This Sporting Life (1963)
“She’s the one thing that makes me feel wanted; I can’t lose her.”
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He quickly shows his tenacious merit on the field:
… and is soon aggressively pursued by the predatory wife (Vanda Godsell) of the team’s owner (Alan Badel).
He remains obsessed, however, with winning over his landlady (Roberts) — a depressed and seemingly unflappable widow who he eventually rapes. It’s challenging to feel much sympathy for Harris after this scene, given that he clearly feels the world is his to take, and his violent nature shows no sign of abating. Indeed, Harris’s character is most certainly an “angry young man” of his cinematic era; interestingly, this film marked the end of the “kitchen sink” drama, perhaps because it was simply too challenging to relate to these authentic but decidedly unlikeable protagonists.
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