The Damned United details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent, Joseph Dempsie, Maurice Roeves, Henry Goodman, Stephen Graham, Michael Sheen, Brian McCardie, Peter McDonald, Colm Meaney|
|Collections:||Best of 2009, Footie Films, Full English, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
The Damned United
|Run time:||1 hour 38 minutes|
|Rental release:||31 Aug 2009|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
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Entertainment 2 - 1 AccuracyBy 4Tell (148 reviews) from Edgbaston , 01 Apr 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]This is not really a football film. It is a film about egos, self-destruction and love. That said, I'm not sure a viewer would be quite as quickly drawn in to it without at least some idea of who Brian Clough and Don Revie were (even though the film does do its best to explain this and give a good idea of what it meant for Brian Clough to be appointed Leeds United manager in 1974 after Don Revie's departure).
The positives are: a truly terrific performance by Michael Sheen (not simply because he does seem to be Brain Clough, but because of the humour, warmth and internal conflicts he shows within the man); a really strong supporting cast; and an amusing script.
The negatives have to be that I left the cinema still feeling that I did not really understand what caused the self-destructive demons with Brian Clough, and that I had been shown a decent tale at the expense of great dollops of truth or detail.
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Damned goodBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 06 Mar 2013Michael Sheen is brilliant as Brian Clough during his reign at Leeds in the 1970s. A very good watchable dramatisation even if you don't like football
Remembering 'them furious times'By Platospupil (206 reviews) , 30 Jan 2013For those who remember 'them furious times' this is a film which will delight. A time when football was a yobs game but which tugged on the heart strings of the civic mass who put up with the lousy pitches, the terrible fouls and the moments of genius which lit up the 70s and 80s. It took me back and I was happy to go. Mind you .. did Brian's accent really wobble around like this?
He wasn't saying he was the best manager in the business. But he was in the top one...By AndrewDrisc (8 reviews) from Merthyr Tydfil , 24 Jan 2013The damned United is a fictionalised/dramatised representation of the 44 day period spent by Brian Clough in charge of Leeds United. How close to the truth I couldn't say as I wasn't there.
It also covers his successes at Derby and relationships with characters such as his long time assistant Peter Taylor
To be honest the film is about rivalry and ego, the fact that it's set over the background of football clubs shouldn't deter non-football fans from watching. I think the film sets out to explore what drives an individual such as Clough on. Success? Attention? Fame?
The acting is top rate, Michael Sheen is, as usual is outstanding, Colm Meany is quite eerie in his resemblance to Reevie, in general the cast are superb and the acting helps drive the film along. The setting is perfect and really gives a sense of the time. I'm not sure it shows off the football very well, but as I said, this isn't a film about football
Not all of the characters come across well, in particular some of the Leeds players and at times 'Clough' himself are made out to be bad guys. It's easy to see how several of the people resembled heer wouldn't be very happy with the film!
Overall this is a very enjoyable film, as long as you remember this isn't supposed to be a documentary and while based around real events, isn't fact.
Even if you don't like footyBy stooky (2 reviews) , 01 Jan 2013Great acting from the 2 main characters, especially Sheen. The script is as sharp as West Wing. I don't like football but really enjoyed this film.
great filmBy a customer , 18 Dec 2012great film! don't love football's film usually but this film is very well done!!!!Michael Sheen plays Brian Clough really well