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The Damned United (2009)

DIRECTOR Tom Hooper
STARS Michael Sheen, Colm Meaney, Stephen Graham, Timothy Spall

This is not just a gentle warm-up for his King's Speech glory: Tom Hooper pulled off a credible away win with this Brian Clough biopic set among the satanic mills of '70s football. Michael Sheen inspires as the cocky young manager – a muck-and-brass Mourinho whose attempts to motivate his team of Leeds stars amounted to 44 days in the footballing wilderness. Clough bounces back at Nottingham Forest, forging a winning partnership with avuncular assistant Peter Taylor (Timothy Spall) and whipping a seemingly ungifted side into worldbeaters. Think Moneyball with less money and a bigger ball, and a terrific central performance from Sheen.
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QUICK POLL Should The Damned United be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Football
THE TEAM
Derby County, Leeds United
DOCUMENTARY?
No.
DEFINING MOMENT
While their manager anxiously paces the home dressing room, Clough's Derby side set about the Leeds team of hated rival Don Revie on the pitch. For Cloughie, glorious vindication comes amid wide-lapelled suits and tubes of Deep Heat.
KEY TACTICS
Unpredictability. We think Clough may have borrowed from Sun Tzu's 'Over The Moon Brian'.
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Your Comments

1 Underdog film
Dodgeball certainly remains one of the classic underdog films, not just for its inspirational value, but its usual comedy, too. And perhaps some of the others could make this list too: http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-underdogs/ ranker-film Read More

Posted on Wednesday June 18, 2014, 18:51 by Imperion

2 See Also
Karate Kid, The Waterboy, The foot fist way, Hot rod, Caddy Shack, The mighty ducks, coach carter, blades of glory, mean machine, leatherheads, the ringer, nacho libre, kicking and screaming, baseketball, remember the titans, brians song, don king: only in america, cinderella man, million dollar baby, somebody up there likes me, the boxer, knuckle, bend it like beckham, fever pitch, zidane Read More

Posted on Saturday September 15, 2012, 18:42 by bnicholson50

3 RE: What the Hell!?
l largely an excuse for Chaplin to show off his legendary slapstick skills and rubbery physical abilities while poking fun at sports clichés and underdog stories, but it's still more entertaining than most of the films it skewers. ow exactly does Chaplin, in 1915, skewer films that are very very far from being made and poking fun at sports clichés that do not yet exist? Read More

Posted on Wednesday July 25, 2012, 00:42 by Evil_Bob

4 RE: Rocky - third place
BASEketball should totally be in here. Okay it's not a real sport, but it is a sport movie. And it's funny as shit wise a pretty damn solid list. (Rocky 2-4 should be included as well, but maybe that's being a bit greedy...) Read More

Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2012, 13:55 by Whistler


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