The Damned United

Synopsis: Taking over England's top football club Leeds United, previously successful manager Brian Clough's abrasive approach and his clear dislike of the players' dirty style of play make it certain there is going to be friction. Glimpses of his earlier career help explain both his hostility to previous manager Don Revie and how much he is missing right-hand man Peter Taylor who has loyally stayed with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Director(s): Tom Hooper
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

One - nil

Coming in, number two

This is what's wrong with the play.

Bye-bye, Hunter.


So it's sheer bedlam.

Oh, dear.

And now what?

More trouble off the ball.

This match has been riddled

with free kicks...

... from the start.

Leeds have got

what they deserved.

They've taken the F.A Cup

for the first time.

Domarski coming up square,

number 10.

And it's there. And England

are out of the World Cup.

The end of an era, Sir Alf Ramsey.

What sort of manager

is the F.A now looking for?

I presume a new-- A young--

With perhaps new ideas

and a track-suited manager.

Thank you.

I'm just gonna make

a brief statement.

Yesterday afternoon at 3:00...

...I accepted

the F.A's offer to become...

...the next manager

of the England national football team.

Now, obviously, this involves me

leaving Leeds United...

...after 13 happy

and successful years...

...which makes me very sad.

I'd like to think

I built the club into a family.

Now, there must be sadness

when anyone leaves a family.


...when one man leaves,

another steps into his place.

I know who I think

that person should be...

...the man to replace me.

And I have made my feelings clear

to the board of directors.

Thank you. No further comments.

-Someone from the team?

-Billy Bremner?

Is it someone

from Leeds' team, Mr. Revie?

-Give us a name, Mr. Revie.


-Is it Johnny Giles?

-Is it Johnny Giles?

Can you give us a name, Mr. Revie?

Can you give us a name?

-When are we there?

-Any moment now. On the right.

-There it is!

-It's there, Dad!

Where are you going?





-You missed it.

There's something else to do first.

It won't take long.

We welcome Brian Clough who starts

his job as manager of Leeds United...

...taking over from Don Revie...

...the most successful manager

in club history...

-...under whom Leeds won everything.

-Not quite everything.

Not won the European Cup.

But pretty much everything else.


-Daunted? Not at all, Austin.

Looking forward to it.

The biggest challenge of your life...

...and you'll be without Peter Taylor

for the first time...

-...a lifelong professional colleague.

-Yes, Pete's at Brighton now.

He had the opportunity

to come with me.

But Brighton was his choice,

Leeds was mine.

A surprising choice,

some might say...

...because you've been very vocal... your criticism of them

over the years.

I have.

You've accused the players

of dirty tactics...

...cheating, dissent, foul play.

You've called Norman Hunter

Norman "Bites Yer Legs" Hunter.

Peter Lorimer falls

when no one touches him.

-And I was right.

-But I'm curious.

Why do you now show such alacrity

to joining them...

...after such vituperative criticism

of them for so long?

Goodness. It will take me half an hour

to explain all those words for a start.

Football is a beautiful game, Austin.

It needs to be played beautifully.

I think Leeds

have sold themselves short.

They've been champions,

but they've not been good champions.

In the sense of wearing the crown well.

They've not been loved.

But then, you know,

that's hardly surprising given...

...the type of operation

that's been in place there.

"That type of operation"? I presume

you're referring to Don Revie...

... who has long been regarded

as a father figure in Leeds.

Now you're coming in

as the outsider...

... the enemy, even, after all the things

you've said in public.

Coming in and taking over

as a stepfather.

Wouldn't you expect some degree

of resentment to this?

I would accept...

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Peter Morgan

Peter Julian Robin Morgan CBE (born 10 April 1963) is a British film writer and playwright. Morgan is best known for writing the historical films and plays The Queen, Frost/Nixon, The Damned United and Rush. more…

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