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The Damned United (2009)

Biography, Drama, Sport |.

The Damned United is a British sports drama film directed by Tom Hooper and adapted by Peter Morgan from David Peace’s bestselling 2006 novel The Damned Utd, a largely fictional book based on the author’s interpretation of Brian Clough’s ill-fated tenure as football manager of Leeds United in 1974. It was produced by BBC Films and Left Bank Pictures with additional funding from Screen Yorkshire and Columbia Pictures. Sony Pictures Releasing International distributed the film.

The film was originally proposed by Stephen Frears, but he pulled out of the project in November 2007. Hooper took his place and film was shot from May to July 2008. The film marks the fifth collaboration between screenwriter Peter Morgan and actor Michael Sheen who plays Clough.

After failing to qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, England manager Alf Ramsey is replaced by Don Revie, the highly successful manager of Leeds United. Revie’s replacement at Leeds is Brian Clough, the former manager of Derby County and a fierce critic of Leeds because of their violent and physical style of play under Revie’s management. Furthermore, Clough’s longtime assistant, Peter Taylor, has not joined him.

The roots of Clough’s conflict with Leeds are depicted as happening in a 1968 FA Cup match between Leeds, the leaders of the First Division and Derby, who were struggling near the bottom of the Second Division. Clough assumed Revie to be a similar man to himself, as they grew up in the same part of Middlesbrough and both played for Sunderland, and made many preparations for the match. However, on the day of the match, Revie failed to even acknowledge Clough upon entering the Baseball Ground. Derby eventually lost 2–0. Although Clough initially blames the brutality of the Leeds players, he and Taylor recognise that their side are not good on a technical level.

Director: Tom Hooper

Writers: Peter Morgan (screenplay), David Peace (novel)

Stars: Colm Meaney, Henry Goodman, David Roper, Jimmy Reddington, Oliver Stokes, Ryan Day, Michael Sheen


Colm MeaneyDon Revie
Henry GoodmanManny Cussins
David RoperSam Bolton
Jimmy ReddingtonKeith Archer
Oliver StokesNigel Clough
Ryan DaySimon Clough
Michael SheenBrian Clough
Mark BazeleyAustin Mitchell
Timothy SpallPeter Taylor
Maurice RoëvesJimmy Gordon
Stephen GrahamBilly Bremner
Peter McDonaldJohnny Giles
Mark CameronNorman Hunter
Frank SkillinYounger Nigel Clough
Dylan Van HoofYounger Simon Clough
Sydney WadeYounger Elizabeth Clough
Elizabeth CarlingBarbara Clough
Jim BroadbentSam Longson
Mark JamesonGroundsman
Liam ThomasLes Cocker
Glenn CunninghamSyd Owen
Tony GubbaCommentator
Gillian WaughLillian Taylor
Brian McCardieDave Mackay
Martin CompstonJohn O’Hare
Colin HarrisJohn McGovern
Giles AldersonColin Todd
Stewart RobertsonArchie Gemmill
Laurie ReaTerry Hennessey
Michael ParkinsonSir Michael Parkinson
Ralph InesonJournalist
Philip ChildsCommentator (Wembley)
Terence HarveyFA Committee Chairman
Gordon HallFA White Haired Elder
John CravenJohn Craven
Isabella Eades-JonesElizabeth Clough
Joe DempsieDuncan McKenzie
Paul BownMike Bamber
Christopher ChiltonFloor Manager
Tomasz AleksanderRoy McFarland
Muhammad AliSelf (archive footage)
Christopher AndertonBarker
David AspinallCameraman
Bax BaxterCommittee Member
Matt BlackhallExtra
Brian CloughSelf (archive footage)
Ross DonnellyFootball Supporter
Alex HarkerAllan Clarke
Nathan HeadPhotographer
Jimmy HillSelf (archive footage)
Tobias James-SamuelsFootball player
Kevin KeeganSelf (archive footage)
James MacCollLuton Town Player
James MansellMan in crowd
Mark MathiesonFootball Supporter
Chris MoorePaul Madeley
Stephen NicholasAlan Durban
Paul O’BrienPhil Thompson
Don RevieSelf (archive footage)
Alexander RogersonFootball Player
John SavageGordon McQueen
Brendon SelleyDugout Football Fan
David Stevenson(uncredited)
Elliot StroudSolicitor
Peter TaylorSelf (archive footage)
Danny TomlinsonDavid Harvey
Craig WilliamsJoe Jordan
Chris WilsonFA Disciplinary Board Member

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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