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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.

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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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"The term 'special relationship' [was originally] coined by [former British] Prime Minister 'Winston Churchill'" according to the film's DVD sleeve notes. See more »

Goofs

When Tony Blair visits Washington in 1992, he is picked up from the airport in a 1998 Lincoln Town Car. Also visible in this scene is a 1995 Lincoln Town Car, two 1998 Ford Crown Victorias and a 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis. See more »

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Bill Clinton: This Administration has been born in controversy, national shame and illegality, and it is my bet that that's the way they'll go out.
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Follows The Queen (2006) See more »

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Friendship
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by The New Broadway Cast Recording
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fantastic
17 January 2011 | by (Austin, TX, United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed every minute of this film and think it represents the best in political filmmaking. As a former high school civics teacher, I wish I had had a film like this to show my classes on the inner workings of real government. I highly recommend that teachers rent this film along with "All the President's Men" to explore both the weaknesses and strengths of our democratic system.

Dennis Quaid was Bill Clinton.

I found the film to be even-handed and responsible in covering events in our history that many of us wish had never happened. Loved the kitchen scene after Bush's victory speech between Blair and Clinton.

Don't miss the opportunity to rent or buy this film!


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