The Damned United (2009)



Critic Consensus: Better than your average football pic, Damned United is carried by another star turn from Michael Sheen as Brian Clough.

Movie Info

Set in 1960s and 1970s England, "The Damned United" tells the confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Clough's doomed 44-day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football--Leeds United. Previously managed by Clough's bitter rival Don Revie, the Leeds team had just completed its most successful period ever as a football club. It was perceived by many to represent a new aggressive and cynical style of football--an anathema to the principled yet flamboyant Clough, who … More

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Sports & Fitness, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Morgan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 23, 2010
Box Office: $0.3M
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as Brian Clough

as Peter Taylor

as Don Revie

as Sam Longson

as Manny Cussins

as Jimmy Gordon

as Billy Bremner

as Dave Mackay

as Johnny Giles

as Colin Todd

as Austin Mitchell

as John O'Hare

as Duncan McKenzie

as Sam Bolton

as Keith Archer

as Nigel Clough

as Simon Clough

as Norman Hunter

as Younger Nigel Clough

as Younger Simon Clough

as Younger Elizabeth Cl...

as Barbara Clough

as Groundsman

as Les Cocker

as Himself

as Lillian Taylor

as John McGovern

as Archie Gemmell

as Terry Hennessey

as Journalist

as Commentator (Wembley...

as FA Committee Chairma...

as FA White-haired Elde...

as Himself

as Elizabeth Clough

as Mike Bamber

as Floor Manager

as Duncan McKenzie
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Critic Reviews for The Damned United

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (32)

Two things that the British know that most Americans don't: Michael Sheen is the best actor in the English-speaking world; and soccer is the only football that matters.

Full Review… | November 24, 2009
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The Damned United is a most entertaining study in obsession wrapped in a traditional sports movie.

Full Review… | November 11, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The Damned United eliminates the existential anguish and pain that propelled Peace's novel, and curtails its lowering style.

Full Review… | October 20, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

as foreign for American audiences as a story about one of Billy Martin's stints with the Yankees would be in the U.K.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011

If soccer is a Shakespearean drama, then The Damned United is Richard III.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010

Michael Sheen has played vampires and werewolves, but works up his most insatiable bloodlust as Brian Clough in this sharply observed, superbly acted drama that realizes sports forms as nasty a symbiotic relationship with a nation's people as politics.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Damned United


A very interesting story that, if we didn't know that it eventually works out for Clough (later in his career, managing Nottingham Forest), could be filed as a classical tragedy: the brash and egomaniacal protagonist gets so high on himself that he forgets how he got to his station and alienates his friends and colleagues until it ends his tenure at the top club in England (Leeds United, at the time) in a mere 44 days. The plot was indeed the best part, as the scenes often seemed overstretched and the emotions in them often hokey; and though the cast is a who's-who of second-fiddle Brits, there's not much for these talented actors to do. I thought too much of the story was spelled out in on-screen text, as well - there were definitely elements that were obvious from the scenes (shown) that didn't need to be noted (told). A mediocre film that unfortunately sucks a lot of the life out of its promising material.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Im not into football movies at all and i will avoid them as much as possible but it takes one football movie to star Michael Sheen to actually get me to watch this movie and much to my surprise i actually enjoyed this movie. Its entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable and is actually highyly amusing.
Worth a watch and like me it may change your minds about movies focused on football!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


An underrated british movie.Since it's about football its intresting and entertaining.Like other Peter Morgan's screenplays ,stoyline is short and simple and has mostly focused on details and is more concerned to be faithful to historic events

Reza Mohseni

Super Reviewer

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