Depending on your familiarity with the history of English club soccer football, director Tom Hoopers humorous, nostalgic profile of manager Brian Clough (played by go-to historical impersonator Michael Sheen) is either a glimpse into a little known time and place or the awful truth behind Cloughs efforts to mold Leeds United into a football powerhouse in the 1970s. Major local color: lovely Yorkshire weather, soggy brick, rusted sheet metal, muddy pitches, and a lovely collection of ugly, ruddy faces, especially that of Cloughs nemesis, former coach Don Revie (Colm Meaney). Worth a look for adventurous sports fans. Screenplay by Peter Morgan, from the novel by David Peace (97 min.).
Director: Tom Hooper
Writer: Peter Morgan and David Peace
Producer: Andy Harries
Cast: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent, Joseph Dempsie, Maurice RoÃ«ves, Henry Goodman, Stephen Graham, Brian McCardie and Peter McDonald