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The Damned United

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United Kingdom · 2009
Rated R · 1h 37m
Director Tom Hooper
Starring Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent
Genre Drama

After taking over as manager for top English football club Leeds United, Brian Clough faces a tough challenge as he tries to change the way they play. Flashbacks reveal that this job means a lot more to Clough than he originally let on…. Based on a true story.

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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").


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

It's a classic and even charming yarn of vanity, hubris and redemption, played out against the bizarre, intense alternate universe of '70s English soccer.


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Hardly the heady stuff of "Frost/Nixon"--or then again, maybe exactly the same thing. This one’s more rude and fun.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Meaney’s Flintstone-ian brute makes a terrific foil to Sheen’s prissy arrogance, but the other supporting players don’t make much of an impression. Ditto for this slice of history itself, though mileage may vary for soccer fans.


Empire by William Thomas

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

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