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The Damned United Details


The creators of such docudramas as and re-team for this period sports chronicle set in 1974. In England, the Leeds United players retain a status as the preeminent champions of their football league. Unfortunately, the manager to whom the team owes much of its success, visionary Don Revie (Colm Meaney), promptly leaves the unit to take over the England team. His replacement, the slick and confident Brian Clough (Michael Sheen), is publicly known as a vociferous critic of the team's approach to games. Clough has some experience and success to back him up -- in flashbacks, the film details how he and his business partner Peter Taylor (Timothy Spall) coached Derby County from the bottom of the Second Division to the League Championships, though they had much less success working with the Brighton team later on. For various reasons, Taylor refuses to accompany Clough to his new post in Leeds, so Clough must go it alone. Clough wastes no time aggressively attempting to modify the playing style of the team -- he dictates that they play more attractively, and less violently. This clashes with the intentions of the team members, however. When the players hit the field, they find it extraordinarily difficult to adapt to the mandates of their new coach, which sets the stage for a series of losses and puts Clough's reputation on the line. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:October 9, 2009


Michael Sheen
as Brian Clough
Timothy Spall
as Peter Taylor
Colm Meaney
as Don Revie
Jim Broadbent
as Sam Longson
Henry Goodman
as Manny Cussins
Maurice Roeves
as Jimmy Gordon
Stephen Graham
as Billy Bremner
Brian McCardie
as Dave Mackay
Peter McDonald
as Johnny Giles
Giles Anderson
as Colin Todd
Mark Bazeley
as Austin Mitchell
Martin Compston
as John O'Hare
David Roper
as Sam Bolton
Jimmy Reddington
as Keith Archer
Oliver Stokes
as Nigel Clough
Ryan Day
as Simon Clough
Mark Cameron
as Norman Hunter
Frank Skillin
as Younger Nigel Clough
Sydney Wade
as Younger Elizabeth Clough
Elizabeth Carling
as Barbara Clough
Mark Jameson
as Groundsman
Liam Thomas
as Les Cocker
Glenn Cunningham
as Syd Owen
Tony Gubba
as Himself
Gillian Waugh
as Lillian Taylor
Laurie Rea
as Terry Hennessey
Michael Parkinson
as Himself
Ralph Ineson
as Journalist
Philip Childs
as Commentator (Wembley)
Terence Harvey
as FA Committee Chairman
Isabella Eades-Jones
as Elizabeth Clough
Paul Bown
as Mike Bamber
Christopher Chilton
as Floor Manager


Tom Hooper
Andy Harries
Peter Morgan
David Peace
Book Author
Ben Smithard
Liz Gallacher
Musical Direction/Supervision
Rob Lane
Composer (Music Score)
Melanie Oliver
Eve Stewart
Production Designer
Leon McCarthy
Art Director
Grainne Marmion
Lee Morris
Jachym Topol
Executive Producer
Peter Morgan
Executive Producer
Christine Langan
Executive Producer
Hugo Heppell
Executive Producer
Mike O'Neill
Costume Designer
Martin Curry
First Assistant Director
Dan Hubbard
Monique Mussell
Production Manager
Paul Hamblin
Re-Recording Mixer
Jan Archibald
Jan Archibald
Hair Styles
Rob Lane
Alistair Hopkins
Post Production Supervisor
Tom Rye
Second Assistant Director
Jemima Thomas
Script Supervisor
Camilla Stephenson
Location Manager
Ben Ashmore
Special Effects Coordinator
Daniel Sampedro
Production Coordinator
Lee Walpole
Supervising Sound Editor
Juanjo Seda
Unit Production Manager
Martin Beresford
Sound Recordist