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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 only thing more personal than friendship . . . is politics. See more »


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Peter Morgan and Michael Sheen spoke about developing this movie in 2007. It was originally going to be about Tony Blair's relationship with former American President George W. Bush. 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 Queen (2006) See more »

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Friendship
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by The New Broadway Cast Recording
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10 June 2016 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

one of films who easy could be criticized. but it remains beautiful and powerful and seductive. first - for the slice of British - American relationship. then for the art to remind well known contemporary events in different light. not the least - for the status of credible mixture of politic and human emotions. Martin Sheen is not a surprise as Tony Blair. he becomes a form of shadow of the Prime Minister in small details. at the first sigh, Dennis Quaid is far to be the best choice for Bill Clinton. but this fact becomes important for admire his great job. Hillary Clinton of Hope Davis is almost impressive. it is an useful film more than a good one. because it could be interesting support for understand/discover political life at high level. because it propose a trip in past using right tools. a beautiful film. about friendship. about pragmatic decisions. and picture of contemporary world.


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