The Damned United

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  97 min.
Release Date: October 16, 2009 (limited)
DVD: February 23, 2010

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Cast: Michael Sheen, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent, John Savage, Timothy Spall


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 his bitter rival Don Revie, and on the back of their most successful period ever as a football club, Leeds was perceived by many to represent a new aggressive and cynical style of football—an anathema to the principled yet flamboyant Brian Clough, who had achieved astonishing success as manager of Hartlepool and Derby County building teams in his own vision with trusty lieutenant Peter Taylor.

Taking the Leeds job without Taylor by his side, 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.

Director: Tom Hooper
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Andy Harries, Grainne Marmion
Screenplay: Peter Morgan
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  • 3 stars "really good movie. Michael Shannon does an awesome job in this film."
  • 4 stars "very good movie!!!! Shabbon is brilliant in this role."
  • 5 stars "Very Entertaining, good movie!"