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The Damned United -- From the Academy Award-nominated writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon,  The Damned United is based on the incredible true story of Brian Clough, one of England's greatest soccer managers.
The Damned United -- A look at Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of Leeds United.
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27 March 2009 (Ireland) See more »
"They love me for what I'm not... ...they hate me for what I am." See more »
A look at Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of Leeds United. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Colm Meaney ... Don Revie

Henry Goodman ... Manny Cussins
David Roper ... Sam Bolton
Jimmy Reddington ... Keith Archer
Oliver Stokes ... Nigel Clough
Ryan Day ... Simon Clough

Michael Sheen ... Brian Clough

Mark Bazeley ... Austin Mitchell

Timothy Spall ... Peter Taylor

Maurice Roëves ... Jimmy Gordon

Stephen Graham ... Billy Bremner

Peter McDonald ... Johnny Giles
Mark Cameron ... Norman Hunter
Frank Skillin ... Younger Nigel Clough
Dylan Van Hoof ... Younger Simon Clough
Sydney Wade ... Younger Elizabeth Clough
Elizabeth Carling ... Barbara Clough

Jim Broadbent ... Sam Longson
Mark Jameson ... Groundsman

Liam Thomas ... Les Cocker
Glenn Cunningham ... Syd Owen
Tony Gubba ... Himself

Gillian Waugh ... Lillian Taylor

Brian McCardie ... Dave Mackay

Martin Compston ... John O'Hare
Colin Harris ... John McGovern

Giles Alderson ... Colin Todd
Stewart Robertson ... Archie Gemmill
Laurie Rea ... Terry Hennessey
Michael Parkinson ... Himself (as Sir Michael Parkinson)

Ralph Ineson ... Journalist
Philip Childs ... Commentator (Wembley)
Terence Harvey ... FA Committee Chairman
Gordon Hall ... FA White Haired Elder
John Craven ... Himself
Isabella Eades-Jones ... Elizabeth Clough

Joe Dempsie ... Duncan McKenzie
Paul Bown ... Mike Bamber
Christopher Chilton ... Floor Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomasz Aleksander ... Roy McFarland (uncredited)

Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Matt Blackhall ... Extra (uncredited)
Brian Clough ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alex Harker ... Allan Clarke (uncredited)

Nathan Head ... Photographer (uncredited)
Jimmy Hill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kevin Keegan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
James MacColl ... Luton Town Player (uncredited)
Mark Mathieson ... Football Supporter (uncredited)
Chris Moore ... Paul Madeley (uncredited)
Stephen Nicholas ... Alan Durban (uncredited)

Paul O'Brien ... Phil Thompson (uncredited)
Don Revie ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Savage ... Gordon McQueen (uncredited)
David Stevenson ... (uncredited)
Danny Tomlinson ... David Harvey (uncredited)
Baxter Williams ... Committee Member (uncredited)
Craig Williams ... Joe Jordan (uncredited)
Chris Wilson ... FA Disciplinary Board Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Hooper 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Morgan  screenplay
David Peace  novel "The Damned Utd"

