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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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Tom Hooper

Writers:

Peter Morgan (screenplay), David Peace (novel)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"They love me for what I'm not... ...they hate me for what I am." See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Prokleti United See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,065, 11 October 2009

Gross USA:

$449,865

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,091,378
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film has been criticized by the Clough family as they state it was not a true story of events. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Brian Clough: Things are going to be a little different around here... without Don.
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Features Match of the Day (1964) See more »

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a witty biopic and a joy to watch
13 March 2009 | by JonSnowsMotherSee all my reviews

Peter Morgan (Writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon) reunites for the third time with Michael Sheen (Leading actor of The Queen and Frost/Nixon) as the two men look to complete a hat-trick. Michael Sheen can tick off another box on his list of his portrayals of iconic Englishmen as his witty performance is a key reason for what makes The Damned United a joy to watch. The performances stand out with many well done performances by the leading cast, in particular Sheen and Spall who show a very impressive on screen relationship.

The film can get confusing at times as it follows two different stories, switching frequently from Brian Clough's miraculous time at Derby County and his disappointing and shambolic time at Derby's then rivals Leeds United. The film doesn't get involved in Clough's personal life but focuses on his career with both clubs, starting off with Clough viewed firstly as a small-time 2nd Division manager to a arrogant manager on top of the Division 1, another key issue is his close friendship with his assistant Peter Taylor (Timothy Spall) and hatred of the man who preceded him as Leeds boss, Don Revie (Colm Meaney). While at Leeds the key points of focus is Clough's determination to replace Don Revie as a hero in Leeds and 'father figure' as well his poor relationship with the players and the end to his arrogance. Many people may feel that The Damned United is just for football fans, and even though it may appeal more to football fans it's an entertaining film and a joy to watch.


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