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The Deal Reviews

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February 13, 2015
The Element Of 'Made For Television' Is There, In The Shadows Of The Production..But The Story, True-To-Life Is Great. Sheen Plays A Pigsney Blair Character Whom Ultimately Is Contrite In Victory, Falling Arse-Over Backward Into Leadership. His Performance Is By Far The Best, All The Rest Of The Cast Just Tag Along For Show.
November 8, 2012
"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.
March 20, 2012
A rather Brownite account of Blair and Brown's rise through the ranks of the Labour Party. Michael Sheen is excellent, as always, and the use of real TV footage brings the whole thing to life. Just make sure you also read The Third Man, Peter Mandelson's excellent book, for a more balanced historical perspective...
½ September 10, 2011
interesting topic undermined by snail-like pacing
Super Reviewer
September 15, 2010
michael sheen does his first tony blaire, 3 years before the queen, along with david morrissey as john presscot, meeting in the 80s when they become labour mps, forging a friendship and working relationship, with a eye on the top job in the future, with presscot as prime minister, bth are on fine form, and the story shows well, the early years, and when the conservatives were in power, but als how presscot, was the driving force and a future country runer with blaire by his side, events dident turn out like that so interesting to see how things and thinking could have been
½ August 8, 2010
The Prequel to the much acclaimed The Queen, this film falls short of the mark, largely because the subject matter is far less interesting. Whilst The Queen deals with the Royal's inability to connect with the nation over Diana's death, and Tony Blair's natural ability to do so, the Deal is about the rise to political prominence of Blair and his friend and rival Gordon Brown. And how this movie missed Helen Mirren's rogal presence. Left to his own devices Michael Sheen does his best, and gives a believable performance (again) as Blair, and David Morrisey does a credible rendition of Brown, but the script is dull and the action is largely confined to the office the two upstarts share and Blair's favourite resturant. Oh.. and innumerable phone calls. The film is only really for people who have an interest in Britsh politics per se, but even then it gives us no real insight beyond what has already been reported ad nauseam in the media. Worth buying for Brits for whom this might be the movie equivalent of comfort food.
June 1, 2010
I know very little about British politics, so I wasn't terribly entertained by the details. However, I did enjoy the main performances, and movies about political shenanigans tickle my brain somehow. So all in all: No big whoop, but pretty good.
March 24, 2010
Superlative filmmaking, just like The Queen. Can't wait to see the trifecta completed with The Special Relationship.
January 2, 2010
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...
Super Reviewer
½ December 25, 2009
December 17, 2009
David Morrissey is fantastic as Gordon Brown as is Michael Sheen playing Tony Blair. Good account of what happened in the rise of Labour following their decimation in the General Election of 1983.
½ October 26, 2009
This British political flick was a bit boring.
½ September 17, 2009
This movie chronicles the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown through years in opposition to an eventual confrontation over the Labour Party leadership. The movie is fast-paced and less than 90 minutes long. "The deal" refers to Blair's offer to Brown of control over finance policy in return for not challenging him for the leadership. The movie was enjoyable to watch but had it been fiction I probably would have not been as interested. The attraction of a movie like this is that we are seeing behind the scenes stuff about very important people. We are voyeurs. On the other hand, this movie is much better than, say, Primary Colors. The movie was written and directed by the same team that made The Queen and stars the same guy as Tony Blair.
September 10, 2009
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!
May 15, 2009
Before Stephen Frears and Michael Sheen moved to the excellent The Queen.
They and screenwriter Peter Morgan gave us this excellent film of the so called deal between Gordon Brown and Tony Blair at a top resturant in London.

Michael Sheens Blair in the flashbacks is portrayed as a wet behind the ears MP eager to impress and trample over otheres to get what he wants.

David Morriseys Gordon Brown on the other hand is a dour dyed in the wool socialist Whos sees everything with cold reasoning.

Peter Morgans script crackles with great dialogue and one suggests that you see this film before watching the Queen to get an idea where the film makers were going.

A powerful work and a good watch too
Super Reviewer
½ May 8, 2009
[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Stephen Frears, "The Deal" is an illuminating and well-acted docudrama based on fact that questions the notion of the necessity of compromise in politics. The movie starts on a fateful day in 1994 as Gordon Brown(David Morrissey) is planning to meet future war criminal Tony Blair(Michael Sheen, who I have nothing against by the way) to discuss the leadership of the Labour Party. Brown is especially bristling at the fact that the meeting place is at an upscale restaurant in Islington on Blair's turf.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]The central conflict of "The Deal" is one of class. In fact, even with Brown being from a working class home in Scotland and Blair having attended public school, the two ambitious politicians quickly bond in a shared cramped office, having both first been elected at the height of Margaret Thatcher's popularity after Great Britain beat the high holy snot out of Argentina in the Falklands War. Brown pays homage to Labour's core of workers while Blair(who is depicted as being an unctuous weasel) is tired of constantly losing to the Conservatives and wants to win at any cost. He gets his wish in the end. It is a shame because politics in any two party system is cyclical on a national level. The cycles vary depending on circumstances, economics and monumental screw-ups. For example, the Conservatives are about to take power back in the present day.[/font]
½ May 2, 2009
Excellent! I 'am never disappointed by this director. It draws the viewer in and keeps the audience interested from beginning to end.
March 30, 2009
Fascinating treatment of British politics and the interplay of style and substance --- both of which are integral to the process, though often downplayed by those who choose the other. Prequel that sets up "The Queen" very well.
½ March 7, 2009
The writing and performances are top notch. While it's not hugely exciting or moving, it's an interesting portrayal of what turned out to be an important time in recent British politics.
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