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The Special Relationship (2010)




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Screenwriter Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) explores the complex relationship that developed between former American President Bill Clinton and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair as the two progressive statesmen strived to unite their countries toward a common goal. The growing bond between President Clinton and Prime Minister Blair is later solidified by the fact that their wives, Hillary Clinton and Cherie Blair, seem to have just as much in common as their powerful husbands.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Morgan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 30, 2010
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Michael Sheen
as Tony Blair
Dennis Quaid
as Bill Clinton
Hope Davis
as Hillary Rodham Clint...
Helen McCrory
as Cherie Blair
Adam Godley
as Jonathan Powell
Mark Bazeley
as Alastair Campbell
Chris Wilson
as Gordon Brown
Matthew Marsh
as Foreign Policy Advis...
Demetri Goritsas
as Strategist
Marc Rioufol
as Jacque Chirac
Nancy Crane
as Protocol Officer
John Schwab
as Reporter
Kerry Shale
as Advisor to the Clint...
Eric Meyers
as American Journalist
Rufus Wright
as British Journalist
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Critic Reviews for The Special Relationship

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (2)

Very astute.

Full Review… | June 1, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

It's smart and believable and very well-acted.

Full Review… | June 1, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

The Special Relationship does indeed focus on a friendship between two (admittedly powerful) dudes, but this is more than a mere episode of Entourage. For one thing, stuff happens.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

[The] glimpse of the real Blair was far more interesting than the clichéd version we saw throughout the film.

Full Review… | August 16, 2010
ABC Radio Brisbane

The third act in the chronicles of Tony Blair features Michael Sheen and scribe Peter Morgan in fine form, but a shaky turn by Dennis Quaid mars The Special Relationship from reaching its full potential.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

A dramatically flat exploration of the friendship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President Bill Clinton, as they navigate the personal and national challenges of high office.

Full Review… | August 7, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Special Relationship


Michael Sheen steals the show, and turns in another excellent performance. The movie itself was a little under whelming for me...decent, but nothing overly exciting.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

If you wander about the name of the movie, it comes from a phrase used to describe the close political, diplomatic, cultural and historical relations between the United Kingdom and the United States, following its use in a 1946 speech by British statesman Winston Churchill. The first drafts of the film dealt with Blair's special relationships with U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. However, screenwriter Peter Morgan excluded the Bush scenes from subsequent drafts (thus ending the narrative on January 20, 2001) because he found the Blair/Clinton dynamic more interesting. Morgan intended to make his directorial debut with the film but backed out a month before filming began and was replaced by Richard Loncraine. It is well executed movie with a real PR success... it managed to present two real war criminals as some kind of "liberators" with high moral standards...

Panta Oz

Super Reviewer


Could have been better I think but interesting. Wasn't as into Quaid's Clinton as I was the other main three actors - great performaces from them.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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