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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I Knew Nothing about FootballBy Fangg (28 reviews) from Newtonmore , 02 Sep 2012I know nothing about Football; literally nothing beyond its a fairly entertaining ball game where a white sphere gets kicked about a pitch by 20 men, and the idea is to 'score' (ie hit the ball into nets at each end of said pitch). I know, however, that it is MASSIVE. And that in my local pub if i didn't know who Brian Clough was, i'd get punched unless i fished some vague names out the back of my head like Allie McCoist or... Eric Cantona, or Gary Lineker.
Okay i'll be honest. I don't know nothing. What i do know, though, is that i didn't know who or indeed care who Brian Clough was. Or indeed didn't give a jot about Football. I still don't.
Not the point; the point is to say Tom Hooper has crafted a fantastic film around a subject i know next to nothing about, about a historical story i know literally nothing about, and has me caring about people i up-until-five-mins ago didn't know.
Brian Clough, Peter Taylor, Don Revie? Never heard of them. But Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney bring so much life to these people on the screen that now i actually care about them. And as for Leeds United, well, i think i hate them - especially the dude Stephen Graham plays - but i care about the football. The film is a mastercraft in turning Football Management into a gripping narrative, in much the way Aaron Sorkin made American polotics interesting in The West Wing, or even Facebook interesting in The Social Network. I can now safely say, even though i still don't know a jot about football, that i know who Brian Clough is. And that'll get me kudos (and a pint) at the pub.
A great movie for those who like footballBy a customer , 24 Jun 2012A very well acted movie. Michael Sheen is never disapointing in any movie he is in. The movie kept true to the real life of Clough.
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Great football film that doesnt involve football!By TheWatchman (745 reviews) from Suburbia , 03 Jun 2012I dont mind football, but I doubt I could watch a movie containing lot of it, which is probably why I enjoyed The Damned United. It charts Brian Cloughs ill-fated move from Derby to Leeds where he comes uncharacteristically unstuck in his managerial attempts.
Martin Sheen is (as always) brilliant at playing the self appointed greatest manager in England and hes backed up by the equally excellent Timothy Spall and Jim Broadbent.
You dont have to love, or even know much about, football to like this film. Its about someone who isnt quite as clever as he thinks he is. Therefore you cant help but take a little bit of evil delight in his fall from grace. However, although Clough isnt always the genius he believes himself to be, hes never far from it. So, even when hes down, you know he wont be there for long.
Good British drama very entertaining.
Thumbs upBy Pussnboots (8 reviews) , 30 May 2012Michael Sheen plays a great Cloughy in this had him played to a tee. Brought back memories of the real thing, Very enjoyable.
the first thing you can do....By 16ybr (11 reviews) , 22 Apr 2012Great film, Michael Sheen plays Brian Clough really well, as well as the greatest English manager of all time,
'But as far as I'm concerned, the first thing you can do for me is to chuck all your medals and all your caps and all your pots and all your pans into the biggest f**king dustbin you can find'.
Made me laugh so much,
would highly recommend this film,