Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Damned United - DVD Review


Starring Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent, Colm Meaney and Henry Goodman.
Directed by Tom Hooper.

Brian Clough is apparently one of the winningest English football coaches in history. (That's "soccer" to the Yanks.) But this story avoids the usual sports movie "inspiring coach turns rag-tag group into winners" and instead focusses on the worst coaching job of his life, when in 44 days he turns the champion Leeds team into losers.

Clough is played by Michael Sheen, whose been adept enough to play David Frost, Tony Blair, a vampire and a werewolf in his eclectic career. It's really interesting to watch the dynamic between Clough and his mentor/rival played by Colm Meaney.

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