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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Entertaining for non football fans tooBy a customer , 07 Dec 2011I wasn't sure if I would like this film because I am generally not an avid follower of football. However Michael Sheen is as brilliant as ever and immerses you in to the world of football management in the 70s. Very eye opening. This is surely a must for any football fan and a palatable compromise for non football fans.
A good watch... when you're boredBy NPatel (7 reviews) , 30 Nov 2011A fact-based story about the legendary Brian Clough and Peter Taylor leading a lowly Derby team to the First Division Title. The film was captivating throughout but a bit of a let down at the end, didn't really finish with any sort of a bang. Its defo a must watch for football fans with Michael Sheen doing a good Clough impersonation! It focused a lot more on the backstage antics rather than the on field action, which was a good change to other sports films. Overall I wasn't disappointed but if you don't have an interest in football or have a short attention span probably then not the film for you!
If you like football, you'll like this.By JHW (25 reviews) from Bristol , 15 Nov 2011Keeps you entertained throughout - not with special efffects or complex story lines, but through sheer interest. Michael Sheen turns out another brilliant and beliveable display, this time as Brian Clough. Watching his ambition and drive and absolute refusal to do things anything other than his way tells a good story and gives the younger (under 40) football fan a look into how thie manager became a legend.
If you like football, you'll like this.
Football for the massesBy greekone (10 reviews) from Sevenoaks , 31 Oct 2011I remember the Leeds team of the 70's and this film captures those days wonderfully. Its sad to see the way Cloughie was treated, what a sad waste. There aren't many good football movies and this is one.
back page filmBy andyhall1986 (35 reviews) from Stranabrosney , 22 Sep 2011heard about this film for ages and thought it was time i found out what all the fuss was all bout. real good interesting films into one of the most successfull managers in english football history ( just not at leeds). well acted passionate performance from the cast that made this a really unmissable film for any one, more than just a football film
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