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The Special Relationship (2010)

A dramatization that traces former UK prime minister Tony Blair's relationships with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Director:

Richard Loncraine

Writer:

Peter Morgan
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Sheen ... Tony Blair
Demetri Goritsas ... Strategist
Adam Godley ... Jonathan Powell
Marc Rioufol ... Jacques Chirac
Mark Bazeley ... Alastair Campbell
Helen McCrory ... Cherie Blair
Nancy Crane ... Protocol Officer
Dennis Quaid ... Bill Clinton
John Schwab ... Reporter
Hope Davis ... Hillary Clinton
Kerry Shale ... Advisor to the Clintons
Lara Pulver ... Intern
Eric Meyers ... American Journalist
Rufus Wright ... British Journalist
Matthew Marsh ... Foreign Policy Advisor
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Storyline

In 1992, Labour leader Tony Blair goes to America and is impressed by the policies of President Bill Clinton, which he uses to reshape his party. Two years later, he is invited back for an audience with Clinton, who, rightly, predicts that he will be Britain's next Prime Minister. Thus begins the 'special relationship' between the two, though Clinton is clearly the senior partner with Blair seeking his advice on Northern Ireland. The situation in Kosovo however reverses the roles as Blair forces American intervention by a reluctant president and is seen in the American media as the hero of the hour. As Clinton accuses his ally of stabbing him in the back the special relationship starts to sour and, with Clinton ultimately out of the White House, Blair takes his first photo call with the next incumbent, George W. Bush. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Taglines:

CLINTON. BLAIR. THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP. See more »


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Commenting on his view of the "special relationship" between Tony Blair and Bill Clinton, actor Michael Sheen said: "In the film, you get a sense of the potential, of the excitement of having these two men, as Clinton says, 'on the same team'. With their hands on the joystick of power for the first time together, it felt like the world was about to change." Sheen continues: "I think it was more to do with potential than anything that was actually realized in terms of policy. Who knows what could have happened if Clinton's focus in his second term had not been side-tracked by the scandal, if his administration had not been hamstrung in a lot of ways?" See more »

Goofs

When Tony Blair lands at Dulles Airport in 1992, the limo that picks him up bears a State of Washington license plate. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Powell: All political friendship is strategic and conditional.
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Connections

Follows The Deal (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Friendship
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by The New Broadway Cast Recording
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Michael Sheen great in reasonable TV movie
31 March 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

The movie starts with Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) coming over to America to learn from their experiences and try to reinvigorate the Labour Party. He develops a close relationship with Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid). Then the relationships get more complex, and the movie ends with a press briefing from the real George W and Blair.

The movie is looking at this mostly from the point of view of Tony Blair. He starts off as an almost giddy schoolboy in awe of the great Bill Clinton. Michael Sheen is the best thing in this movie. He is probably the best person for the role. His superior acting skills is on full display. Dennis Quaid is not as good. He comes off as mimicking the president. Hope Davis is quite effective as Hillary. It's a pretty good recitation of the Clinton-Blair years concentrating on Northern Ireland, Lewinsky, and Kosovo from a 90 minutes HBO TV movie.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Peter Morgan Project See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$550,789
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (archive footage)| Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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