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This Sporting Life 1963

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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.
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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.
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Having seen the film several times I can relate to the lifestyle of the characters, I was a child in the sixties and my memories of life back then are reflected in the atmostsphere that the film generates.nnI have read various comments about the film looking dated, and yes it does, but it is a true reflection on life at that time.nnIt is also a great historical piece as many of the towns and sports arena's used in the film have changed drastically or no longer exist.nnI particularly remember the MECCA social club in Wakefield and the various coffee bars that surrounded it, Belle Vue where the Rugby League scenes were shot has stayed remarkably unchanged over the years and I still enjoy the atmostsphere as I watch my favourite team Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.nnTo see the massive cooling towers in the background stirs memories of being there on a Saturday afternoon with my late Father Norman.nnI have a real soft spot for this film and I'm sorry that I have concentrated on my memories rather than the films content.
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Richard Harris

Frank Machin

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Rachel Roberts

Mrs. Margaret Hammond

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Alan Badel

Gerald Weaver

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William Hartnell

'Dad' Johnson

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Colin Blakely

Maurice Braithwaite

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Vanda Godsell

Mrs Anne Weaver

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Anne Cunningham

Judith

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Jack Watson

Len Miller

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Arthur Lowe

Charles Slomer

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Harry Markham

Wade

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George Sewell

Jeff

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Leonard Rossiter

Phillips, Sports Writer

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Katherine Parr

Mrs Farrer

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Bernadette Benson

Lynda Hammond

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Andrew Nolan

Ian Hammond

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Peter Duguid

Doctor

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Wallas Eaton

Waiter

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Anthony Woodruff

Tom, Head Waiter

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Michael Logan

Riley

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Murray Evans

Hooker

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Tom Clegg

Gower

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Ken Traill

Trainer

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Frank Windsor

Dentist

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John Gill

Cameron

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Edward Fox

Restaurant Barman (uncredited)

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Glenda Jackson

Singer at Party (uncredited)

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Roy Lansford

Man in Pub (Uncredited)

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Bryan Mosley

Man in Bar (uncredited)

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Anton Rodgers

Restaurant Customer (uncredited)

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