Produced by
Andy Harries .... producer
Hugo Heppell .... executive producer
Christine Langan .... executive producer
Grainne Marmion .... co-producer
Peter Morgan .... executive producer
Lee Morris .... co-producer
Original Music by
Rob Lane 
Cinematography by
Ben Smithard (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Melanie Oliver 
Casting by
Daniel Hubbard  (as Dan Hubbard)
Production Design by
Eve Stewart 
Art Direction by
Andrew Holden-Stokes (supervising art director)
Leon McCarthy 
Costume Design by
Mike O'Neill 
Makeup Department
Jan Archibald .... hair designer
Jan Archibald .... makeup designer
Nicola Mount .... hair stylist
Nicola Mount .... makeup artist
Rachael Speke .... hair stylist
Rachael Speke .... makeup artist
Caitlin Tanner .... chief hair stylist
Caitlin Tanner .... chief makeup artist
Barbara Taylor .... crowd hair supervisor
Jo Sweeting .... makeup artist: dailies (uncredited)
Production Management
Mally Chung .... unit manager
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
Nina Khan .... senior post-production producer
Monique Mussell .... production manager
Juanjo Seda .... production manager: Mallorca
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Curry .... first assistant director
Alex Kaye-Besley .... crowd second assistant director
Sarah Mooney .... crowd assistant director
Gemma Nunn .... third assistant director
Tom Rye .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jason Bond .... property master
Jean Challender .... art department coordinator
Henry Gallagher .... standby painter
Rose Geddes .... art department runner
Philip Green .... trainee: Screen Yorkshire
Darren Hayward .... carpenter
Sara Hayward .... stand-by art director
Mark Hopton .... trainee: Screen Yorkshire
Eric Johnston .... stagehand
Peter Jones .... carpenter
Steven Leadbitter .... standby carpenter (as Steve Leadbitter)
Graeme McHugh .... scenic artist
Leah Megginson .... stand-by prop hand
Jay Pales .... stand-by prop hand
Martin Parker .... construction manager
Kevin Scarrott .... dressing prop hand
Alison Staples .... graphic designer
Kate Thomas .... production buyer
Michael Turner .... dressing prop hand (as Mickey Turner)
Kevin Waite .... carpenter
Colin Worrall .... painter
Douglas Ingram .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Martin Beresford .... sound mixer
Dawn Gough .... assistant sound editor
Paul Hamblin .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrea King .... foley artist
Forbes Noonan .... foley supervisor
Giles Parkes .... sound assistant
Phil Porter .... boom operator (as Philip Porter)
Andre Schmidt .... supervising dialogue editor (as André Schmidt)
Alexandros Sidiropoulos .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Skelding .... dialogue editor
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Lee Walpole .... supervising sound editor
Rachel Carberry .... assistant adr recordist (uncredited)
Naomi Dandridge .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Tom Deane .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Mark Henry .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Billy Quinn .... sfx recordist (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator (uncredited)
Chris Sturmer .... sound consultant: dolby (uncredited)
Virginia Thorn .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ben Ashmore .... special effects coordinator
Paul Kelly .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Charlie Bennett .... digital matte painter: The Mill (as Charles Bennett)
David A.T. Bowman .... visual effects supervisor: The Mill (as David Bowman)
Darren Christie .... visual effects consultant
Martin Clough .... data operator: Molinare
Will Cohen .... visual effects executive producer: The Mill
Joe Dearman .... data operator: Molinare
Dave Early .... senior digital matte painter: The Mill (as David Early)
Marie A. Jones .... visual effects producer: The Mill (as Marie Jones)
Simon Kilroe .... additional visual effects supervisor: Molinare
Suraj Odedra .... cg artist: The Mill
Katy Piggott .... data operator: Molinare
Lewis Saunders .... visual effects artist: Molinare
Foad Shah .... compositor: The Mill
Shanaullah Umerji .... additional visual effects producer: Molinare
Anthony Webb .... visual effects artist: Molinare
Kris Anderson .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Bryan Bartlett .... digital compositor (uncredited)
David Emeny .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Stephanie C. Kelly .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Rick McMahon .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Hitesh Patel .... visual effects supervisor: The Mill (uncredited)
Natalie Stopford .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Ben Turner .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Ian Pead .... stunts
Peter Pedrero .... stunt coordinator
Charles Ramsay .... stunts
Roy Taylor .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven Campbell .... electrician
Adam Coles .... focus puller: "a" camera
Mark Dempsey .... clapper loader
Stuart Drummond .... gaffer
Phil Field .... electrician
Alex Fitton .... camera trainee
