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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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Taglines:

"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)  »

Also Known As:

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

The film has been criticized by the Clough family as they state it was not a true story of events. See more »

Goofs

The impression is given that Roy McFarland was injured and substituted in the 27.01.68 game when he wasn't and played the whole match. See more »

Quotes

Peter Taylor: Brighton's a small club, I'll give you that.
Brian Clough: Bloody midgets!
Peter Taylor: But at least we'd be together! You and me, Brian. We can build them up. Make them our own, like we did with Hartlepools, like we did with Derby...
Brian Clough: And then what? Bottle again soon as it comes to the big time? That's always been the trouble with you, Pete. No ambition.
Peter Taylor: That's the trouble with you, Brian. Too much ambition. Too much greed, too much everything!
Brian Clough: Yeah, you knock it, but it's done you proud over the years, hasn't it? My ...
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Referenced in The Damned United: Remembering Brian (2010) See more »

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Yorkshire Television Logo (Original)
Written by Derek New
Published by Television Music Ltd - EMI Music / Granada Media Group
Courtesy of ITV Productions Ltd
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Sheen is Clough
28 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having read the book, I did expect a darker film, however, it is not to the detriment of the film that it attempts to give the interpretation a 'feel good factor. Sheen is utterly brilliant as Clough and captures the ego, charisma and above all weakness of the man. The support cast are excellent, although Spall did struggle to look comfortable in a sporting film (Taylor was en ex goalie and poor Tim's got 10 to 2 feet etc). There are a lot of factual inaccuracies, but it is based on a 'faction novel' so one should not allow this to spoil a memorable film and if it does nothing else it does make you feel extremely nostalgic to this era.


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