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Better than your average football pic, Damned United is carried by another star turn from Michael Sheen as Brian Clough. Read critic reviews

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The story of Brian Clough's 44 day stint as manager of Leeds United Football Club takes place in 1974 England. When Don Revie quits Leeds to become the England boss, the outspoken Brian Clough takes charge. Determined to impose his own style upon Revie's tough tackling team, Clough soon alienates his players and the board. Based on the book by David Pearce.

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Michael Sheen
Brian Clough
Timothy Spall
Peter Taylor
Jim Broadbent
Sam Longson
Stephen Graham
Billy Bremner
Joe Dempsie
Duncan McKenzie
Maurice Roëves
Jimmy Gordon
Elizabeth Carling
Barbara Clough
Peter Morgan
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Hugo Heppell
Executive Producer
Christine Langan
Executive Producer
Rob Lane
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Ben Smithard
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  • Nov 04, 2012
    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 P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2012
    Is it just me or Michael Sheen looks a bit like James Dean?
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2011
    It was somewhat difficult to understand their British accents at times but I always enjoy a true story. This one was about British Football (our soccer) coach Brian Clough's appointment to the Leeds United team.
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2011
    Better than I was expecting it to be plus it's more about his glory days with my team (Derby County) than Leeds so it's a win win for me plus Micheal Sheen's performance as Brian Clough was brilliant.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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