The Special Relationship
is a TV movie starring
Michael Sheen, Demetri Goritsas, and Adam Godley.
A dramatization that traces former UK prime minister Tony Blair's relationships with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
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
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Producer Tracey Scoffield said: "Peter [Peter Morgan] has an ability as a writer to go behind closed doors in a way that presents fact-based characters who are very convincing and real and show them doing surprising things. Because he chooses to use humor in his stories, showing people in domestic environments doing things and having conversations that we wouldn't normally imagine, we get the pleasure of thinking we're eavesdropping or given privileged access." See more »
When Tony Blair lands at Dulles Airport in 1992, the limo that picks him up bears a State of Washington license plate. See more »
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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This film is about Tony Blair and his working relationship with Bill Clinton during Blair's years as the British Prime Minister.
Michael Sheen portrays Tony Blair in a confident manner, the differences in his character's radiance between the beginning and the end of the film is easily observable. Hope Davis deserves a special mention. I have always thought she looks like Hillary Clinton, and Hope Davis brilliantly portrays a strong, determined, and able lady that remarkably resembles Hillary Clinton.
A political film may fall into the trap of becoming propaganda, but "The Special Relationship" does not feel anything like that. It portrays the mutual support between the two countries' leaders. It is a engaging story that is remarkably told and acted.
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