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Based on the true story of how Manchester United, the youngest championship team in English soccer history, rose from the ashes of a tragic plane crash that devastated the team. Powerfully acted, United is tale of overcoming-the-odds; a triumphant film not to be missed by sports fans.

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  • Actors: Jack O'Connell, David Tennant, Dougray Scott
  • Directors: James Strong
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0076YFJJA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,352 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Everything I was expecting and more.
Neal A. Mccarthy
The film is beautifully shot and richly textured both visually and emotionally.
DJ Joe Sixpack
It's a story told without affectation.
T. F. Smeeth

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bob Bob Bob on April 6, 2012
Format: DVD
Aired in the UK in 2011, this is based upon the Munich air disaster of 1958 which virtually wiped out the young Manchester United soccer team the "Busby Babes" , so named because of their inspirational manager, Matt Busby, and their young age. David Tennant's performance is a 'tour de force' and the whole programme is an emotional roller coaster, from the despair of the disaster to the inspirational way Tennant's character, Jimmy Murphy, sets about recruiting and building a side to complete the season. If this doesn't move you, nothing will. Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Stalcup on June 23, 2012
Format: DVD
Is this for a highly specific audience? Yes. Unless you're a fan of that most beautiful sport of football and a United supporter (To City supporters, every dog has its day, so SHUT IT) who knows the history, this isn't for you.

Is this a family film? Depends on the family and how much you know of Manc culture. As the late Granada TV presenter/Co-founder of Factory Records Anthony H. Wilson often stated, "In Manchester, **** is a preposition." It shouldn't be a surprise that they swear in the film. Rather, one should be surprised by how LITTLE they swear.

Yes, the last good Time Lord is in it as Jimmy Murphy, looking not a thing like the late Mr. Murphy. Had this been a theatrical release instead of a BBC2 production, chances are the former Mr. David Macdonald would've received an Oscar nod.

There's even a decent Paul Weller song over the end credits, and I've been biased against his output for thirty years now since he broke up The Jam.

A brilliant film. I bawled me eyes out at the end. Escape to Victory (aka Victory) has been dethroned as my favorite football film, knocked down to second place. The Damned United is a close third and Fever Pitch, despite Colin Firth's involvement, a distant fourth.

"I'm a Man United, Often Slighted, Red and Whited, Man United Man."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on August 5, 2012
Format: DVD
First, let me tell you about the DVD jacket of "United," a made-for-TV film (but theatrically released outside UK), broadcast on 24 April 2011 on BBC. The jacket is misleading. The film is about "Munich air disaster" in 1958, an airplane crash that took the lives of twenty-three people onboard including the football (soccer) players of Manchester United. Though it is about football, "United" does not contain any football game scenes, so if you are expecting films like "Goal! The Dream Begins," you may be disappointed.

To describe the tragic event, the film focuses three real-life people: Matt Busby, manager of Manchester United, who gets nearly killed in the accident (Dougray Scott); Bobby Charlton, a young football player, who after the tragedy went on to become a legend (Jack O'Connell); and Jimmy Murphy, assistant manager, who was not on the flight (David Tennant). The actors all did fine jobs (though I find Scott's Matt Busby too dark). David Tennant, "Tenth Doctor" of the "Doctor Who" series, is a real standout as Jimmy Murphy taking over the job of manager to reassemble the team.

Obviously the filmmakers of "United" wanted their film to be as accurate as possible. It shows us many details: how Bobby Charlton was found on the ground, strapped in his seat; how some of the team members moved to the back of the plane before the fatal take-off; how goalkeeper Harry Gregg, miraculously unscathed, went back into the wreckage and saved passengers, and so on.

So you might ask: why only three stars? That "United" does not have football scenes did not bother me. The story itself is a moving one, but I somehow didn't find myself emotionally involved in the way the story was told.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosi A. Sundin on January 12, 2013
Format: DVD
You don't really need to be a Manchester United fan to enjoy this movie. I watched just because I wanted to see more of David Tennant and it was well worth my time, although it cost me quite a few tears. Very inspirational, has brought a new motto to me: what you are in the future is founded by how you behave today. Oh, and David Tennant? There is way more to him than just brandishing a sonic screwdriver!
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This is an infamous story of the loss by air accident of a large portion of the Manchester United football team during a time, the mid-1950s - following WWII but well before the uptick in interest in English Premier League football (soccer) which has grown steadily each decade along with the advent of television coverage from the 1960s to today's sophisticated, global array of sport-specific networks.
Well told, with steady pacing that belies the modern maxim of Hollywood filmmaking that you cannot take the time to get to know a large cast of characters. It combines simplicity and clarity with technical proficiency and good old fashioned storytelling to convey a complex and challenging situation.
If you are unaware and uninitiated into the world of 1950s professional football in England, you will still be able to enjoy the film. Mostly because it is told through its characters, and handled with sensitivity to the delicacy of the moment - careful not to turn it into an overly-flogged hero worship film yet also employing painstaking efforts to capture a time, and a city community that while far to the North of its nation's capitol of London, nonetheless had its key place in British society.
There will be some for whom the film falls short in either direction - too slow without not enough dramatics on one hand, too detailed in showing the effects of the crash on the other. For me the nuances are well served, especially within the lead characters, as they put their lives back together, and as the love of the game gets to rise again in each individual, each in their own way, and each with a unique place and role in the overarching story of a community coming back together. It's a story told without affectation.
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