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The Damned United -- About controversial soccer manager Brian Clough, set in 1974 but flashing back to the 1960s, about Clough's ill-fated 44-day reign as coach of Leeds United, then one of England's most successful soccer teams.
The Damned United -- A look at Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of Leeds United.
The Damned United -- Clough tells Taylor some things about Revie
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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)
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)
Stephen Nicholas ... Alan Durban (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)
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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
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
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:
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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?

According to published reports, Kenneth Branagh was considered for the role of Don Revie.See more »
Factual errors: In the montage of footage of actual matches showing Derby's rise to the Second Division championship in 1968-69, one of the games is against Everton. Everton haven't played in the Second Divison since 1953-54. The footage is from 1969-70 when both were in Division One. Everton won the league that season.See more »
Muhammed Ali:[Clough, Taylor & their families watch Muhammed Ali on television] Some fella in London, England named, some Brian... Brian Clough. I heard all the way in America that this fella talks too much. They say he's another Mohammed Ali. There's just one Mohammed Ali. Now, Clough, I've had enough. Stop it.
Peter Taylor:Are you gonna stop it?
Brian Clough:No, I'm going to fight him.
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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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43 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Whether or not it's fact or fiction it's certainly entertaining!, 24 March 2009
Author: thependragon-1 from United Kingdom

I went to see this film with a certain trepidation as I don't always understand the true workings of the so-called beautiful game. I'm often rather lost by the offside rule, not too sure what actually constitutes handball and can't quite understand why a good friend can kiss a poster of George Weah and refer to the Liberian as a God. However, I can recognise what a worldwide phenomenon football has become and the massive status that the late Brian Clough held within in the sport.

Clough was one heck of a character and very much of his time and this is where 'The Damned United' really succeeds. You feel like you are truly watching the 70s when men were men and modern players like constant diver Cristiano Ronaldo would have been laughed (or even kicked) off the pitch. Sheen gives an excellent performance and Clough is portrayed as a complex individual with the sort of charisma and wit, which may endear him to cinema-goers who have little knowledge of football or the man himself.

However, I saw this film with a friend who is a huge soccer fan and who confessed afterwards to having certain problems with the accuracy of the story. The film is after all based on a book by David Peace, which merges the facts with his own fiction to show what he thought might being going on behind the scenes during Clough's reign as manager of Derby County and his infamous 44 days in charge at Leeds United. Having recently watched some TV dramatisations of Peace's other novels involving the real life Yorkshire Ripper murders it is easy to see why some people find his particular way of merging fact with fiction lacking in credibility. I personally didn't have such a problem with this film as I felt it really got to grips with who Clough was as a football manager and his probable motives for how he went about the job at Leeds.

While the film's narrative sometimes veers confusingly back and forth between Clough's time at Derby and his short spell at Leeds, 'The Damned United' is a really enjoyable piece of entertainment full of great actors bringing to life intriguing characters. The ultimate strength of the film is that the story manages to become more about friendship (the relationship between Brian and Peter Taylor) and the destructiveness of vanity rather than how many football matches Clough won.

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