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The Damned United (2009)

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The story of the controversial Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United.

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Taking over England's top football club Leeds United, previously successful manager Brian Clough's abrasive approach and his clear dislike of the players' dirty style of play make it certain there is going to be friction. Glimpses of his earlier career help explain both his hostility to previous manager Don Revie and how much he is missing right-hand man Peter Taylor who has loyally stayed with Brighton & Hove Albion. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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"They say Rome wasn't built in a day, but I wasn't on that particular job." See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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27 March 2009 (UK)  »

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Az elátkozott Leeds United  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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£618,929 (UK) (27 March 2009)

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$449,558 (USA) (5 February 2010)
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The scenes in the film set at the Derby County training ground were actually filmed in Leeds at a football pitch ironically overlooking the Leeds United stadium. See more »

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The commentator says that Derby deposed Leeds as League Champions in 1972, but Arsenal were the title holders before Derby. See more »

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Manny Cussins: I hired you to do this job because I think you're the best young manager in this country.
Brian Clough: Thank you. I'm the best old one, too.
Manny Cussins: I also did it under the assumption that you would be coming here wanting the best for this club. For the city of Leeds. So why do I get the feeling this is all about you and Don?
Brian Clough: Of course it's just about me and Don. Always has been. But instead of putting frowns on your foreheads, all you elders of Leeds in your blazers and your brass-fucking-buttons, it should put ...
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Referenced in Perfect Pitch: The Making of 'The Damned United (2010) See more »

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Flight of the Rat (Roger Glover Remix)
Performed by Deep Purple
Written by Jon Lord / Ritchie Blackmore / Ian Gillan, / Roger Glover / Ian Paice
Published by B Feldman & Co Ltd / HEC Music / EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd / HEC Enterprises Ltd
By special arrangement with Spark Marketing Entertainment
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a witty biopic and a joy to watch
13 March 2009 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Peter Morgan (Writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon) reunites for the third time with Michael Sheen (Leading actor of The Queen and Frost/Nixon) as the two men look to complete a hat-trick. Michael Sheen can tick off another box on his list of his portrayals of iconic Englishmen as his witty performance is a key reason for what makes The Damned United a joy to watch. The performances stand out with many well done performances by the leading cast, in particular Sheen and Spall who show a very impressive on screen relationship.

The film can get confusing at times as it follows two different stories, switching frequently from Brian Clough's miraculous time at Derby County and his disappointing and shambolic time at Derby's then rivals Leeds United. The film doesn't get involved in Clough's personal life but focuses on his career with both clubs, starting off with Clough viewed firstly as a small-time 2nd Division manager to a arrogant manager on top of the Division 1, another key issue is his close friendship with his assistant Peter Taylor (Timothy Spall) and hatred of the man who preceded him as Leeds boss, Don Revie (Colm Meaney). While at Leeds the key points of focus is Clough's determination to replace Don Revie as a hero in Leeds and 'father figure' as well his poor relationship with the players and the end to his arrogance. Many people may feel that The Damned United is just for football fans, and even though it may appeal more to football fans it's an entertaining film and a joy to watch.


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