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The Deal (2003)

Follows the rise to power of Tony Blair, and his friendship and rivalry with his contemporary, Gordon Brown.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

Peter Morgan, James Naughtie (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Morrissey ... Gordon Brown
Matt Blair Matt Blair ... Ed Balls
Michael Sheen ... Tony Blair
Dexter Fletcher ... Charlie Whelan
Philippe De Grossouvre Philippe De Grossouvre ... Waiter
Eilidh Fraser Eilidh Fraser ... Returning Officer
Frank Kelly ... John Smith
Stuart McQuarrie ... Scottish MP 1
Ian Hanmore ... Scottish MP 2
Nick Falk Nick Falk ... Junior Tory Minister
Paul Rhys ... Peter Mandelson
Jon Snow Jon Snow ... Himself
Stuart Bowman ... Journalist 1
Roshan Rohatgi Roshan Rohatgi ... Journalist 2
Gordon Morris ... Party Worker
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Storyline

Follows the rise to power of Tony Blair, and his friendship and rivalry with his contemporary, Gordon Brown.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deal - Berättelsen om Tony Blair See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (HBO Print)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Much of the plot is reportedly derived from the book "The Rivals" by James Naughtie. See more »

Goofs

Despite being set in the 1980s and early 1990s, no attempt has been made to disguise the scenes shot in Central London, so modern cars and buses (as of 2003) are regularly seen behind the characters. See more »

Quotes

Tony Blair: So do you think reticence like yours is a specifically Scottish trait? Because I've always thought there are broadly two kinds of Scot, the angry ginger kind and the brooding, intensely private saturnine kind.
Gordon Brown: You ask this as a Scot yourself, of course?
Tony Blair: You may mock, but I am a Scot.
Gordon Brown: As well as being black and working-class?
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Connections

Followed by The Special Relationship (2010) See more »

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Politics and Drama - match made in heaven
14 June 2011 | by a_2See all my reviews

The beauty of 'The Deal' is clearly the story, and for many a surprising and unknown real story. Peter Morgan does what he does best again by keeping the screenplay no nonsense and captures the delicacies of the time brilliantly. While many who may have in depth knowledge of the matter could have differing opinions on its deviations from reality, the movie is a very fine quality drama from a team which has given gems like Queen and Frost/Nixon.

Michael sheen is fantastic again and David Morrissey is more impressive than sheen. A story very admirably directed and acted, this story captures politics and drama behind a real story joyfully - a match made in heaven!


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