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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 love me for what I'm not... ...they hate me for what I am." See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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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)

Opening Weekend:

£618,929 (UK) (27 March 2009)

Gross:

$449,558 (USA) (5 February 2010)
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Trivia

According to published reports, Kenneth Branagh was considered for the role of Don Revie. See more »

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After being beaten by the Italians, Clough blames the defeat on Leeds. In reality Clough felt that Juventus somehow influenced the referee to favour their side and afterwards berated not Leeds, but Juventus. See more »

Quotes

Muhammed Ali: [Clough, Taylor & their families watch Muhammed Ali on television] Some fella in London, England named, some Brian... Brian Clough. I heard all the way in America that this fella talks too much. They say he's another Mohammed Ali. There's just one Mohammed Ali. Now, Clough, I've had enough. Stop it.
Peter Taylor: Are you gonna stop it?
Brian Clough: No, I'm going to fight him.
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Connections

Featured in Great Movie Mistakes (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Leeds, Leeds, Leeds (Marching On Together)
Performed by Leeds United A.F.C. (as Leeds United Team) and Supporters
Written by Les Reed / Barry Mason
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd / Dick James Music Ltd / Barry Mason Music Ltd / MCS Music Ltd
Licensed from Chapter One Records Ltd
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We're from the north, Pete. What do we care about Brighton? Bloody southerners.
8 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Michael Sheen (The Queen, Frost/Nixon), Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge! , Longford), Timothy Spall (Michael Sheen), and Colm Meaney (How Harry Became a Tree) are all great actors, and their presence means that this film is worth watching even if you don't particularly like football. I doubt however, you would be watch if you weren't a fan.

Brian Clough (Sheen) brings Derby out of obscurity to the top and ends up managing his archenemy Leeds United. He hates the team, he hates the style of football they play, and yet, he signs on to manage them. A recipe for disaster, and a disaster it was.

The film is not so much about football, as it is about Clough. He makes enemies everywhere he goes. No wonder he only lasted 44 days.

A fantastic film with brilliant performances by Sheen and Spall.


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