Clare Fuller .... clapper loader dailies
Steve Gartside .... electrician (as Stephen Gartside)
Richard Lawson .... focus puller: 'b' camera
Vince McGahon .... Steadicam operator
Vince McGahon .... camera operator: "b" camera
Ronan Murphy .... key grip: "a" camera
David Ode .... key rigger
Craig Porter .... clapper loader
Javier Pueyo .... grip: Mallorca
Howard Roe .... generator operator
Laurie Sparham .... stills photographer
Marc Tempest .... key grip: "b" camera
Kim Vinegrad .... clapper loader
John Welsh .... best boy
Laurence Wright .... video trainee
Dean Thompson .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michelle Smith .... additional casting
Martin Ware .... casting assistant
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Drinkeld .... costume trainee
Samantha Horn .... assistant costume designer
Katerina Pesulova .... wardrobe supervisor
Ladislav Procházka .... costume assistant
Keeley Scothern .... costume trainee: Screen Yorkshire
Esme Short .... costume assistant
Kat Willis .... costume assistant
Emily Curtis .... daily costumer (uncredited)
Ann Maskrey .... costume maker (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mike Andrews .... digital film technician
Len Brown .... digital intermediate film supervisor
Claire Davis .... post-production coordinator
Tim Drewett .... digital film technician
Matt James .... digital film supervisor
Soren Kloch .... digital intermediate film supervisor
Steve Knight .... digital intermediate technician
Chris McGloin .... first assistant editor
Ben Renton .... second assistant editor
Andy Richards .... supervising DI conform editor
Gareth Spensley .... colorist
Gemma Townsend .... digital intermediate technician
Garry Maddison .... data scanner (uncredited)
Music Department
Darrell Alexander .... music coordinator
Jonathan Allen .... score engineer
Arthur Dick .... musician: guitar soloist
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
James Gosling .... music preparation
Chris Gutch .... composer agent
Rob Lane .... conductor
Steve Parr .... score mixer
Samuel Sim .... composer: additional music
Simon Whiteside .... music preparation
Alison Butters .... music clearance (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Armistead .... unit driver
Martin Clay .... driver: camera car
Alan Evans .... unit driver
Karl Jones .... unit driver
Paul Pearson .... unit driver
Paul Revill .... standby camera car driver
Ian Bennett .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Mark Mathieson .... unit driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Geraldine Atlee .... business affairs: BBC Films
Nicky Ball .... crew and freelance development manager: Screen Yorkshire
Joe Biggins .... inflatable crowd supervisor
Carol Carmichael .... medic
Simon Clifford .... football choreographer
Simon Clifford .... football coach
Andrew Craske .... head of communications: Screen Yorkshire
Kayleigh Cruickshank .... location assistant
Farnaz Donovan .... assistant production accountant
Penny Dyer .... voice coach
Zoë Edwards .... production executive: Left Bank Pictures (as Zoe Edwards)
Marie Elwood .... location assistant: London
Bob Farrell .... production assistant (as Rob Farrell)
Kerry Gill-Pryde .... researcher: mythology and evil
Simon Gillis .... business affairs: BBC Films
Neil Gregory .... inflatable crowd supervisor
Nick Hodson .... trainee: Screen Yorkshire
Mark Hubbard .... production executive: BBC Films
Paula Jalfon .... commercial affairs: BBC Films
Marigo Kehoe .... head of production: Left Bank Pictures
Matt Lightowler .... production assistant
Stuart McKay .... archivist
Connan McStay .... title designer
Steven Metcalfe .... production assistant
Tariq Mirza .... production legal
Sarah Mooney .... floor runner
Della Moore .... post-production accountant
Shailini Vijay Naik .... production secretary
David Peace .... consultant
Eve Petcher .... assistant production coordinator
Lee Ramseyer-Bache .... production assistant
Katy Roberts .... production runner
Penelope Robinson .... production accountant
Lindsay Salt .... assistant: Mr. Harries, Left Bank Pictures
Daniel Sampedro Palerm .... production coordinator: Mallorca (as Daniel Sampedro)
James A. Smith .... archivist
Camilla Stephenson .... location manager: Mallorca
Antony Swiatek .... production legal: Olswang
Jemima Thomas .... script supervisor
Charlie Thompson .... location manager (as Charles Thompson)
John William Turner .... production assistant (as John Turner)
Matthew Vizard .... production and delivery coordinator: BBC Films
Pip Williams .... assistant: Mr. Harries, Left Bank Pictures
Grace Wilson .... head of finance: Left Bank Pictures
Michael Wood .... production executive: BBC Films
Andy Booth .... medical service (uncredited)
Dan Connolly .... location scout (uncredited)
Sekani Doram .... runner: second unit pick-ups (uncredited)
Daniel Gulliver .... inflatable crowd supervisor (uncredited)
Ben Hepworth .... location scout (uncredited)
Robert Shaw .... daily floor runner (uncredited)
Luis Vidal .... production assistant: Spain (uncredited)
Isabel Begg .... thanks
Jenny Borgars .... thanks
Ann Maskrey .... thanks

