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.
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 had achieved astonishing success as manager of Hartlepool and Derby County. He had built these teams in his own vision with trusty lieutenant Peter Taylor. Taking the Leeds job without Taylor by his side and with a changing room full of--what in his mind were still--Don's boys, would lead to an unheralded examination of Clough's belligerence and brilliance over 44 days. This is that story: The story of The Damned United. … More
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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 Les Cocker
as Syd Owen
as Lillian Taylor
as John McGovern
as Archie Gemmell
as Terry Hennessey
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as FA Committee Chairma...
as FA White-haired Elde...
as Elizabeth Clough
as Mike Bamber
as Floor Manager
as Duncan McKenzie
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Critic Reviews for The Damned United
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.
The Damned United is a most entertaining study in obsession wrapped in a traditional sports movie.
The Damned United eliminates the existential anguish and pain that propelled Peace's novel, and curtails its lowering style.
as foreign for American audiences as a story about one of Billy Martin's stints with the Yankees would be in the U.K.
If soccer is a Shakespearean drama, then The Damned United is Richard III.
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.
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.
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!
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
The Damned United Quotes
|Brian Clough:||I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the country. But I'm in the top one.|
|Brian Clough:||We're from the north, Pete. What do we care about Brighton? Bloody southerners. Look where we are! We're almost in France!|
|Brian Clough:||Things are going to be a little different around here... without Don|
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