United

2011

Drama / History / Sport

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 71%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 71% · 250 ratings
IMDb Rating 7.3/10 10 13185 13.2K

Director

Top cast

David Tennant as Jimmy Murphy
Kate Ashfield as Alma George
Sam Claflin as Duncan Edwards
Jack O'Connell as Bobby Charlton
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899.31 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
PG-13
24 fps
1 hr 37 min
Seeds 3
1.8 GB
1920*1080
English 5.1
PG-13
24 fps
1 hr 37 min
Seeds 3

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by scattiee-1 8 / 10

Brilliant British film

I didn't know what to expect with this film as I'm not a football fan.

I love British films so I thought I'd give it a watch, even though it's not the sort of film I would usually go for.

I'm so glad I did now. It was moving and taught me lots about the Munich disaster (I wasn't even born when it happened).

David Tennant is fantastic (obviously) and all the other actors were brilliant.

My daughter has told me that there has been a lot of controversy about this film but I'm glad I haven't read any of it as it was just a really good film.

Would defiantly recommend it.

Reviewed by rebecca-claire-turner 7 / 10

Good, but not quite good enough.

I know far too much about the Munich Air Disaster and the lives it claimed, both in death and in injury. I spent a large portion of my formative years studying it with the hope to write a book about the event from a young football fan (which is still in its infancy). As a result, when I found out that BBC were producing and broadcasting a drama about the Munich Air Disaster, my interested was piqued; not to be critical necessarily, but to just see how other people portrayed it.

The drama follows the reality of the Air Disaster, mainly from the eyes of Bobby Charlton and Jimmy Murphy which begins in 1956 with the former wondering when he will get his first team chance. Before I watched it, I figured it would be from his point of view - big name, known all over the world, Air Disaster survivor, etc. You get a (very) brief introduction to some of the players (Pegg, Colman, Jones, Edwards) and to Jimmy Murphy (played by David Tennant) and Matt Busby. It follows the problems Manchester United and Busby in particular getting the team into Europe, and a little bit about the players home lives (at home with the landladies, at a dance). This is all a build up to the crash itself, and the aftermath through Charlton's and Murphy's eyes - climaxing when Manchester United go to Wembley to face Bolton Wanderers after the air disaster.

The direction of the dramatization is very good - the scenes are filmed beautifully. David Tennant plays the pain of Jimmy Murphy very well, although Tennant is significantly younger than the age Murphy was at the time of the Munich Air Disaster. The way he grieves is very real and he really put a good performance on.

However, I have issues with the drama.

The role of Matt Busby (played by Scott) depicts a rather shady character; shown more during the conversation with the FA about United going to Europe. Whilst Busby was very forceful about his opinions, I think they hammed this characteristic up. A huge discrepancy I had with the film was the insinuation that Busby largely left all team talk up to Murphy - whilst this is partially true, Busby was a very active participator in team training and was one of the first "training" managers of that era, and of whom we see today. The portrayal that he simply walked into the changing room to bark orders and leave the tactics up to Murphy was quite inaccurate.

Onto the players; why were so many omitted? Roger Byrne, Liam Whelan, Geoff Bent, Albert Scanlon, Bill Foulkes especially? The latter was a lynch pin in helping survivors in the aftermath of the crash, along with Harry Gregg who was featured. I voiced this to a friend, who said maybe the families of those concerned wished not to be portrayed within the film, but I found it utterly baffling that someone like Roger Byrne, the captain of the team, would not even be mentioned (apart from when his death was being read out). I also had a problem with the journalists, trainers and other passengers who were not mentioned, especially those who died like Frank Swift.

I thought at the end there may be a small tribute to those who passed on, so was surprised when nothing came up.

In spite of this, I thought the actors were very good (in the way they were directed, even if it was painfully inaccurate). The cinematography was fantastic and a joy to watch in terms of scenery. I just wish it had been a bit more accurate, considering so much time has passed and with so much information readily available about the crash (and prior), I would have hoped for something a bit more true to life.

Reviewed by Prismark10 6 / 10

Old Trafford

United is a docu-drama about the infamous 1958 Munich air disaster which claimed the lives of many of the Busby Babes and how the Manchester United team marched on from that dark day and rebuilt.

The focus is less on Matt Busby played by Dougray Scott in a stoic manner because he is sidelined after the crash as Busby was seriously injured and hospitalised for some time.

The focus is on David Tennant as Jimmy Murphy who has to cope with the aftermath, get a side together some from the lower leagues and get them to play. There is also the issue of some of the survivors being emotionally damaged from the incident such as Bobby Charlton who feels unable to play. Then there are the injuries to Duncan Edwards widely regarded as one of the best young players of his generation who survived the crash but later died.

As someone who knew little but the basics of this disaster I found the film informative and emotional. I would acknowledge the film had to condense the story which means some of the characters are sidelined or ignored but it is an affirming story of overcoming the odds that should get even non soccer fans involved.

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