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Peter Morgan (written by) and
James Naughtie (based on the book by)
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Release Date:
8 November 2007 (USA) See more »
Follows the rise to power of Tony Blair, and his friendship and rivalry with his contemporary, Gordon Brown. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

David Morrissey ... Gordon Brown
Matt Blair ... Ed Balls

Michael Sheen ... Tony Blair

Dexter Fletcher ... Charlie Whelan
Philippe De Grossouvre ... Waiter
Eilidh Fraser ... Returning Officer

Frank Kelly ... John Smith

Stuart McQuarrie ... Scottish MP 1
Ian Hanmore ... Scottish MP 2
Nick Falk ... Junior Tory Minister

Paul Rhys ... Peter Mandelson
Jon Snow ... Himself

Stuart Bowman ... Journalist 1
Roshan Rohatgi ... Journalist 2
Gordon Morris ... Party Worker

Gordon Kennedy ... John Brown
Jayne McKenna ... SNP Candidate

Elizabeth Berrington ... Cherie Blair

Jessica Oyelowo ... Make-up Artist
Glenna Morrison ... Anji Hunter

Peter Morgan ... TV Interviewer
John Normington ... Shadow Minister
Clare Clifford ... Euro Delegate (as Claire Clifford)
Valerie Edmond ... Sheena McDonald
Kananu Kirimi ... Press Secretary
Robert Hines ... Political Editor

David Nicholls ... Production Assistant (as David A. Nicholls)
Andrew Rawnsley ... Himself

Joanna Scanlan ... Sue Nye
Kenna Campbell ... Herself
Keeley Gainey ... Soap Actress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paddy Ashdown ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Zeinab Badawi ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Margaret Beckett ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tony Benn ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tony Blair ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gordon Brown ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Michael Buerk ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alastair Campbell ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kenneth Clarke ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Anne Diamond ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ray Donn ... Officer (uncredited)
Michael Foot ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Norman Fowler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Roy Hattersley ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Derek Hatton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dennis Healey ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edward Heath ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Neil Kinnock ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Norman Lamont ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nigel Lawson ... Himself (archive sound) (uncredited)
John Major ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Trevor McDonald ... Himself (archive sound) (uncredited)
David Mellor ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nick Owen ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Prescott ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Arthur Scargill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Julia Somerville ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
David Steel ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alastair Stewart ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edward Stourton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jack Straw ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Norman Tebbit ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Denis Thatcher ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Margaret Thatcher ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jim Wallace ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Frears 
Writing credits
Peter Morgan (written by)

