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The Damned United [DVD] [2009]

Michael Sheen , Timothy Spall , Tom Hooper    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent, Colm Meaney, Elizabeth Carling
  • Directors: Tom Hooper
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Aug 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TV0AHW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,802 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Based on the best-selling book of the same name, The Damned United is the story of one of Britain’s finest ever football managers, Brian Clough, and his curtailed 44-day reign at the helm of Leeds United. It turns out it’s also the tale of his formative years at Derby County, the story of his rivalry with previous Leeds United boss Don Revie, and ultimately, the exploration of his relationship with his assistant, Peter Taylor.

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

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), Hindi ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Based on David Peace's book, The Damned United portrays the tempestuous 44 days that forthright Brian Clough (Michael Sheen) spent as manager of Leeds United. After alienating the side's star players and a string of awful results, 'Cloughie' was given the boot, but that's just half the story! Brian Clough was one of a kind. In 1974, Clough was already a renowned figure, just as much for his dynamic personality as for his fantastic managerial ability. Having led Derby County to the first league victory in their history, Clough left in a cloud of controversy and, after a brief spell at Brighton, found himself in the Leeds United hotseat after Don Revie's departure for the England job. What followed was the most incredible 44 days of football management! ...The Damned United

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seconds Out 6 Sep 2009
Don Revie and Brian Clough were great footballers and great managers, both from Middlesbrough (about 10 miles north of where I grew up) but the film sets them up as tragic enemies in a reputational boxing match in which stinging blow after blow is landed by each to the benefit of neither. David Pearce's novel has Clough as the admirer of Revie who turns against his hero. They battle it out at key points of Clough's early career at Derby County, and at his short career at Leeds itself, and finish it off on TV. Revie leaves for disappointment at England, Clough to be reborn at Nottingham Forest, neither are ever the same again.

Michael Sheen is scary as Clough, Colm Meaney brilliant as Revie, both sound like their counterparts and even begin to look like the originals. The Leeds squad is recognisable even to me at this remove; and so is the pre-Thatcher world of self-made men running British sport with all the witless charm that they ran their businesses. The attitudes, the accents, the fashions and the locations are spot on; yet this is not a sports film, you see very little soccer, it's an old fashioned tragedy about rivalry and hubris, about genius and the deadening effect of the mediocre types who seem to run sport (as they run life). The cast are brilliant and the result a great tale.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Gingy77
The copy accompanying this film on it's release tried to suggest you didn't need to be a sports fan to appreciate it. I am not convinced of that. An unhealthy appreciation of mid-70s football and an awareness of Mr. Clough ought, I would have thought, to be a pre-requisite. The story isn't sustaining enough for someone disinterested in those aspects.

Sheen plays Clough as well as he played Tony Blair and David Frost in prior movies. Clough was a very mannered man, so it couldn't have been that arduous for Sheen, but he manages to convey the unshakeable self-belief that Cloughie had and his massively sized ego. The John Motson style sheepskin coats and the overweight, cigar-smoking chairmen were all a little too obvious but I guess that was how it really was. Unlike Jonathan Coe's Rotters Club, which is set in exactly the same period, there are no references or influences from the wider political or economic times.

The tale is pretty true to the history. The rivalry between Clough when he was the Derby County manager and Don Revie, the all-conquering Leeds United Manager is well documented and this comes across strongly. Little was made of Clough's relationship with the bottle which ultimately cut short his life, but generally speaking it was a fair representation of what happened, at least as far as I remember. So Leeds fired him after 44 days, but the last laugh was on them as Clough went on to manage Nottingham Forest to back-to-back wins in the European Cup (as it was then) in 1980 and 1981, something not emulated by another British club to this day. Revie ended up washed out, having failed at managing England and then a stint in the Middle East. Leeds briefly recaptured the glory in the early nineties but then faded dramatically.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 25 Jan 2010
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I saw this, originally, at the cinema and I was a little sceptical. I assumed it was ALL about football, but I wanted to see it as I knew it had a great cast (Michael Sheen - genius!, Tim Spall - multi-talented). I would recommend this to anyone. Guys will love the football and girls will love the story. The film is not really about football, it's about the relationship between Sheen and Spall's characters. I confess, I haven't read the book - but I really did enjoy the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About football but not just for fans 13 Oct 2009
By haunted
Having read David Peace's book "The Damned United" I was looking forward to seeing this film. The film is based on the same events as the book rather than based on the book itself. This is not surprising as a lot of the book is extremely dark as it suggests what was going on in Brian Clough's mind in a time of crisis and would be difficult to transfer to film.

The main story is about the 44 days that Brian Clough spent as manager of Leeds United in 1974. Long time Leeds manager Don Revie resigned to become the England manager. Clough was seen as the best young manager in England at the time. He had taken small club Derby County from the second division to win an unlikely League championship in 1972. He seemed a perfect choice to bring Leeds to even more success with their star-studded team. However on closer inspection maybe his selection wasn't so inspired. Clough was a very outspoken analyst and had always accused Revie and Leeds of routinely using underhand and dirty tactics. Revie didn't support Clough's appointment and preferred current player John Giles to take over.

Rather than putting all this behind him when he took over at Leeds he repeats his old opinions to the players and announces he will completely change Leeds' style of play. He takes a hands-off attitude to daily training. Whereas Revie loved coaching the players daily and spent hours preparing dossiers on opposing teams Clough expects these star players to just get on with it with relatively little input from him.
Very poor results at the start of the season make it clear that this is a marriage made in hell. A player's revolt forces the board to sack Clough.

Like the book the film also switches between Clough's time and Leeds and his earlier management career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, that just happens to be about sport
Sheen is excellent. Forget your football loyalties and watch a film about sporting rivalry, personal ambitions and human emotions. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Mr Colin Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Loved Clough's approach to things. Seems to be close to story. Of interest to non football fans too. Most enjoyable
Published 28 days ago by chriswgy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
I saw this film ages ago and was delighted to find it on amazon and buy a copy of my own. Great value for money too.
Published 1 month ago by Ann Birkinshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars If you lived through this time, buy it!
Or even if you didn't. It is a great part of the BC story and very well acted. The representation of BC is perfect and captures him and his character perfectly.
Published 3 months ago by Robert Goldfield
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GOVERNOR.
Published 5 months ago by Dave Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great football history film
Great football history film centred around Brian Clough.
Anyone who knows and loves their football and of an age to have known about Brian Clough (up to early 90s say) will... Read more
Published 5 months ago by FH
5.0 out of 5 stars damned united
bought it for a stocking filler then it was on tele as a Christmas film.It was a great story anyway and
Published 6 months ago by maz
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, indeed
I can remember the distaste everyone at my school, and my father who was a great footballer, had for Leeds United. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carl Hufton
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my choice of film
I brought this as a present for a massive football fan and they loved it I may even ask if I can borrow it and see what all the fuss is about
Published 7 months ago by Lisa Mathew
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Most football fans would like this film. I wasnt too sure at first but gave it a chance. Delivery took more than a week which was the only downside but really i wasn't bothered.
Published 8 months ago by Selina Edward
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