The Damn United: Clough with Leeds

Director Tom Hooper gives sports fans and movies lovers alike a better look at what really happens on and off the field of a football match with The Damned United. Michael Sheen plays legendary football manager Brian Clough, who was known for his drive, hard work and his ability to piss nearly anyone off.

Check out the review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Tom Hooper
  • Writer: Peter Morgan (screenplay), David Peace (novel)
  • Starring: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney and Jim Broadbent

The Plot:

Brian Clough was the manager of England’s top football club Leeds United, for a grand total of 44 days. Due to his abrasive approac h,he may have been one of the greatest managers of all time, but no one could stand him. Due to a snub, from Leeds’ previous manager Revie very early on in his career, his goal was to take him down and teach his players’ how to stop playing dirty. The film takes a look at his career from his first team that he made champions, to his reign at Leeds, and helps to explain where the deep revelry between two great football managers was born.

The Good:

  • Michael Sheen: He’s amazing. At times possibly a touch over the top and more Clough than Clough himself, but I feel like that’s because he had to bring this character to the bring screen and make you side with him. I don’t know if it would have been that easy to side with the real Clough. Overall I thought he did a great job at embodying Clough and then taking you along for the ride.
  • The Football: Not soccer, but football. This is an English film and so sorry American’s that’s what it’s called. Being someone who is not a sports fan, the sports scenes were added in well. They only added in the playing if it helped unravel the plot. I’m sure there’s enough for you sport’s fans out there, but what’s nice for everyone else is that there are no needless shots, everything is there for a reason and well explained (without hitting you over the head), so you won’t get lost in the game.
  • The Story: Never before have a cared about, nor understood the depths of rivalry between football teams. I’ve seen films about obsessed fans, but never understood why they were that way until now. You’ll find it hard to NOT be one of those people picking a side and rooting for it. What’s amazing about the film is that you will see how petty many of these fights are and yet you’ll still care about them.

The Bad:

  • I got nothing: Honestly, there were things that weren’t perfect, but this was honestly a fun ride from the title sequence to the credits.


This is a fun film for sports fans and none sports fans alike. It’s well acted, well directed, and overall a really great film.

Rating: 8.5/10

Check out the film in select theaters October 9th!

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