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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.

Director:

Richard Loncraine

Writer:

Peter Morgan
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Sheen ... Tony Blair
Demetri Goritsas ... Strategist
Adam Godley ... Jonathan Powell
Marc Rioufol ... Jacques Chirac
Mark Bazeley ... Alastair Campbell
Helen McCrory ... Cherie Blair
Nancy Crane ... Protocol Officer
Dennis Quaid ... Bill Clinton
John Schwab ... Reporter
Hope Davis ... Hillary Clinton
Kerry Shale ... Advisor to the Clintons
Lara Pulver ... Intern
Eric Meyers ... American Journalist
Rufus Wright ... British Journalist
Matthew Marsh ... Foreign Policy Advisor
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

From the writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon. See more »


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

For Hillary Clinton, portrayed by Hope Davis, dialogue coach Penny Dyer described her vocal quality as "a gift of a voice . . . a 'great guns' voice that has a noticeably bigger vocal energy than Bill ['Bill Clinton']'s. So whatever Dennis Quaid is doing [as Bill], Hope Davis has to take it beyond that." Actress Hope Davis added: "We're not here to try to mimic our characters or become them. We're trying to show their story, and we walk that line between serving and honoring the story itself and making people know the second they turn on their TV who they are looking at." See more »

Goofs

When Tony Blair lands at Dulles Airport in 1992, the limo that picks him up bears a State of Washington license plate. See more »

Quotes

Bill Clinton: This Administration has been born in controversy, national shame and illegality, and it is my bet that that's the way they'll go out.
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Connections

Follows The Queen (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Lonely Blue Boy
Written by Benjamin Weisman and Fred Wise
Performed by Conway Twitty
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Surprisingly good!
13 June 2010 | by flyzone1See all my reviews

It seems movie reviews of this work are subject to the politics and realities of the event rather than the recreation and acting of this surprisingly good story. Dennis Quaid, who I've never seen do anything above mediocre work usually just mirroring himself, was just outstanding as Bill Clinton. I think it is by far his best piece of acting to date. Equally so for Michael Sheen who I am less familiar with. Both men did a good job of presenting the personalities, complexities and subtleties of each leader. "Hillary Clinton" didn't just look the part - she was Hillary (at least what we know of her). Bill was presented as the smart politician sleaze ball and failed leader of lost promise that he was. Tony Blair is presented as both a promising leader and sympathetic character doomed to eventual destruction. The story was able to project all this in its short 90 minutes. On top of that it was educational to boot. Good job!


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Peter Morgan Project See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$550,789
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (archive footage)| Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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