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Set in 1960's and 1970's England, THE DAMNED UNITED tells the confrontation and darkly humourous story of Brian Clough's doomed 44 day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football Leeds United. Previously managed by his bitter rival Don Revie, and on the back of their most successful period ever as a football club, Leeds was perceived by many to represent a new agressive and cynical style of football - an anathema to the principled yet flambouyant Brian Blough, who had achieved astonishing success as manager of Hartlepool and Derby County building teams in his own vision with trust lieutenant Peter Taylor. Taking the Leeds job without Taylor by his side, with a changing room full of what in his mind were still Don's boys, would lead to an unheralded examination of Clough's belligerence and brilliance over 44 days. This is that story. The story of The Damned United.
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About controversial soccer manager Brian Clough, set in 1974 but flashing back to the 1960s, about Clough's ill-fated 44-day reign as coach of Leeds United, then one of England's most successful soccer teams.
From the Academy Award-nominated writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon, The Damned United is based on the incredible true story of Brian Clough, one of England's greatest soccer managers.
The Damned United is based on the incredible true story of Brian Clough, one of England's greatest soccer managers and his 44 controversial days at the helm of reigning champs Leeds United. Michael Sheen triumphs as Clough starring alongside a winning ensemble cast that includes Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney and Jim Broadbent. This inspiring and humorous sports drama is about the power of friendship in the face of adversity and the stubborn will of one man to play by his own rules.
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