A film (1961) based on David Storey's 1960 novel of the same name. It focuses upon the rise to local stardom of a young working-class man in an industrial town in Yorkshire, England, for whom the tough, macho world of rugby league offers the possibility of the good life: cars; well-cut clothes; the admiration of women; the high-class restaurant. But his fame is short-lived, his landlady cum lover dies tragically, and his boorish behaviour alienates him from his once adulatory public. The film, following the book, is a parable on the transitory nature of sporting fame. See also norms.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure.