The Damned United

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Synopsis:
From the Academy Award-nominated writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon, The Damned United is based on the incredible true story of Brian Clough, one of England’s greatest soccer managers and his 44 controversial days at the helm of reigning champs Leeds United. Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and Twilight Saga: New Moon) triumphs as Clough starring alongside a winning ensemble cast that includes Timothy Spall (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Colm Meaney (Layer Cake) and Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince). This inspiring and humorous sports drama is about the power of friendship in the face of adversity and the stubborn will of one man to play by his own rules.

Genre: Comedies
Director: Tom Hooper -
Theatrical Release: 2009
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 97 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray Disc
Language: English

Synopsis:
From the Academy Award-nominated writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon, The Damned United is based on the incredible true story of Brian Clough, one of England’s greatest soccer managers and his 44 controversial days at the helm of reigning champs Leeds United. Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and Twilight Saga: New Moon) triumphs as Clough starring alongside a winning ensemble cast that includes Timothy Spall (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Colm Meaney (Layer Cake) and Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince). This inspiring and humorous sports drama is about the power of friendship in the face of adversity and the stubborn will of one man to play by his own rules.

After tackling Tony Blair and David Frost, actor Michael Sheen turns to another driven historical figure: football manager Brian Clough. Talented but abrasive, Clough alienates some of those around him, including his rival, Don Revie. When Clough has the chance to coach Leeds, Revie?s former team, he takes on the role of the manager of the country?s best soccer team. Also starring Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent, and Colm Meaney, this film marks the fourth time screenwriter Peter Morgan (THE QUEEN, FROST/NIXON) has crafted a character for Sheen.;

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Timothy Spall - British Actor, TOPSY-TURVY (1999)
Colm Meaney - Irish Supporting Actor
Peter Morgan - Screenwriter, ESCAPE FROM COLDITZ (2006)
Peter Morgan - Screenwriter, ESCAPE FROM COLDITZ (2006)
Michael Sheen - Actor, UNDERWORLD (2003)
Christine Langan - Producer, DIRTY FILTHY LOVE (2004)
Tom Hooper -
Andy Harries - Producer, THE QUEEN, (2006)
Hugo Heppell - Executive producer
Ben Smithard - Director of photography
David Peace - Author
Total Film
04/01/2009
3 stars out of 5 -- "Morgan clearly has a deep affection for the source material and its protagonist while, as clough, Sheen hits screamers into the back of the net pretty much every time he's on screen."
Variety
03/27/2009
"Sheen's typically scrupulous channeling of Clough gets the tics and mannerisms right, but also carves a moving portrait of a braggart suddenly out of his depth....Period styling throughout is on the money..."
Film Comment
09/01/2009
"[The film] has an authentic aroma of English football in the Seventies....Michael Sheen nails his charismatic swagger; Colm Meaney is especially good as the mirthless Revie..."
Hollywood Reporter
09/09/2009
"[T]his is historical fiction that continues Morgan's intriguing inquiry into the uses and abuses of power and how personalities get distorted by a taste of fame or success."
USA Today
10/16/2009
3 stars out of 4 -- "Well-made, with a seamless interweaving of archival footage, THE DAMNED UNITED is a straightforward character study. What vaults the film above the standard sports movie is the stellar performance by Michael Sheen."
Chicago Sun-Times
10/14/2009
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "It skillfully uses some archival footage, which evokes the pitch of feeling during a match."
New York Times
10/14/2009
"THE DAMNED UNITED shares with THE QUEEN and FROST/NIXON not only a writer and a star, but also a precise and satisfying sense of proportion."
Entertainment Weekly
10/16/2009
"It's no accident that Sheen displays some of the same incisive understanding of human inconsistency and political strategy that he demonstrated in THE QUEEN and FROST/NIXON: Peter Morgan wrote all three screenplays..."
Washington Post
10/23/2009
"It's more than a detailed account of one man's petty vindictiveness in a bygone era. It's about how our hatred can consume us so deeply that we lose sight of everything."

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