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United (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Sport | 24 April 2011 (UK)
United is based on the true story of Manchester United's legendary "Busby Babes", the youngest side ever to win the Football League and the 1958 Munich Air Crash that claimed eight of the ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harold Hardman
Professor Maurer
Shirley Dixon ...
Mrs. Watson
John Draycott ...
Robert Charlton
Faton Gerbeshi ...
Customs Officer
Tim Healy ...
Tommy Skinner
British Consul
Cissie Charlton
Philip Hill-Pearson ...
Eddie Colman


United is based on the true story of Manchester United's legendary "Busby Babes", the youngest side ever to win the Football League and the 1958 Munich Air Crash that claimed eight of the their number. The film draws on first-hand interviews with the survivors and their families to tell the inspirational story of a team and community overcoming terrible tragedy. Written by Production Company

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Drama | History | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images, smoking and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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24 April 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

United: The Legend of the Busby Babes  »

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Did You Know?


The scene where Bobby Charlton learns which players have died in the plane crash when a German fellow patient reads out the names from a newspaper and then says "dead" is closely based on real events. The writers based the scene on various interviews in which Bobby Charlton talked about this moment. See more »


In the Munich airport, the clock above the door shows that the plane's takeoff attempts (and the subsequent crash) occurred around 4pm, when in actuality they occurred around 3pm local time. See more »


Jimmy Murphy: [to one of the newly signed new players] Here you are. An hour till kick off. We'll find you a kit.
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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 21 April 2011 (2011) See more »


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Words & music by Bartholomew & King
Performed by Bobby Mitchell
Published by EMI Music Publishing
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Old Trafford
17 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

United is a docu-drama about the infamous 1958 Munich air disaster which claimed the lives of many of the Busby Babes and how the Manchester United team marched on from that dark day and rebuilt.

The focus is less on Matt Busby played by Dougray Scott in a stoic manner because he is sidelined after the crash as Busby was seriously injured and hospitalised for some time.

The focus is on David Tennant as Jimmy Murphy who has to cope with the aftermath, get a side together some from the lower leagues and get them to play. There is also the issue of some of the survivors being emotionally damaged from the incident such as Bobby Charlton who feels unable to play. Then there are the injuries to Duncan Edwards widely regarded as one of the best young players of his generation who survived the crash but later died.

As someone who knew little but the basics of this disaster I found the film informative and emotional. I would acknowledge the film had to condense the story which means some of the characters are sidelined or ignored but it is an affirming story of overcoming the odds that should get even non soccer fans involved.

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