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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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Dennis Quaid also played the President of the United States in American Dreamz (2006). See more »

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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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Michael Sheen great in reasonable TV movie
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The movie starts with Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) coming over to America to learn from their experiences and try to reinvigorate the Labour Party. He develops a close relationship with Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid). Then the relationships get more complex, and the movie ends with a press briefing from the real George W and Blair.

The movie is looking at this mostly from the point of view of Tony Blair. He starts off as an almost giddy schoolboy in awe of the great Bill Clinton. Michael Sheen is the best thing in this movie. He is probably the best person for the role. His superior acting skills is on full display. Dennis Quaid is not as good. He comes off as mimicking the president. Hope Davis is quite effective as Hillary. It's a pretty good recitation of the Clinton-Blair years concentrating on Northern Ireland, Lewinsky, and Kosovo from a 90 minutes HBO TV movie.


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