Worth Watching - Aug 2: Peter Morgan's Damned United Trailer

August 2, 2009
Source: Apple

The Damned United Trailer

Sony Pictures Classics recently debuted the official trailer for The Damned United, which stars Michael Sheen as Brian Clough and a host of other very talented British actors, including Colm Meaney, Stephen Graham, Timothy Spall, and Jim Broadbent. The film is a look at Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the Leeds United soccer team. If you're not from England, you may not know that much about the story, but this actually looks quite fascinating, probably thanks to the screenplay by Peter Morgan, who you may know best as the writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon. Anyway, I highly suggest you check out this trailer below.

Watch the official trailer for The Damned United:

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You can also watch the trailer for The Damned United in High Definition on Apple

The Damned United is directed by British filmmaker Tom Hooper, of Red Dust, Longford, and multiple episodes of HBO's "John Adams" previously. The screenplay was written by Oscar nominated writer Peter Morgan, of The Last King of Scotland, The Queen, Longford, The Other Boleyn Girl, and Frost/Nixon previously. This is also based off of David Peace's novel of the same name about coach Brian Clough. Sony Pictures Classics is bringing The Damned United to limited theaters starting on September 25th this fall.

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leeds united sucks!!! but the movie looks exiting!

F.C. on Aug 2, 2009


and i qoute: "The story of his short spell in charge has been adapted into a film called The Damned United released in 2009, based on David Peace's novel of the same name, and starring Michael Sheen. The publishers of the novel were successfully sued by Irish midfielder Johnny Giles who wrote, "Many of the things Peace talks about in the book never happened and for that reason, I felt it necessary to go to the Courts to establish that this was fiction based on fact and nothing more." However, many people portrayed in the book had died by the time of the book's release, such as Bremner, Revie, Peter Taylor, and Clough himself, and therefore were unable to take similar action as Giles. The book includes a scene with Brian Clough in the Elland Road car park burning Don Revie's old desk. There is no factual basis for this. The Clough family have expressed disappointment at the publication of the book."

Brian Barajas on Aug 2, 2009


#2, mind sharing the source of your quote?

captain subtext on Aug 2, 2009


Colm Meaney is not a British actor. He is completely and totally Irish. British and Irish are not interchangeable.

Tim on Aug 2, 2009


i guess if you're british, this would be interesting. the acting looks good; but, i just feel lost as to the history of what i probably won't be watching this.

dan on Aug 2, 2009


I knew nothing about the background of the film and really don't like football at all, but I found this film fascinating. It's much darker than this trailer makes out though. And Colm Meaney is not a British actor.

Alex on Aug 2, 2009


Im British..I like Manchester...But im more into American Football since I currently live in Arizona..And most likely Vancouver, Canada.But this does sound exciting. Colm Meaney..I dont like him at all. An Irish Actor..almost unheard of. Only American, British and Australian these days. :p wonder why...oh yeah..Irish only show one expression. PAIN

Scott on Aug 2, 2009


I loved it. Definetly seeing this one!

Xerxex on Aug 2, 2009


If you don't live in the UK and you recognize all the actors then you've watched too many UK films. lol!! More refering to myself then anyone else really 😛

LW on Aug 2, 2009


Wow, I am really jazzed about this film 🙂 I've only been following the EPL for the last 4-5 years but have really enjoyed reading stories about Football's past and this certainly looks like a gem.

Catbert on Aug 2, 2009

11 took the words right out of my mouth. Alex you need to change that. Colm Meaney is Irish!! I doubt you wouldnt make a statement like actors and directors such as Sam Neil and Peter Jackson are Australian?! Not saying being called Brittish is a bad thing, but I for one am extremely proud of Irish cinema and the wealth of fine Irish actors and actresses and don't appreciate anything to do with Ireland being genetalised in such a manner. Ireland and England are too very seperate and completely different countries.

Jason on Aug 3, 2009


Apologies, my comment had a typo. It should read GENERALISED and not GENETALISED!!!

Jason on Aug 3, 2009


Looks intruiging. Maybe a "feel good" film?

Quanah on Aug 3, 2009


I recognized most of them...

Xerxex on Aug 3, 2009


#7, you can't be British if you refer to a football club as "Manchester"! Manchester has two clubs, but only one that matters - United.

Baz on Aug 4, 2009


It always amazes me how something so obscure and unimportant can be the basis for a full length feature. Seriously, who really gives a shit about some soccer coach? I mean, perhaps he has cured Cancer of found Osama or finally invented cold fusion - there would be something to flesh out the stroryline then, not some short lived tenure as a soccer coach.

Malcolm on Aug 11, 2009


It's important because it's Leeds united, Don Revie and Brian Clough. We Limeys get sick of having American pop culture icons shoved down our throat and are glad some of ours get across the Atlantic occasionally.

Chris Marton on Sep 3, 2009

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