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

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Sam Longson says that Dave MacKay has "broken more bones than Evel the Knievel." It's unlikely in 1968 Longson would have known about him as Evel Knievel only became popular in Britain in the mid 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Michael Parkinson: How do you react when someone says, "Boss, you're doing it wrong?"
Brian Clough: Well, I ask him how *he* thinks it ought to be done. And then we get down to it, and we talk about it for twenty minutes, and then we decide that I was right.
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Nice One Cyril
Written by Harold Spiro / Helen Clarke
Published by EMI Music Publishing 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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