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The Deal (2003)

Follows the rise to power of Tony Blair, and his friendship and rivalry with his contemporary, Gordon Brown.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

Peter Morgan, James Naughtie (based on the book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Morrissey ... Gordon Brown
Matt Blair Matt Blair ... Ed Balls
Michael Sheen ... Tony Blair
Dexter Fletcher ... Charlie Whelan
Philippe De Grossouvre Philippe De Grossouvre ... Waiter
Eilidh Fraser Eilidh Fraser ... Returning Officer
Frank Kelly ... John Smith
Stuart McQuarrie ... Scottish MP 1
Ian Hanmore ... Scottish MP 2
Nick Falk Nick Falk ... Junior Tory Minister
Paul Rhys ... Peter Mandelson
Jon Snow Jon Snow ... Self
Stuart Bowman ... Journalist 1
Roshan Rohatgi Roshan Rohatgi ... Journalist 2
Gordon Morris ... Party Worker
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Follows the rise to power of Tony Blair, and his friendship and rivalry with his contemporary, Gordon Brown.

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Biography | Drama

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One of a number of political films / politically themed pictures featuring actor Michael Sheen. The movies include The Deal (2003), The Queen (2006), Frost/Nixon (2008), The Special Relationship (2010), and Kill the Messenger (2014). See more »

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On the night of the 1992 election Brown speaks to Blair on his phone from his own constituency in Scotland. He tells him Peter (Mandelson) is with him. This is impossible as Mandelson will have been in Hartlepool (200 miles away) for his own election to parliament. See more »

Quotes

Tony Blair: So do you think reticence like yours is a specifically Scottish trait? Because I've always thought there are broadly two kinds of Scot, the angry ginger kind and the brooding, intensely private saturnine kind.
Gordon Brown: You ask this as a Scot yourself, of course?
Tony Blair: You may mock, but I am a Scot.
Gordon Brown: As well as being black and working-class?
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Connections

Followed by The Special Relationship (2010) See more »

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Blair-Brown partnership evolves in Blair's favour
27 August 2015 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

Stephen Frears has done some excellent movies documenting recent British social and political history. In this particular movie, he gives us the background to Tony Blair's ascendancy to the leadership of the British Labour Party. After getting a seat in Parliament in 1983, Tony Blair, performed by Michael Sheen, was very much a junior to the formidable Scot named Gordon Brown, a longtime member of the party, played by David Morrissey. We see Blair looking for office space after his election and sharing a room with Brown as the two become friends during the Thatcher era. Brown is an intellectual with a thick Scottish accent and brooding manner. He does his homework and gives a rousing first speech. Tony Blair takes himself and his work much less seriously and seems very much a lightweight but his easy manner and likability pay dividends down the road. I enjoyed David Morrissey in the Gordon Brown role and got an appreciation for the difficult spot he found himself in when he eventually succeeded Blair as leader in 2007. Michael Sheen is a competent actor, playing Blair in The Queen and The Special Relationship and also David Frost when he faced Richard Nixon in a series of interviews. The movie is also interwoven with actual film clips from the era of Thatcher, and Labour Leaders Neil Kinnock and Michael Foote. We see how Brown, for all his apparent ambition, seems to hold back when opportunity knocks while the less goal driven Tony Blair eventually sails toward the leadership by force of personality and good luck. This movie was made before Tony Blair stepped down as prime minister and we know Gordon Brown was defeated in 2010 without ever winning an election on his own. Life can be unfair but Tony Blair did in his final years, face difficult times and left office discredited by the war in Iraq. His personal popularity has never recovered. Two great politicians are contrasted here and the movie sheds great light on their personal friendship and rivalry.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deal - Berättelsen om Tony Blair See more »

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Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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