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Old 09-05-2021, 04:09 PM
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United [2011] #1: "How we are in the future will be founded on how we behave today."



U N I T E D (2011)
The true story of the 1958 Munich air disaster
involving Manchester United's beloved Busby Babes
and the team's rise from the ashes




Jack O'Connell as Bobby Charlton
David Tennant as Jimmy Murphy
Dougray Scott as Matt Busby
Sam Claflin as Duncan Edwards
Thomas Howes as Mark Jones
Philip Hill-Pearson as Eddie Colman
Brogan West as David Pegg
Ben Peel as Harry Gregg
Dean Andrews as Bert Whalley
Kate Ashfield as Alma George
Neil Dudgeon as Alan Hardaker
Tim Healy as Tommy Skinner
Melanie Hill as Cissie Charlton



In loving memory of the Manchester United players and crew
who perished in the Munich crash of February 6, 1958











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Old 09-10-2021, 04:19 AM
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A short video of filming, David Tennant (who played coach Jimmy Murphy) being interviewed:

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Old 09-12-2021, 04:40 PM
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Dougray Scott got very mixed reviews for his performance as Matt Busby, and I felt he was treated very unfairly.

I watched the making-of documentaries on the DVD and it's obvious how highly regarded he was among other cast members. David Tennant thought he nailed the accent (which makes sense because he is Scottish after all) and people talked at length at how much he studied Busby in preparation for the role (his mannerisms, his way of moving and his emotions regarding the tragedy). Also, Scott knew a lot about football and I think his father was a player.

Then all of a sudden, the movie came out and the reviews were brutal on him. But if you read what Busby's own son (Sandy) said then you'll understand that the problem lay with the crew more than Scott. Sandy released a statement saying he hated that they never showed his father dressed or acting like a coach, as the real Busby sometimes dressed in jogging wear and trained the boys on the pitch. He felt Busby came across as a gangster in what he wore, how he spoke and how he stood.

Again, I feel Scott was limited by the wardrobe he was given and it should be noted that there wasn't much focus on football being played by the boys, so Busby acted as more of an observer than a team leader in the movie.

I still think Dougray Scott portrayed him as appropriately emotional and sympathetic when it mattered. I'm sure it was a very difficult role to play, because Busby rarely liked to talk about the crash itself to people close to him. He usually put on a brave face and related everything to the positive aspects of how football thrived in the aftermath of such a harsh time for the club (not to mention the victims' families).
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Left to right, actors (and the real person they played): Ben Peel (Gregg), Thomas Howes (Jones), Brogan West (Pegg), Philip Hill-Pearson (Colman), Sam Claflin (Edwards) and Jack O'Connell (Charlton)

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Old 09-16-2021, 03:25 PM
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Always loved the banter scene in the dressing room:

DUNCAN: Listen to this, Bobby - the Kings of Romance here!
DAVID: I do fine playing field. [blows kiss]
EDDIE: Listen to him, thinks he's Casanova



and the actors all spent a lot of time together off set, visiting the Manchester United Museum in Old Trafford + football training together for practice + to build chemistry as well as get to know their characters.
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Old 09-17-2021, 12:45 PM
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This article is very informative about the Making Of process, the cast and crew are interviewed during filming about their characters and more ~

UNITED: Extra-Time (the Making Of)

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Old 09-18-2021, 04:48 PM
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The scene where Bobby is asked up to Busby's office and tries to reserve his excitement about making the team Busby is dying to laugh when he leaves.
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I would recommend this book The Lost Babes by Jeff Connor for learning more about the 8 players who died in the Munich crash of '58, five of whom had also played for Manchester United in the Youth Team (Bent, Pegg, Colman, Edwards and Jones).

The author also goes into detail about the severe injuries sustained by Jackie Blanchflower and Johnny Berry that left them unable to play professional football ever again.

It is often speculated that this book wasn't available to purchase in the MUFC Museum because United executives weren't happy with how it does not uphold the message of Man Utd being a "family club". For example, family members and teammates such as Harry Gregg provide details about how United staff took the "out with the old, in with the new" approach after Munich. Jackie and Johnny were forced out of accommodation pretty quickly (and by all accounts rather coldly).

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The real Busby Babes on tour, all smiles



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Memorial video to Harry Gregg, the goalkeeper for MUFC in 1958 who sadly passed away last year

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Yesterday, the official MUFC account paid tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton who made his debut at the club 65 years ago and was a survivor of the Munich crash

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Right in the feels Busby with Duncan Edwards, Jackie Blanchflower and David Pegg -

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It's nice to see Cristiano Ronaldo return to MUFC over a decade after leaving.

He said many times over the years that Old Trafford was like home to him + Sir Alex Ferguson was like a second father and he was clearly being truthful.



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@cristiano: My return to Old Trafford was just a brief reminder of why this stadium is known as the Theater of Dreams. For me, it has always been a magical place where you can achieve everything you set your mind into.

Along with all my teammates and with the amazing support that we always get from the stands, we face the road ahead with confidence and optimism that we’ll all be celebrating together in the end.

Proud to be back at Man. United and playing in the Premier League once again, but above all, happy to help the team!

Let’s go, Devils! 💪🏽🙏🏽
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Thomas Howes, David Tennant and Sam Claflin visiting Old Trafford in preparation for making the film (the rest of the cast were also there):

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Bobby Charlton and 60's MUFC team mate Denis Law in front of their monuments at Old Trafford:

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