The Special Relationship (2010)

TV Movie  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, History  |  29 May 2010 (USA)
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A dramatization that traces former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair's relationships with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.



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Complete credited cast:
Protocol Officer
Advisor to the Clintons
American Journalist
Rufus Wright ...
British Journalist
Foreign Policy Advisor


In 1992 Labour leader Tony Blair goes to America and is impressed by the policies of President 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,Bush. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Never underestimate the politics of friendship.


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Did You Know?


And yet another reprised role from The Queen (2006) - Mark Bazeley plays Blair's aide Alastair Campbell in both movies. See more »


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


Jonathan Powell: All political friendship is strategic and conditional.
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Follows The Queen (2006) See more »


Written by Cole Porter
Performed by The New Broadway Cast Recording
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Surprisingly good!
13 June 2010 | by (Pa.) – See all my reviews

It seems movie reviews of this work are subject to the politics and realities of the event rather than the recreation and acting of this surprisingly good story. Dennis Quaid, who I've never seen do anything above mediocre work usually just mirroring himself, was just outstanding as Bill Clinton. I think it is by far his best piece of acting to date. Equally so for Michael Sheen who I am less familiar with. Both men did a good job of presenting the personalities, complexities and subtleties of each leader. "Hillary Clinton" didn't just look the part - she was Hillary (at least what we know of her). Bill was presented as the smart politician sleaze ball and failed leader of lost promise that he was. Tony Blair is presented as both a promising leader and sympathetic character doomed to eventual destruction. The story was able to project all this in its short 90 minutes. On top of that it was educational to boot. Good job!

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