5 MOVIES SIMILAR TO THE DAMNED UNITED
The story of Brian Clough’s 44 day stint as manager of Leeds United Football Club takes place in 1974 England. When Don Revie quits Leeds to become the England boss, the outspoken Brian Clough takes charge. Determined to impose his own style upon Revie’s tough tackling team, Clough soon alienates his players and the board. Based on the book by David Pearce.
1. THE FOOTBALL FACTORY
Tommy Johnson is a member of the Chelsea Firm, whose life revolves around booze, drugs and violence, but whose increasing nightmares make him question his choice of life. Shot in documentary style, this film shows a realistic view of football hooliganism.
2. MEAN MACHINE
In a rough-and-tumble British prison, where murderers, thieves and assorted madmen are locked away, inmate Danny Meehan (Vinnie Jones) is about to lead them all in the ultimate battle of their degenerate lives — but no one could have guessed it would be a soccer match! Now, in an all-out playoff against the despised guards, the prisoners’ goal isn’t just to make goals; it’s to prove the indomitable nature of the spirit, no matter how much it gets kicked, bloodied or knocked around.
Santiago Muñez, a Mexican cook in Los Angeles, gets a chance to follow his dream of playing professional soccer. A talent scout with contacts in the United Kingdom spots him and offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance: If he can find a way to England, he can try out for the Newcastle United team. Gavin Harris, a star player, takes young Santiago under his wing and helps him prove himself to his disbelieving father.
4. LOOKING FOR ERIC
Ever since his wife (Stephanie Bishop) left him, Eric Bishop’s (Steve Evets) life has fallen apart. His two teen sons (Gerard Kearns, Stefan Gumbs) have little regard for him, his job at the post office is increasingly unfulfilling and he ends up in the hospital after a car crash. One night, he smokes marijuana and has a vision of his favorite Manchester United soccer player: Eric Cantona. With the help of his idol and his daughter (Lucy-Jo Hudson), Eric tries to get his life straightened out.
Football match Real Madrid vs. Villareal, April 23, 2005, from the perspective of soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane.