The Damned United

The Damned United

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The Damned United

Set in '60s-'70s England, The Damned United tells the tale of Brian Clough's doomed 44 day tenure as manager of English soccer team Leeds United. Leeds had been riding a wave of great success under manager Don Revie (Colm Meaney), with a style of play perceived by many to represent a new aggressive and cynical style of football. But the flamboyant Brian Clough (Michael Sheen), who had great success as manager of Hartlepool and Derby Country, had different ideas for the team… ideas not welcome with the players or the fans.

From the writer of The Queen, The Last King of Scotland and Frost/Nixon.

2009Rating: M, contains offensive language97 minsUK
ComedyDramaSportTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Tom Hooper ('Red Dust', 'John Adams' mini-series)
Writer:
Peter Morgan
Cast:
Michael SheenColm MeaneyJim BroadbentTimothy Spall
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Variety

Variety

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Telling with a light, surefooted touch a legendary tale from British soccer history, The Damned United reps the latest collaboration in factual fiction between chameleon thesp Michael Sheen, screenwriter Peter Morgan and producer Andy Harries ("Frost/Nixon," "The Queen").

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Total Film

Total Film

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Smarter than Escape To Victory, more fun than Bend It like Beckham, but not quite the title-winning charge we were hoping for. Might challenge for a Champions League spot though.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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The rare sports movie that deals with -- indeed positively relishes -- humiliation and disappointment.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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The Damned United presents an entertaining portrait of a narcissist.

4.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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There's barely any on-field footage in The Damned United. What we get instead is fine acting and directing, splendid dialogue and a story too outrageous to be made up.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Director Tom Hooper ("John Adams") ably balances the games (surprisingly little football footage, actually), the personalities and the drama.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Sheen thrives in the guise of the idiosyncratic Clough in a brilliantly candid, if bitty, football parable.

3.0
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Seen it in the UK

Great little film - Sheen's ace. The book's much darker - and more controversially negative about the man himself. Clough's family were not at all happy about book or film though. In case anyone's interested, the ground used to represent The Baseball Ground is Chesterfield's ground - Saltergate - where my dad is an executive club member. Of course, it's...

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Telling with a light, surefooted touch a legendary tale from British soccer history, The Damned United reps the latest collaboration in factual fiction between chameleon thesp Michael Sheen, screenwriter Peter Morgan and producer Andy Harries ("Frost/Nixon," "The Queen").

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Smarter than Escape To Victory, more fun than Bend It like Beckham, but not quite the title-winning charge we were hoping for. Might challenge for a Champions League spot though.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The rare sports movie that deals with -- indeed positively relishes -- humiliation and disappointment.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The Damned United presents an entertaining portrait of a narcissist.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

There's barely any on-field footage in The Damned United. What we get instead is fine acting and directing, splendid dialogue and a story too outrageous to be made up.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Director Tom Hooper ("John Adams") ably balances the games (surprisingly little football footage, actually), the personalities and the drama.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Sheen thrives in the guise of the idiosyncratic Clough in a brilliantly candid, if bitty, football parable.

3.0
0

Seen it in the UK

Great little film - Sheen's ace. The book's much darker - and more controversially negative about the man himself. Clough's family were not at all happy about book or film though. In case anyone's interested, the ground used to represent The Baseball Ground is Chesterfield's ground - Saltergate - where my dad is an executive club member. Of course, it's...

4.0
0