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The Damned United (2009)


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3.5 out of 10 Great Fun
Ken from Louth, 25 Nov 2009
This looks like a made for TV movie and the flash forward and back style is a little clumsy. That aside it's immensely enjoyable even if the football scenes lack credibility. Sheen and Spall are superb as Clough and Taylor, ably supported by Colm Meaney as the cranky and gruff Revie. For those who remember that period it is good to reminisce and get some insight into it. Even if some of what is supposed to have happened in the film may be fanciful, and more importantly how good he was.
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4.5 out of 10 Leeds fans will love it
Alan from Dublin, 20 Dec 2009
I'm a Leeds United fan, I'm of that age that I could name the team ... Harvey, Reaney, Cherry, Charlton, Giles, Jones, Gray, Madeley, Bremner, Hunter, Lorimer ... and I like a sports movie so even before the DVD is loaded I'm a fan of this one. But apart from the nostalgia, it really was a great story. Colm Meaney is his usual brilliant self, and the setting, the grim North of England, is so authentic. This is whatever is the opposite of a chick flick.
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4.5 out of 10 Terrific
Dave from Galway, 07 Mar 2010
Yes, I'm a football fan, am fascinated by Clough and read the book, but I would still recommend this to anyone. Sheen's charismatic performance as Clough is more than matched by Colm Meaney, who turns in his best performance since 'The Snapper' and is a dead ringer for Revie. There's something of the Greek tragedy about Clough's obsession with trying to better his hometown rival; it makes for a riveting film.
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3.5 out of 10 Intriguing
Conor from Louth, 10 Feb 2011
Not necessarily for football fans only, its an interesting insight into the professional and emotional relationship between a manager and his assistant. Particularly considering the characters involved, Clough was an original and football will never see the like of him again in this age of primadonnas and snoods. Slightly different take than the novel its based upon.
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4.5 out of 10 Best football movie since "Escape to Victory" ?
Olga from Dublin, 20 Nov 2009
Great film, well acted. Best if you've an interest in football and some knowledge of the era. Some real footage mingleed with recreations. Only tells a very small part of what is in the book. But makes for a great film. Brendan Gleeson also makes a fine cameo as Leeds ex-manager Don Howe.
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