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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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The third time that Michael Sheen plays former Prime Minister Tony Blair. The other two movies in which he earlier appeared as Blair were The Queen (2006) and The Deal (2003). See more »

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During a Scene in the Oval Office, a phone is shown on the desk which is a Cisco 7900 series IP phone. This model phone did not exist in the 90's. See more »

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Jonathan Powell: All political friendship is strategic and conditional.
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brilliant and astute portrait
19 December 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The main point of interest in "The Special Relationship" is in my opinion the changing status throughout the film of the strong friendship between Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. Ahead of his election Blair is portrayed as a fan of the US President, appreciating Clinton's advice and the fact that Bill has taken a great interest in his career. At the beginning they both appear to share a genuine mutual friendship whereas, as both their careers progress, the relationship does deeply change. The Special Relationship is a good dramatization of the America/Great Britain relationships during those very important years. However I had the impression that the film, though well acted and directed, would be more suitable for the TV rather than for the big screen. Overall it's about an insightful representation of UK/US relations, depicted through the exploration of a bromance and, more than everything, a glimpse of the real Tony Blair. Not unforgettable but a quality story for sure.


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