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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 would play Tony Blair once again in The Queen (2006) and in The Special Relationship (2010) (TV).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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Before They Were Prime Minister, 4 October 2010
Author: Matthew Kresal from United States

They were called "the future" within the UK's Labour Party. For twelve years, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair had risen through the ranks with the goal of modernizing a party that was a shadow of a former self. In 1994, their friendship turned into rivalry when the chance to lead the party presented itself to them. The Deal is the film version of that story: their friendship during their rise through party ranks, the rivalry that ensued and the dinner that decided their respective fates.

The Deal is headed by two fine actors playing two very real figures. Michael Sheen shines in the first of, to date, three performances as Tony Blair. Over the course of the film, Sheen plays Blair from first time MP to the man who holds the "big job" in his grasp and, as a result, his performance has an intriguing arch through it. Then there is David Morrissey as Gordon Brown, the man with "Labour leader" written all over him. Morrissey's performance has very much the same arch as Sheen's though towards the end, as paths diverge, Morrissey's performance becomes more moody if not downbeat. There respective performances are wonderfully contrasted in scenes such as their walks through London streets, their argument after Brown realizes that Blair intends to run for the leadership and the dinner where the film's title takes place. Together these two performances carry the film on its journey across over a decade of British political history as they meet first as office mates to friends and then rivals for power.

There is a fine supporting cast as well. Leading the supporting cast are Frank Kelly as Blair and Brown's mentor and Labour leader John Smith and Paul Rhys as Peter Mandelson who ultimately becomes something of a king-maker when the two become rivals for leadership. Important players in the drama include Elizabeth Berrington as Cherie Blair and Dexter Fletcher as Brown's aide Charlie Whelan. The supporting cast gives Sheen and Morrissery fine actors to bounce off of and make their performances better while being given a chance to shine themselves.

The film's production values are good, considering the film's low budget. The film was mostly shot on location which gives the film a strong sense of reality to it. This sense of reality is strongly heightened by the cinematography of Alwin Küchler, especially in the scenes set inside the halls of power at the film's climatic dinner scene. The film also makes fine use of its low budget by using a wealth of archive footage that showcases the events that shaped the rise of the films two protagonists that not only informs the viewer but gives the entire film a larger sense of scope. Last but not least is the score from composer Nathan Larson that, while sparsely used, makes a huge impact nonetheless. These various elements in front of and behind the camera, under the splendid direction of Stephen Frears. Frears direction and attention to the drama gives the viewer the feeling of watching history taking place in front of them. There are only a few instances where this sense of reality is broken such as if the viewer pays attention to the anachronistic cars during the sequences where Blair and Brown walk through London streets though I suspect most viewers might not even notice them. Overall though Frears direction, and the production values as a whole, work and work splendidly.

Last but not least is Peter Morgan's fine script. Real life dramas can often be dull but Morgan takes what could be a boring story of recent politics into a fascinating drama about two rising politicians. At its heart is not the politics of the two men but their friendship. It is a friendship built in a cramped office with a shared goal of modernizing the Labour Party. Their friendship is tested as personal ambitions and weaknesses turn into a rivalry that could either make them or destroy them forever. It all comes down to a simple dinner scene that is, despite us knowing its outcome, a fascinating few minutes where Morgan brings the journey to its climax. Along the way Morgan gives the actors fine dialogue that add a human dimension to this rise to power. The result is a fine script that illuminates two leaders and their rise to power.

The Deal then is an illumination of recent history. From the performances of Michael Sheen and David Morrissey as Blair and Brown, respectively, to the supporting cast and the production under the direction of Stephen Frears to Peter Morgan's script the film is a fascinating journey. It is the journey of Blair and Brown: their friendship during their rise through party ranks, the rivalry that ensued and the dinner that decided their respective fates.

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