The Damned United
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Set in 1960s and 1970s England, "The Damned United" tells the confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Clough's doomed 44-day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football--Leeds United. Previously managed by Clough's bitter rival Don Revie, the Leeds team had just completed its most successful period ever as a football club. It was perceived by many to represent a new aggressive and cynical style of football--an anathema to the principled yet flamboyant Clough, who had achieved astonishing success as manager of Hartlepool and Derby County. He had… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"Two things that the British know that most Americans don't: Michael Sheen is the best actor in the English-speaking world; and soccer is the only football that matters."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"One of [its] primary that, in choosing a topic as narrow and parochial as the fate of an English soccer club, Morgan has relieved himself of any duty to persuade us that the events he describes are of world-historical import."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"The Damned United eliminates the existential anguish and pain that propelled Peace's novel, and curtails its lowering style."
‑ Graham Fuller, Film Comment Magazine
"Michael Sheen has played vampires and werewolves, but works up his most insatiable bloodlust as Brian Clough in this sharply observed, superbly acted drama that realizes sports forms as nasty a symbiotic relationship with a nation's people as politics."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"This slice of British football sports history won't have any cultural resonance for us Yanks... but the portrait of ambition and hubris run amok resonates in any arena..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"The Damned United is a most entertaining study in obsession wrapped in a traditional sports movie."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A finely constructed and fiercely entertaining soccer movie that deals more in pride and obsession than penalty kicks."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"as foreign for American audiences as a story about one of Billy Martin's stints with the Yankees would be in the U.K."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Morgan, Hooper and Sheen have crafted a moving, funny and loving tribute to the spirit of a man who effortlessly defined the spirit of the greatest sport ever."
‑ Simon Foster,
""The Damned United" is a fascinating look at a very complex man, both talented and tone-deaf, arrogant and insecure, caring and hard-hearted."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The Damned United is a thoughtful and entertaining study on the perils of ambition that has little to do with soccer and a lot to do with being human. Well-played."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"[Michael Sheen] adds to his gallery of public figures (Tony Blair, David Frost) with a sharp performance here as the legendary UK soccer coach Brian Clough."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"If soccer is a Shakespearean drama, then The Damned United is Richard III."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"A provocative, darkly funny and particularly damning character study of hubris couched in idealism."
‑ Alice Tynan, Concrete Playground
"Finds its riveting story in the locker-room and board-room wranglings of competitive team leaders, and dissects them with documentary-style precision."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Charlotte Weekly
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