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The film explores the story by moving backwards and forwards in time, but always at the heart of The Damned United is its trump card. Michael Sheen has already richly deserved an abundance of plaudits in his acting career, not least for his superb portrayal of David Frost in Frost/Nixon, and he carves out another terrific performance here. Taking on the challenge of playing the larger than life Clough, his work here is tremendous, and the highlight of an already-strong cast that also features Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney.
On the screen, the story of The Damned United is actually distilled into quite a straightforward tale, albeit one considerably enhanced by its aforementioned cast. It wisely keeps its running time trimmed, and while you can’t help but suspect that there’s much to the story that’s not explored here, it’s a good, solid telling of a quite extraordinary tale. Sheen won’t, of course, attract Oscar-attention for such a resoundingly British role, but surely his time, on this latest piece of evidence, will come. --Jon Foster
If you remember watching football from the Terraces in the 1970's, then this film captures the period and the atmosphere perfectly. Read morePublished 12 days ago by S. Moore
Probably only 30% of the movie is true however I'd still hugely rate this being of one of the best football films about one of England's greatest managers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew Daffern
You don't have to be a football fan to like this. It's about ambition, ego and the perversity of human life. Within a few seconds Micheal Sheen had become Brian Clough in my mind. Read morePublished 1 month ago by thinknicethoughts
Fantastic - not as dark as the book, brilliant portrayal of Sir Brian by Michael Sheen, for missing this film "you want bl**dy shooting"! #nffcPublished 2 months ago by Mr N Hodgett