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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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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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Budget:

$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 »

Goofs

Allan Clarke is named as a scorer in the 27.01.68 game but he didn't become a Leeds player until 1969. See more »

Quotes

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 The Changing Game: Football in the Seventies (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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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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