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Staff Pick of the Day

This Sporting Life

Directed by Lindsay Anderson

Psychological Drama, Sports Drama - 134 Minutes - 1963

A hard-headed, scheming rugby player rises up from the minor leagues to the big time, but remains obsessed with his widowed landlady in this British drama. The rugby scenes rival any sports movie in terms of authenticity and sheer physical brutality, and the agony of Richard Harris' Frank as he watches the woman he pines for polishing her dead husband's boots as a form of rejection to him, is similarly forceful. David Storey, the author of the source material, passed away yesterday.

- Chris Steffen