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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.

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... Gordon Brown
Matt Blair ... Ed Balls
... Tony Blair
... Charlie Whelan
Philippe De Grossouvre ... Waiter
Eilidh Fraser ... Returning Officer
... John Smith
Stuart McQuarrie ... Scottish MP 1
... Scottish MP 2
Nick Falk ... Junior Tory Minister
... Peter Mandelson
Jon Snow ... Himself
... Journalist 1
Roshan Rohatgi ... Journalist 2
... Party Worker
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Follows the rise to power of Tony Blair, and his friendship and rivalry with his contemporary, Gordon Brown.

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At the time of commissioning Douglas Henshall was considered for the role of Gordon Brown, whereas Daniel Craig was considered for the role of Tony Blair. See more »

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On the night of the 1992 election Brown speaks to Blair on his phone from his own constituency in Scotland. He tells him Peter (Mandelson) is with him. This is impossible as Mandelson will have been in Hartlepool (200 miles away) for his own election to parliament. See more »

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Fine history
31 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

It's 1994. Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) does a deal with Gordon Brown (David Morrissey) for the leadership of the Labour Party. Twelve years earlier, both Blair and Brown are new members after a Conservative landslide forced to share an office. The bombastic Brown rises quickly in the opposition ranks. The more personable Blair is slower but is Brown's confidant and close political ally. After a close but heartbreaking election in '92, Blair pushes Brown to run for the leadership but is rebuffed. Blair becomes more ambitious. Brown makes enemies in the party while Blair makes gains in popularity.

It's a fine docudrama about a couple of fascinating personalities. Both Sheen and Morrissey are well cast and great actors. It hits on the main points of history but it doesn't give the history life. Director Stephen Frears needs more personal moments between the two leads. The most compelling scenes are when Blair badgers Brown about his personal life and later when they start competing. This is a fine history. I wish Frears could dig deeper into the personalities and allow this to be even more Shakespearian.


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