963 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1964 | Winner: Best British Actress

1964 | 4 nominations including: Best British Actor

Critics reviews

Resnaisian editing brings us into their relationship without preamble, and the images drop us into the spaces between them, seeing each with the other, creating fragmentary sequences of formal and emotional weight.
December 14, 2017
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