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The Damned United

Released on 31 August 2009

Featuring: Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent & Timothy Spall

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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Based on David Peace's book, The Damned United portrays the tempestuous 44 days that forthright Brian Clough (Michael Sheen) spent as manager of Leeds United. After alienating the side's star players and a string of awful results, 'Cloughie' was given the boot, but that's just half the story!

Brian Clough was one of a kind.

In 1974, Clough was already a renowned figure, just as much for his dynamic personality as for his fantastic managerial ability. Having led Derby County to the first league victory in their history, Clough left in a cloud of controversy and, after a brief spell at Brighton, found himself in the Leeds United hotseat after Don Revie's departure for the England job. What followed was the most incredible 44 days of football management!


  • Commentary with Director Tom Hooper, Michael Sheen and Producer Andy Harries
  • 'Perfect Pitch: The Making Of The Damned United' Featurette
  • 'Creating Clough': Michael Sheen Takes on 'Old Big Head' Featurette
  • 'The Changing Game: Football In The Seventies' Featurette
  • 'Remembering Brian' Featurette
  • Cloughisms
  • Deleted Scenes

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 Enjoyable, But... Don't Believe Everything You See.

| | See all DeedaLUFC's reviews (2)

Please enjoy The Damned United, a very well acted film, Colm Meaney has Britain's greatest ever manager spot on and Michael Sheen is also excellent as Brian Clough.

But remember the film is a story based on fact, not on what actually happened. Some people believe all that happened in the book and subsequently in the film to be true however most of what happens was in the authors head and is therefore largely fiction. In fact the inaccuracies and indeed the book/film have been wholly condemned by the Clough family.

An enjoyable film but factually flawed. A few examples of these factual inaccuracies include...

Leeds United did beat Derby County 2-0 in the FA Cup that year but the game was played at Elland Road NOT the Baseball Ground. Leeds however did play Derby on two other occasions that season, in the Semi-Finals of the League Cup, the first game a few weeks before the FA Cup tie so it wasn't that much of a novelty for the two sides to play each other.

Contrary to the film Leeds did not play and kick Derby off the park the game before their European Cup Semi-Final, they played them months before in that season.

Johnny Giles is not 6 foot plus and in real life Peter Taylor was a much larger man than Clough.

Brian Clough actually managed Brighton for 32 games and spent just under a year on the South Coast.

Oh and as for the very cheap shot at the end... Don Revie might have failed as England boss but at least he WAS the England boss...

To be honest there are too many more factual errors to list here, but if you take the movie for what it is, a work of fiction loosely based on fact , you can't go far wrong.

 Brian Clough is a Legend

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Being a huge Brian Clough fan, I was very apprehensive about how he was going to be portrayed.
He came out of it ok, and with his dignity just about intact.
But I still feel it is wrong that someone can write a book about someones experience based on the authors flights of fancy.
Anyway the movie does not really go that way, and shows Clough as the Charismatic, if a little eccentric and outspoken Genius that he was.
Clough and his assistant Taylor are the good guys, up against Don Davies Leeds United.
Acting wise Michael Sheen, nailed it. Brilliant performance.
To sum up, a pretty good British Sports Movie.

 brilliant. SUPER LEEDS

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As a life long super leeds united fan, i couldn't wait to watch this film. The cast, the plot etc is spot on. I'm only 23 so im not too familiar with don revi's side back in the 70's but never the less, great film. A must see for any footballing fan, not just leeds fans. Great film. Marching on together :)

 The very best Football movie of all time....

| | See all PauloFerrari's reviews (2)

Michael Sheen is outstanding as Brian Clough! Great support cast! Quite simply the greatest Football movie ever made........Don't let this one escape!!

 Thoroughly Enjoyable!

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This 97 minute film went in the blink of an eye! I`ve not enjoyed a film this much in years. I fail to see what the Clough family find so insulting about it to be honest as Brian is portrayed as a true legend by the excellent Sheen! Ably backed up by Mssrs Spall and Broadbent. It is a work of FICTION and how on earth can FICTION be `factually flawed`?? Well worth seeing honest!!

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ActorsMichael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall, Joseph Dempsie, Stephen Graham, Colm Meaney, Martin Compston, Maurice Roëves, Brian McCardie & Elizabeth Carling
DirectorTom Hooper
Certificate15 years and over
Year2009
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish for the hard of hearing ; English ; Hindi
Duration1 hour and 34 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.