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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.

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


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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Dialogue Coach Penny Dyer previously worked with Michael Sheen on both The Deal (2003) and The Queen (2006), but appreciated the "different" Tony Blair who appears in The Special Relationship (2010). Dyer said: "This is a Tony Blair who sort of comes into his own, who finds his own power, his own strength - both mental and spiritual. We actually hear the political transition in his voice." See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 Deal (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Lonely Blue Boy
Written by Benjamin Weisman and Fred Wise
Performed by Conway Twitty
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God help us all
8 September 2013 | by sergepesicSee all my reviews

As we are about to attack another country under the guise of protecting human rights, this HBO movie hits the spot. Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, two fake progressives, shape the world according to their interests and political advantages. Tony Blair, as portrayed in this flick, is a naive, almost comical in his ineptitude, character. After all the unfulfilled promises and outright lies it is not surprising how unpopular he became in Great Britain. Blindly following both American presidents, but all this time building his own legacy. And he built it all right. When he left the office his approval rating was embarrassingly low. After the horrendous war campaign waged on Serbia in 1999 ( based on intentionally inflated numbers of victims, that were never found), and attack on Iraq( based on non-existing WMD), Mr. Blair is lucky that he didn't end up on trial for war crimes himself. God help us all with leaders like these people.


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Release Date:

29 May 2010 (USA) See more »

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$550,789
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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