The Damned United gets UK release date
Story by Jack Foley
THE Damed United will be released in the UK on March 27, 2009, it has been confirmed.
Directed by Tom Hooper (John Adams, Longford, Elizabeth I), and adapted for the screen by Peter Morgan (The Queen, The Last King of Scotland, Frost/Nixon) from the best-selling and critically acclaimed novel by David Peace, The Damned United stars Michael Sheen (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) as the legendary, opinionated football manager Brian Clough with Timothy Spall as his right hand man, only friend, and crutch Peter Taylor.
Set in 1960’s and 1970’s England, The Damned United tells the confrontational and darkly humorous 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 (Colm Meaney), and on the back of their most successful period ever as a football club, Leeds had an aggressive and cynical style of football – an anathema to the principled yet flamboyant Brian Clough, who had achieved astonishing success as manager of Hartlepool and Derby County building teams in his own vision with trusty lieutenant Peter Taylor.
Taking the Leeds job without Taylor by his side, with a changing room full of 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.
Jim Broadbent plays Sam Longson, Derby Chairman.
The Damned United was shot on location throughout Yorkshire, Leeds,
Derbyshire and Spain.
Developed by Andy Harries and Christine Langan, the film is financed by BBC Films, Columbia Pictures and Screen Yorkshire. Sony Pictures Entertainment has worldwide rights.