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Rated R for language
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Ontario) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-11 | Ireland:15A | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45085)

Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: It is implied in the film that Brian Clough never managed Brighton & Hove Albion, but he did manage the club alongside Peter Taylor for most of the 1973-4 season. The team finished 19th this season.See more »
Brian Clough:You know he'll be making a file on us. A dossier.
Peter Taylor:Who?
Brian Clough:Don Revie. Prepares a file on every game. Leaves nothing to chance. Knows every opponent's formations, strategies everything.
Peter Taylor:I've heard he's a superstitious twat.
Brian Clough:[Ignoring him] We grew up just a few streets apart in Middlesbrough... Close to Ayresome Park. He'll have known my street: Valley Road. Probably bought sweets from Garnett's factory where me dad worked.
Peter Taylor:I heard he wears the same suit to every game. His lucky blue suit.
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Movie Connections:
Features "Match of the Day" (1964)See more »
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Who was managing Derby in the match that Brian Clough snuck into, if Dave Mackay hadn't been appointed yet?
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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Bigmouth strikes again, 4 September 2009
Author: jc-osms from United Kingdom

Perhaps I'd have given this movie a higher mark if I hadn't read the David Peace novel before-hand. The latter is a much more scabrous affair, real no-holds barred stuff and you really get inside the head of Mr Brian Howard Clough, one of football's most talented, successful and yet eccentric managers.

Let me start by saying how refreshing it is to get a film on a cult UK sports hero - it seems so rare, especially with Hollywood's track record of foisting any number of baseball, American football or basketball movies on us. Clough was a larger than life character, blessed, unlike many in the football fraternity, with real intelligence and the ability to mould a team of average players into a genuine team, raising them many times above their erstwhile standard of playing talent, taking unfashionable teams like Derby and later Nottingham Forest to improbable levels of success. Opinionated and outspoken at the same time, he was a natural for the burgeoning area of TV punditry in football, with a never to be forgotten drawling voice which only made his remarks live longer in the memory.

So does this movie do justice to the great man - yes and no. On the plus side Michael Sheen gives a terrific, bravura performance in the Clough role, looks reasonably like him and gets off his mannerisms and accent superbly. For one thing, it's well known however that in response to criticism from the Clough family and other real-life characters played in the film, notably Leeds' Irish midfield maestro Johnny Giles, the movie plays down significantly, for example,the novel's propensity to show Clough's alleged growing dependence on alcohol as well as the dynamics of his non-relationship with the Leeds squad, especially with the still-alive Giles.

The movie is really about Clough's relationship with three men over the late 60's - early 70's period depicted here; his Derby County chairman Sam Longson, excellently played by Jim Broadbent, who he thinks he can wrap around his finger but in the end pushes too far once too often, his right-hand man Peter Taylor, the calming voice of reason and football talent-spotter whom he fatally fails to take with him to mighty Leeds and lastly his nemesis in football, Don Revie, his predecessor as Leeds manager and the elephant in the room that Clough can't, despite his massive arrogance-bordering personality, expunge from the minds of the Leeds team. Timothy Spall gives a good performance of light and shade as "behind every great man" Taylor but the effect of his performance is weakened by his looking completely unlike his real-life prototype. No problems on that score with Colm Meaney as Don Revie (apart from a lack of height!), who nails Revie's distinctive accent to a "T".

The underlying theme of the young revolting against the old - Clough appears to be younger than most of his players, never mind the board members of the teams he manages, can only culminate in failure as Leeds show him the door after only 44 days when it's really the players who should have been sacked, although as all UK football fans know, Clough (sensibly combined with Taylor again) rose phoenix-like from the ashes to prosper at Nottingham in the late 70's.

The football scenes disappointingly, are only average however and their artificiality is pointed up even more with real-life TV inserts from the era itself, plus again the fact that the actors playing key figures in the team like captain Billy Bremner and the afore-mentioned Giles don't remotely resemble them, takes away veracity and credibility. The settings in mid 70's working-class Britain are mixed in effect and perhaps a little more contemporary background could have been sprinkled around (the miners' strike of 1973, the minority UK government political background, etc) to add local flavour. I didn't get the music chosen as the soundtrack either - Fleetwood Mac's "Man of The World" and David Bowie's "Queen Bitch" hardly seem to chime in with the story and most people know that Clough himself was an avid Sinatra fan - only hinted at here.

The screenplay does utilise some of his best-known sound bites and Michael Sheen has a great turn and volley, but whilst I enjoyed the film and certainly believe Clough worthy of cinematic elevation, the unreality of much of what I saw played against what could have been better. Perhaps artistic vision was stunted by the background furore caused by the book, ironically compromising the story of a man who rarely took a backward step himself and like old Frankie himself, truly did it "his way".

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