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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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Cast

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David Roper ...
Sam Bolton
Jimmy Reddington ...
Keith Archer
Oliver Stokes ...
Nigel Clough
Ryan Day ...
Simon Clough
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Austin Mitchell
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Johnny Giles
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Frank Skillin ...
Younger Nigel Clough
Dylan Van Hoof ...
Younger Simon Clough
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Storyline

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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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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Box Office

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£618,929 (United Kingdom), 29 March 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,065, 9 October 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$449,558, 7 February 2010
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

A game against Leeds is described as being four days before the 1973 European Cup semi final in Turin versus Juventus. Derby actually played Arsenal on that particular Saturday. The events shown in that game are completely false and notice that no score for that game is shown. See more »

Quotes

Peter Taylor: [embracing after being reunited] You're only gonna fuck it up again, aren't you?
Brian Clough: I love you, you know.
Peter Taylor: I know. But it won't stop you.
Brian Clough: So would you sooner go through it all without me?
Peter Taylor: Never.
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Connections

Referenced in The Damned United: Remembering Brian (2010) See more »

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Super Leeds United
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Arranged by Kevin Smith
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a witty biopic and a joy to watch
13 March 2009 | by 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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