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The Damned United

HD   R Closed Captioning

Tom Hooper

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About the Movie

About controversial soccer manager Brian Clough, set in 1974 but flashing back to the 1960s, about Clough's ill-fated 44-day reign as coach of Leeds United, then one of England's most successful soccer teams.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 128
  • Fresh: 119
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The rare sports movie that deals with humiliation and disappointment. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Sheen is wonderful. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Like a tense World Cup match, there's a lack of scoring, but it is still riveting. – Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: While it's true that a couple of the characters are vivid creations, it's hard to glean what else Morgan sees in this story, which he adapted from a novel by David Peace, besides a showcase for Sheen. Mostly, that's enough. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Oct 30, 2009

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Customer Reviews

What a wonderful story!

Based on the brief iTunes description of the story behind this movie, I pegged it as a movie I could do without: controversial sports figure fired after 44 days. Negative stuff about something that I look to for entertainment and inspiration (i.e. sports). If a good friend of mine had not strenuously asked me to watch it, I wouldn't have. Was I ever pleasantly surprised! I found all the entertainment and inspiration I could handle. Absolutely terrific acting. The actor playing Brian Clough (central character) looked familiar. I checked IMdb and couldn't believe it was the same actor that played Tony Blair in "The Queen" and David Frost in "Frost vs Nixon" - Michael Sheen. He, Colm Meaney (his rival) and the rest of the cast were fantastic. Couldn't recommend this movie more.

Nicely Done

A must see for any fan of English football. Hopefully we see Leeds back in the Premiere League one day.

A great football flick

Surprisingly well done. Any fan of football (soccer) will enjoy this film, and anyone who is not yet a fan may possibly become one! Michael Sheen really stands out and owns the part. Overall a great sports film that does more than you would expect.

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