I admit this is a year too late.
Nevertheless, The Damned United is certainly a must-watch movie.
The movie centres around England's best football manager of all time, Brian Howard Clough (pic). Michael Sheen turned out to be the perfect candidate to play Clough thanks to his convincing performance in the movie.
Such movies inspire, indirectly inviting fans to appreciate football. My hope is to see our local producers pull off such a feat on our local players or managers. If it does happen, please don't have a 'goodie-two-shoe' storyline. Tell is as it was, as it is.
Perhaps there could be a movie on Jalil Che Din or Karl Weigang. I'm sure scribes who once covered Weigang would agree the German was filled with punhcy quotes that would make an award winning dialogue.
Here are some of the memorable quotes (in my humble opinion):
Austin Mitchell: “Why do you now show such alacrity to joining them after such vituperative criticism of them for so long?”
Brian Clough: “Goodness. It will take me half an hour to explain all those words for a start.”
Brian Clough: “Football is a beautiful game Austin. It needs to be played beautifully.”
Brian Clough: “But instead of putting frowns on your forehead you elders of Leeds in your blazers and your brass-fu#king-buttons, it should put big white Colgate smiles on your big white faces.
Because it means I won’t eat, and won’t sleep until I’ve taken whatever that man’s achieved and beaten it.”
Brian Clough: “You lot may all be internationals and have won all the domestic honours there are to win under Don Revie. But as far as I’m concerned, the first thing you can do for me is to chuck all your medals and all your caps and all your pots and pans into the biggest fu@king dustbin you can find. Because you’ve never won any of them fairly.
You’ve done it all by bloody cheating.”
Brian Clough: “Football’s all about money now.”
Sam Longson: “…the reality of footballing life is this; the chairman is the boss, then comes the directors, then the secretary, then the fans, then the players and then finally, last of all bottom of the heap, the lowest of the low comes the one, who in the end, we can all do without…the fu$king manager.”
Brian Clough: “Bollocks Don Revie!”
Narration: “Brian Clough remains the greatest manager the England team never had”
HD says: As fitting as Fleetwood Mac's song, Clough was a Man of the World.