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The Deal (2003)

The Deal (2003)





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British director Stephen Frears' political docudrama The Deal was originally broadcast on Channel 4. The film is based on the real-life events that elevated Tony Blair to the seat of Prime Minister. The film shows how the hard-working, but not head-turning, Gordon Brown (David Morrissey) and the flashy Blair (Michael Sheen), two very opposite personalities, forged a working relationship while opposing Margaret Thatcher's government. When the Labor leader, John Smith, dies of a heart attack, on May 13, 1994, everyone believes Brown will ascend to the top of the party. But that isn't what happens. The film supposes what happened at a historic dinner meeting between Brown and Blair, at Islington, that led directly to Blair's appointment. This film is loosely based on The Rivals, written by James Naughtie.


David Morrissey
as Gordon Brown
Michael Sheen
as Tony Blair
Frank Kelly
as John Smith
Paul Rhys
as Peter Mandelson
Dexter Fletcher
as Charlie Whelan
Matt Blair
as Ed Balls
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All Critics (3)

just a couple of guys conniving their way to the top but mostly appearing to do so via telephone

August 2, 2008

A straight-up insider-politics study of ambition on a national scale.

Full Review… | July 31, 2008

A bold and credible effort to dramatize contemporary political history. [DVD]

Full Review… | July 21, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Deal

"Politics is not always about... higher matters." This sums up so much. Casts a bright light on the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Their friendship, climbing the ranks of parliamentary and the divisive agreement for one to move ahead of the other with sites set on Prime Minister. Might be old fodder for our English brethren, but I found it interesting. It's a short watch, anchored in strong performances. If you have an interest in politics, watch. If not, pass.

Gordon Clark
Gordon Clark

Half cooked political drama which totally fails both as a film and as a depiction of Labour's life under Tatcher. The character of Gordon Brown is not well built, the politicians seem only moved by boyhood ambitions and the camera work is as memorable as John Major's environmental policies...

Ben Gui
Ben Gui

Interesting portrait of the relationship of these two Prime Ministers and how they almost became enemies. Can't wait to see the third film in the Blair series about Bill Clinton!

Matt DeGroot
Matt DeGroot

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