James Naughtie  based on the book by

Produced by
Lucy Bedford .... assistant producer
Sue Calverley .... line producer
Andy Harries .... executive producer
Christine Langan .... producer
Peter Morgan .... associate producer
John Yorke .... commissioning editor (uncredited)
Original Music by
Nathan Larson 
Cinematography by
Alwin H. Küchler (director of photography) (as Alwin Küchler)
Film Editing by
Lucia Zucchetti 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Production Design by
Michael Pickwoad 
Art Direction by
Malcolm Stone 
Costume Design by
Odile Dicks-Mireaux 
Makeup Department
Paul Mooney .... makeup artist
Susanne Moser .... makeup trainee
Anne Spiers .... hair designer
Anne Spiers .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Howard .... second assistant director
Stuart Renfrew .... first assistant director
Alex Streeter .... third assistant director
Devina Artley .... daily third assistant director (uncredited)
Chris Burgess .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Josh Wilkins .... daily third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dominic Capon .... production buyer
Barry Gates .... dressing prophand
Catriona McKail .... assistant art director
Roy O'Connor .... property master
Amy Pickwoad .... art department assistant
Michael Povey .... stand-by prop hand
Chris Rawlings .... stand-by prop hand
James Skipsey .... dressing prophand
Ian Taylor .... stand-by construction
Sound Department
David McMillan .... sound maintenance
Nigel Mills .... dubbing editor
Reg Mills .... sound recordist
Ben Norrington .... dubbing editor
Adrian Rhodes .... dubbing mixer
Mike Wood .... dubbing editor (as Mike Woods)
Colette D. Dahanne .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Rik Elliott .... sound (uncredited)
Lee Kerr .... sound (uncredited)
Adam Sharpe .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Marcus Millichope .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Butler .... electrician
Peter Byrne .... clapper loader
Toby Flesher .... electrician
Reuben Garrett .... gaffer
Tony Goulding .... electrician
Lorraine Jones .... camera trainee: FT2
Henry Landgrebe .... clapper loader: b camera
Stephen Mathie .... rigging gaffer
Rob Peek .... stand-by rigger
Jim Philpott .... grip
Terry Roberts .... electrician
Tony Sankey .... grip
Micky Seamore .... stand-by rigger
Olly Tellett .... focus puller
Marcel Zyskind .... Steadicam operator
Marcel Zyskind .... camera operator
Casting Department
Lissy Holm .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kate Chilcott .... wardrobe assistant
Ilona Karas .... wardrobe trainee
Colin May .... wardrobe supervisor
Nigel Hyams .... daily costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Pani Ahmadi-Moore .... assistant editor
Andrew Mitchell .... on-line editor
Tamer Osman .... on-line editor
Colin Peters .... colorist
Transportation Department
Barry Goodwin .... unit driver (uncredited)
Rob MacKnight .... driver: unit minibus (uncredited)
Other crew
Seb Cardinal .... floor runner
Andrew Gwyn Davies .... production trainee: FT2 (as Andrew Davies)
Penny Dyer .... voice coach
Ruth Gibbs .... unit nurse
Kerry Gill-Pryde .... researcher
Simon Hill .... accounts assistant
Pat Karam .... location manager
Marigo Kehoe .... head of production
Joanna Lazarus .... assistant coordinator
Amy McCombe .... location assistant
Marcus Millichope .... titles
Victoria Mills .... production assistant
Rebecca Nazareth .... production coordinator
Charlie Simpson .... location unit manager
Dee Taylor .... script supervisor
Nathan Woods .... production accountant
Aidan Boulter .... client liaison manager (uncredited)

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90 min | USA:76 min (HBO Print)
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Michael Sheen was playing Caligula in the evenings while rehearsing for this film.See more »
Anachronisms: Despite being set in the 1980s and early 1990s, no attempt has been made to disguise the scenes shot in Central London, so modern cars and buses (as of 2003) are regularly seen behind the characters.See more »
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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The formula of politics, 30 September 2003
Author: paul2001sw-1 ( from Saffron Walden, UK

In some ways, the story of Gordon Brown and Tony Blair is profoundly uninteresting. Two men with a similar political philosophy consider challenging for the leadership of the party, eventually decide not to compete with one another but subsequently (in events not covered by this film) fall out. Of course, there are many "what ifs", but politics is full of these. The absence of a philosophical clash, or a deep personal emnity, makes their deal in some senses trivial - one guy stood aside for the other, so what? If any other job than that of potential Prime Minister had been at stake, would anyone care? Because of that job, their decision clearly had some significance. But politicians make deals all the time with one another - and had we not a media obsessed with political minutiae, that history might well have been forgotten. According to the briefings, it certainly hasn't been forgotten by Brown - but that doesn't necessarily make it important.

Stephen Frears' film tries hard to reconstruct these events, but it fails to really gain life, telling us what we know already without really adding anything new. David Morrissey, as Brown, is less convincing than when given free rein to play a fictional politician as he did recently in 'State of Play'; Michael Sheen, as Blair, is always just a little bit more callow and hollow than the real thing. The story suggests there was little real friendship between the two, which reduces the tale to a series of empty manoeverings. And while it's fun to see representations of various political characters, we get too little sense of their whole lives. There are a few nice touches (Blair's instinctive family values, Brown's genuine grief at John Smith's death) but 'The Deal' still feels like a compilation of yesterday's newspapers. History will certainly remember both men, but their deal will surely rate only a footnote. For good or ill, Blair stood and won - and that's all we really need to know.

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