The Damned United

When Brian Clough took on Leeds United – and lost his way

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He’s played Tony Blair and David Frost, and in this Michael Sheen is fan­tas­tic as Brian Clough, the leg­endary, over-opin­ion­ated but prin­ci­pled English foot­ball man­ager of the late 1960s and 1970s. This su­perb movie tells the tale of Cloughie’s doomed

44-day ten­ure as re­formist man­ager of hard­play­ing reign­ing champs, Leeds United, hon­ing in on his bit­ter clash with Leeds’ pre­vi­ous man­ager Don Re­vie (Colm Meaney) and Clough’s stormy friend­ship with his trusty lieu­tenant, Peter Tay­lor (a scene-steal­ing Ti­mothy Spall). A ter­rific tale of bel­liger­ence, bril­liance and the beau­ti­ful game.

Dir: Tom Hooper 2009, 15, 90min

Short-term boss: Sheen leads out an un­will­ing team

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