The Damned United

Rated R 98 minutes 2009

Depending on your familiarity with the history of English club soccer football, director Tom Hooper’s 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 Clough’s 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 Clough’s 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.).

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Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/thedamnedunited

Director: Tom Hooper

Writer: Peter Morgan and David Peace

Producer: Andy Harries

Cast: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent, Joseph Dempsie, Maurice Roëves, Henry Goodman, Stephen Graham, Brian McCardie and Peter McDonald

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