DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Audio commentary featuring Paul Ryan and David Storey
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Lindsay Anderson: Lucky Man? (2004, 30min.) documentary
  • New video interview with Lois Sutcliffe Smith, Anderson’s close friend
  • Meet The Pioneers (1948, 33 min), Anderson’s 1st doc short
  • Wakefield Express (1952, 30 min.) Anderson’s short-film
  • Is That All There Is? (1992, 50 min.), Anderson’s autobiographical, final film
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard

One of the finest British films ever made, this benchmark of “kitchen-sink realism” follows the self-defeating professional and romantic pursuits of a miner turned rugby player eking out an existence in drab Yorkshire. With an astonishing, raging performance by a young Richard Harris, an equally blistering turn by fellow Oscar nominee Rachel Roberts as the widow with whom he lodges, and electrifying direction by Lindsay Anderson, in his feature-film debut following years of documentary work, This Sporting Life remains a dramatic powerhouse.

Actors:
  Rachel Roberts
  Richard Harris
  Colin Blakely
  Alan Badel
  William Hartnell

Writers:
  David Storey

Producers:
  Karel Reisz

Directors:
  Lindsay Anderson