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The Special Relationship (2010)

TV Movie  -   -  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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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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David Morrissey was asked to reprise his role of Gordon Brown, however he left before filming because his character only had one scene. In the end Chris Wilson played the role. See more »

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

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Jonathan Powell: All political friendship is strategic and conditional.
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Follows The Deal (2003) See more »

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Friendship
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by The New Broadway Cast Recording
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An engaging portrayal of a political relationship
18 December 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about Tony Blair and his working relationship with Bill Clinton during Blair's years as the British Prime Minister.

Michael Sheen portrays Tony Blair in a confident manner, the differences in his character's radiance between the beginning and the end of the film is easily observable. Hope Davis deserves a special mention. I have always thought she looks like Hillary Clinton, and Hope Davis brilliantly portrays a strong, determined, and able lady that remarkably resembles Hillary Clinton.

A political film may fall into the trap of becoming propaganda, but "The Special Relationship" does not feel anything like that. It portrays the mutual support between the two countries' leaders. It is a engaging story that is remarkably told and acted.


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