The story of the controversial Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United.


Tom Hooper


Peter Morgan (screenplay), David Peace (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colm Meaney ... Don Revie
Henry Goodman ... Manny Cussins
David Roper David Roper ... Sam Bolton
Jimmy Reddington Jimmy Reddington ... Keith Archer
Oliver Stokes Oliver Stokes ... Nigel Clough
Ryan Day 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 Frank Skillin ... Younger Nigel Clough
Dylan Van Hoof Dylan Van Hoof ... Younger Simon Clough


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 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 »


Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Three cast members, including Jim Broadbent, Ralph Ineson and Joe Dempsie, have all taken part in the award-winning series Game of Thrones (2011). See more »


Derby are shown getting beaten 5-0 by Leeds in their first game against Leeds in the 1st Division. In fact they lost 2-0 in that first game, they lost 5-0 3 years later. See more »


Peter Taylor: Brighton's a small club, I'll give you that.
Brian Clough: Bloody midgets!
Peter Taylor: But at least we'd be together! You and me, Brian. We can build them up. Make them our own, like we did with Hartlepools, like we did with Derby...
Brian Clough: And then what? Bottle again soon as it comes to the big time? That's always been the trouble with you, Pete. No ambition.
Peter Taylor: That's the trouble with you, Brian. Too much ambition. Too much greed, too much everything!
Brian Clough: Yeah, you knock it, but it's done you proud over the years, hasn't it? My ambition...
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Leeds, Leeds, Leeds (Marching On Together)
Performed by Leeds United A.F.C. (as Leeds United Team) and Supporters
Written by Les Reed / Barry Mason
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd / Dick James Music Ltd / Barry Mason Music Ltd / MCS Music Ltd
Licensed from Chapter One Records Ltd
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We're from the north, Pete. What do we care about Brighton? Bloody southerners.
8 July 2010 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Michael Sheen (The Queen, Frost/Nixon), Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge! , Longford), Timothy Spall (Michael Sheen), and Colm Meaney (How Harry Became a Tree) are all great actors, and their presence means that this film is worth watching even if you don't particularly like football. I doubt however, you would be watch if you weren't a fan.

Brian Clough (Sheen) brings Derby out of obscurity to the top and ends up managing his archenemy Leeds United. He hates the team, he hates the style of football they play, and yet, he signs on to manage them. A recipe for disaster, and a disaster it was.

The film is not so much about football, as it is about Clough. He makes enemies everywhere he goes. No wonder he only lasted 44 days.

A fantastic film with brilliant performances by Sheen and Spall.

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Release Date:

27 March 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Damned United See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,065, 11 October 2009

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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